Aislinn Sarnacki

Aislinn Sarnacki

Outdoors Reporter

 
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Easy-to-make holiday cookies your dog will love

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 8:13 a.m.
When the holidays roll around, I always try to come up with at least a few homemade gifts for family and friends. I don’t know if these gifts actually save me any money in the long run, but I do know that I have much more fun making things than shopping. …
A Carolina wren perches on a branch in Cape Neddick on Dec. 15, 2014.

Maine birders dive into annual Christmas bird count

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Dec. 17, 2014, at 2:07 p.m.
Thousands of people across the country have been combing the land, sky and water since Sunday for the 115th annual National Audubon Christmas Bird Count, the longest running citizen science survey in the world. “The goal is to count every individual bird in your area, which is kind of crazy …
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1-minute hike: Birch Mountain Ledges, Peaks-Kenny State Park

on Dec. 16, 2014, at 11:10 a.m.
Difficulty: Moderate. The Birch Mountain Ledges Loop is about 2 miles long. Starting by the shore of Sebec Lake at a little over 300 feet above sea level, the trail climbs the northeast slope of the mountain to just under 700 feet above sea level. The trail does not lead …

1-minute hike: Birch Mountain Ledges of Peaks-Kenny State Park

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Dec. 16, 2014, at 10:50 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and her hiking companions check out the Birch Mountain Ledges Loop Trail of Peaks-Kenny State Park in Dover-Foxcroft on Dec. 14, 2014. The 2.5-mile loop is great for snowshoeing, hiking and dog walking.
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Where in the woods am I? Peaks-Kenny State Park

on Dec. 15, 2014, at 10:10 a.m.
K-Tweedie, Gardiner Farms, Downeastah, Keith Bloniasz (via email), Ted Pearson (via Facebook), Sandie ‘Bluebearee’ Sabaka (Facebook), Lisa Leonard (Facebook) and Judy Wasson (Facebook) won the “Where in the Woods Am I?” game for Peaks Kenny State Park in Dover-Foxcroft in December 2014 given these verbal clues and the following gallery of photos: Derek, Oreo …
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A black bear stands at the edge of the forest in Hancock in June 2014.

Maine wildlife agency spent $31,000 to defeat bear hunting referendum

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Dec. 12, 2014, at 2:52 p.m.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spent at least $31,000 on campaign materials, television ads, debate coaching and staff time to fight Question 1, the citizen initiative to ban bear baiting, trapping and hounding in Maine. The spending was detailed in internal agency documents and invoices released to …
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Baxter State Park begins $100,000 effort to relocate Katahdin’s Abol Trail

on Dec. 12, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
The Baxter State Park Authority recently approved a $100,000 project to relocate the Abol Trail, a popular hiking route up Mount Katahdin that closed earlier this year due to a rock slide that resulted in hazardous conditions for hikers. Late in the winter, debris began moving on Abol Slide, forming an unstable debris field.  “Boulders were …
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Porcupine pops up out of nowhere, stirs curiosity

on Dec. 11, 2014, at 10:51 a.m.
Rarely do I see animals while hiking with my dog Oreo. We’re much too loud. He runs back and forth, snapping branches and pulling on the leash, which causes me to stumble over rocks and roots from time to time. I’m constantly telling him to slow down or “stay” so I can …
An adult male winter moth is easily distinguished from a female winter moth because females have stunted wings that render them flightless. The winter moth was first discovered in Maine in substantial numbers in December 2011 and poses a threat to a number of plants, including maple, oak and apple trees.

Destructive winter moth has Maine bug experts asking for help from public

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Dec. 10, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
As snow begins to cover the landscape, most insects in Maine have either died, fled or gone into hibernation. But not so for the aptly named winter moth, which emerges from the cold ground to take flight on winter nights. New to the state of Maine, the winter moth, while …
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1-minute hike: Trenton Community Trail

on Dec. 09, 2014, at 10:27 a.m.
Difficulty: Easy-moderate. The entire hike, including the bog boardwalk (out and back), is 2.4 miles,  according to the trail map. Challenges of the trail include many bog bridges, a couple narrow bridges spanning streams, exposed tree roots and uneven ground. Change in elevation is minimal. How to get there: A …

1-minute hike: Trenton Community Trail

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Dec. 09, 2014, at 10:22 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and her dog Oreo explore the 1.8-mile Trenton Community Trail and bog boardwalk on Dec. 4, 2014, in Trenton. The trail opened in 2013 and includes several interpretive displays about the wildlife and plants of the area.
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Where in the woods am I? Trenton Community Trail

on Dec. 08, 2014, at 9:59 a.m.
Rich Brey won the “Where in the Woods Am I?” game for Trenton Community Trail in December 2014 given these verbal clues and the following gallery of photos: After covering Oreo’s paws with Musher’s Secret, a wax that helps protect him from the cold and rough ice and snow, we headed into the …
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Maine Woods Forever seeking nominations for new Teddy Roosevelt conservation award

on Dec. 05, 2014, at 3:30 p.m.
In an effort to recognize the state’s young conservationists, Maine Woods Forever has recently rolled out the new Teddy Roosevelt Maine Conservation Award, and their looking for nominations for the award’s first recipient. “What [the recipient] does for conservation could be a huge number of things,” said John Rust, a board …
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Maine gifts for cats, dogs, and their loving owners

on Dec. 04, 2014, at 8:01 a.m.
When the holiday season rolls around, I always look for ways to include my pets in the festivities. They’re part of the family, after all. They deserve a little special treatment, whether it’s an extra dish of diced chicken or a special new toy. That’s why my dog and two …
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Brian Hughes of Orono, an employee at Friend & Friend dealership in Old Town, drives a Polaris side-by-side vehicle on Nov. 19 on an ATV-designated road in Bradley.

All-terrain riders: Side-by-side vehicles gain popularity in Maine’s off-roading community

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Dec. 03, 2014, at 12:50 p.m.
Built to be driven year round, side-by-side all-terrain vehicles are becoming increasingly popular in Maine, where the four seasons bloom in full glory. Mud or snow, rain or shine, these ATVs help people explore the great outdoors in comfort. “My husband and I go out every weekend on a trail …

Side-by-side vehicles gain popularity in Maine

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Dec. 03, 2014, at 12:43 p.m.
Take a ride with Brian Hughes of Orono, an employee at Friend & Friend dealership in Old Town, in a Polaris side-by-side vehicle on on ATV-designated road in Bradley.
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1-minute hike: Northern Pond Nature Preserve in Monroe

on Dec. 02, 2014, at 10:39 a.m.
Difficulty: Easy-moderate. The trail network consist of 2.5 miles of trails that travel over uneven forest floor and bog bridges. The most difficult trail of the network, Hemlock Ridge Trail, climbs a hill that rises 445 feet above sea level beside Northern Pond. How to get there: From the junction …

1-minute hike: Northern Pond Natural Area in Monroe

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Dec. 02, 2014, at 10:07 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and hiking buddies Derek Runnells and Oreo the dog explore the 2.5-mile trail network in Northern Pond Natural Area in Monroe. Owned by the town, the land is open to the public for a variety of low-impact recreation, including hiking, boating, hunting, fishing and trapping.
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Where in the woods am I? Northern Pond Natural Area

on Dec. 01, 2014, at 9:58 a.m.
Caitlin Gunn won the “Where in the Woods Am I?” game for Northern Pond Natural Area in Monroe in December 2014 given these verbal clues and the following gallery of photos: My most recent hike was a bit gloomy, with fog, freezing drizzle, and clouds blocking out the sun. But it was still …
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People brave the cold while waiting of the doors to open at Target in Bangor on Thursday night before Black Friday shopping.

Amid Black Friday mayhem, Bangor family surprises salespeople

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Nov. 28, 2014, at 5:52 a.m.
As shoppers stormed superstores across the nation at midnight Friday to reap the benefits of post-Thanksgiving sales, one Maine family had another agenda, one imbued with a touch of holiday spirit. Joining the crowd at Target superstore in Bangor, the family of four dodged shopping carts to hand out chocolates …
 
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