Aislinn Sarnacki

Aislinn Sarnacki

Outdoors Reporter

 
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Lisa Smith of Falmouth, a volunteer for Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, travels door to door in Portland on Aug. 10, 2014, to encourage voters to vote "yes" on Question 1, a referendum to ban the use of bait, hounds and traps in black bear hunting in Maine, which is appear on the Nov. 14 ballot.

Visit by U.S. humane society president brings national view to Maine’s bear baiting vote

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 11, 2014, at 5:43 a.m.
The president of the Humane Society of the United States canvassed in Portland on Sunday to encourage “yes” votes on Question 1 on November’s ballot — the referendum to ban the use of bait, traps and hounds to hunt black bear in Maine. Wayne Pacelle is a veteran of anti-baiting …

US humane society president visits Maine to support bear referendum

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 11, 2014, at 5:38 a.m.
Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, visited Portland on Sunday to walk door-to-door encouraging residents to vote “yes” on Question 1, a referendum to ban the use of bait, traps and hounds in bear hunting in Maine, which is scheduled for the Nov. 14 ballot. …
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Backyard birds: enjoying wildlife in the city

on Aug. 08, 2014, at 10:07 a.m.
While I’ve put out bird feeders in the past, this spring, I went a bit crazy. Not only did I make a bird feeder out of an antique Coca-Cola bottle, I purchased several bird feeders (including a hummingbird feeder) and suet cages. When I found myself rolling a cart full …
Book cover of "Mystery of The Eagle's Nest" by Tamra Wight of Poland, published in August 2014 by Islandport Press.

Maine author invites readers, raptors to campground book launch

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 06, 2014, at 4:06 p.m.
“MYSTERY OF THE EAGLE’S NEST,” written by Tamra Wight and illustrated by Carl DiRocco, August 2014, Islandport Press, 175 pages, hardcover, $16.95. Young outdoor explorers Cooper and Packrat are back in Tamra Wight’s second novel for middle schoolers, “Mystery of the Eagle’s Nest,” scheduled to hit bookstores on Aug. 18. …
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Maine Audubon announces new executive director

on Aug. 05, 2014, at 3:54 p.m.
The Maine Audubon, the largest Maine-based wildlife conservation organization, announced today the appointment of Charles F. Gauvin as its new executive director. Gauvin brings more than 25 years of experience in conservation leadership, much of it as the president and CEO of Trout Unlimited, the nation’s leading river and fish conservation organization, according …
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Encounters of the itchy kind: Learning about Maine’s toxic plants the hard way

on Aug. 05, 2014, at 2:16 p.m.
Pushing aside tall leafy plants with our forearms, we waded through the underbrush, picking up our knees to prevent our legs from becoming tangled. Crap. Another bug bite, I thought as my shin began to itch. Or was it my thigh? My left knee? Both of my legs were itching. …
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1-minute hike: Triplet Park in Unity

on Aug. 05, 2014, at 9:21 a.m.
Difficulty: Easy. The wide, grassy paths of Triplet Park travel over even terrain and make up less than 0.5 mile of walking. A wide boardwalk leads out of the park to the nearby Bartlett Shore Trail, which is a bit longer than 1 mile and leads to the shore of …

1-minute hike: Triplet Park in Unity

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 05, 2014, at 9:07 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and hiking buddies Derek and Oreo the dog explore Triplet Park in Unity on Aug. 3, 2014.
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Where in the woods am I?

on Aug. 04, 2014, at 10:21 a.m.
My first hike didn’t go as planned on Sunday (I’ll write about that later), so Derek and I, along with our dog, Oreo, visited a nearby park to recover. This park ended up being fantastic, a hidden gem, with a hobbit house, flower gardens, raised beds, a short trail and educational …
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Here’s one way to entertain your dog on a rainy day

on July 31, 2014, at 11:12 a.m.
I was typing away at the kitchen table when something soft struck the back of my head. Naturally, I turned in my seat to see what it was — then reeled back as a red orb came hurtling toward my face. A balloon bounced off my cheek and fell. Behind …

One way to entertain your dog on a rainy day

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 31, 2014, at 10:28 a.m.
Oreo the dog discovers balloons.
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One night in the Maine mountains: my first solo tenting experience

on July 29, 2014, at 4:17 p.m.
The sun was high in the sky when I left civilization behind and walked into the woods at the foot of Bigelow Mountain for my first night alone in the wilderness. Any small doubts I originally had about the trip were swept away when I reached the beat-up, wooden sign …
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1-minute hike: Bigelow Mountain near Stratton

on July 29, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
Difficulty: Very strenuous. The summit of Bigelow Mountain is just over 4,000 feet in elevation, making it one of the tallest peaks in Maine. Hiking to the summit is about 4.5 miles, one way, but hikers often travel along the ridge to lesser peaks, making for a loop hike of …

1-minute hike: Bigelow Mountain near Stratton

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 29, 2014, at 10:16 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki hikes Bigelow Mountain near Stratton and tents out at Avery Memorial Campsite near the mountain’s Avery Peak on July 22-23, 2014. She also visits the mountain’s West Peak, South Horn, North Horn and Horns Pond.
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‘A bug’s life’ in Maine – photo gallery

on July 28, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.
I go through phases with photography, and the recent story I wrote about Maine spiders directed my focus to the smaller things in nature. You know, bugs and stuff. Recently I photographed a few insects while walking my dog and visiting family, and I was pleasantly surprised by the results. …
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Where in the woods am I?

on July 28, 2014, at 9:29 a.m.
My most recent hiking adventure was actually a two-day trip that included camping at a designated tent site a few thousand feet above sea level. See if you recognized where I hiked (as well as watched the sunset, slept and hiked again) by viewing this rather large photo galley from my trip. …
Kristen Hart, 21, of Newburgh, paints the "M" in "Greetings from Bangor, Maine" on a mural designed by Annette Dodd, co-owner of the Rock and Art Shop in Bangor, on July 25, 2014, on the wall of the brick building at 152 Main Street in downtown Bangor, which houses the Main Tavern.

Bangor artists begin work on new downtown mural

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 25, 2014, at 3:59 p.m.
A mural in downtown Bangor will soon add a splash of color to the old brick building at the corner of Main and Union streets. Designed by Annette Dodd, co-owner of the Bangor’s Rock and Art Shop, the mural will resemble a vintage postcard. The painting stage of the project …
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Holy duck parade! 25 mergansers team up on Flagstaff Lake

on July 25, 2014, at 10:06 a.m.
At first, I thought they were loons, with their large heads and long bills. They were swimming along in a group of 25, bobbing on the choppy water of Flagstaff Lake. But loons don’t travel in packs that large, do they? I thought not. Upon closer inspection, through the zoom on …
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Bear referendum supporters to gather in Portland this weekend, the start of baiting season

on July 24, 2014, at 4:22 p.m.
This weekend marks the start of bear baiting season in Maine, when hunters and guides enter the woods to fill bait sites with food meant to attract bears for the fall hunt, which begins next month. In response, Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, the group leading a campaign to ban bear baiting, hounding and …
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Cats hijack ‘dog blog’ to discuss merits of cat grass

on July 24, 2014, at 10:48 a.m.
Dear future admirers, It has come to our attention that far too much is written about Oreo, the rowdy and frankly obnoxious dog. So we’ve hijacked this blog. Who are we, you ask? My name is The Green Arrow, and snacking on cat grass beside me is my best friend, Bobo Jinx. …
 
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