Aislinn Sarnacki

Aislinn Sarnacki

Outdoors Reporter

 
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1-minute hike: Shore Acres Preserve on Deer Isle

on Sept. 02, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
Difficulty: Easy. The 1.5-mile loop trail travels over fairly even terrain to several scenic locations along the shore. The trail is well-traveled and marked with blazes. Be careful of exposed tree roots and rocks. How to get there: From Route 15 in Deer Isle, turn onto the Sunshine Road at …

1-minute hike: Shore Acres Preserve on Deer Isle

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 02, 2014, at 10:12 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and her dog Oreo hike the 1.5-mile loop trail of Shore Acres Preserve on Deer Isle on Aug. 29, 2014. The trail leads to several rocky outlooks on the shore.
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Maine Game Warden Kris MacCabe stars in video opposing Question 1

on Sept. 02, 2014, at 9:52 a.m.
Maine game warden Kris MacCabe, star in the Animal Planet TV show “North Woods Law,” discusses why the Maine Warden Service is opposed to Question 1, a referendum to ban bear baiting, in a video posted Tuesday morning by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Question 1 on …

The backpack burden: The concern for students’ spines

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 01, 2014, at 5:27 a.m.
Ever pick up your child’s school backpack and wonder if it’s filled with bricks? If so, you’re not alone. Those ridiculously heavy burdens have plagued students — and concerned parents — for many years, according to local chiropractors. Not only are overstuffed backpacks unwieldy and vexing, they can cause students …
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Flea fight: How to survive ‘flea season’

on Aug. 28, 2014, at 12:28 p.m.
Fur plastered the sides of my bathtub last evening. Orange fur from cat Bo; grey from cat Arrow; and black and white from dog Oreo. Sodden towels covered the floor. And somewhere in the house, three disgruntled pets were shaking water from their clean coats. With any luck, they were …
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Pedal the Penobscot right around the corner, register now!

on Aug. 27, 2014, at 3:38 p.m.
The 8th annual Pedal the Penobscot Road Ride will be held Sunday, Sept. 7, starting at the Bangor Waterfront, at the intersection of Front and Railroad streets. More than 200 bicyclists are expected to participate in the community event, hosted by the Bangor Land Trust. (Register here, now!) “The cyclists …
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David "Tracy" Moskovitz, co-founder of Hidden Valley Nature Center, sits on a bench by the center's bog boardwalk in Jefferson.

Hidden Valley Nature Center to host celebration as ‘Outstanding Tree Farmers’ of Maine, northeast

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 27, 2014, at 3:12 p.m.
Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson will throw its biggest open house yet to celebrate being named the 2014 Outstanding Tree Farmers of Maine and northeast region of the United States. The daylong free event will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, and will include nearly 50 different activities …

Hidden Valley Nature Center wins Outstanding Tree Farmers of Maine, northeast region

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 27, 2014, at 3:02 p.m.
Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson has been awarded the 2014 Outstanding Tree Farmers of Maine and the northeast region, which consists of 12 states.
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1-minute hike: Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson

on Aug. 26, 2014, at 11:51 a.m.
Difficulty: Easy to strenuous, depending on the trails you choose and the time of year. On the center’s trail map, trails are graded as easy, moderate or difficult. How to get there: Hidden Valley Nature Center is located at 131 Egypt Road in Jefferson. To get there, start at the …
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Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust earns national recognition

on Aug. 25, 2014, at 2:23 p.m.
Maine’s Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust – which has conserved more than 4,500 acres in Hancock County – is one of 25 land trusts nationwide to be awarded first-time accreditation this month from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, according to a recent press release. Accredited land trusts are authorized to display a seal indicating to the …
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Where in the woods am I?

on Aug. 25, 2014, at 9:34 a.m.
Last week, my dog Oreo and I visited a hiking locale that has been on my list for a few years now. It’s a bit of a drive from Bangor – about an hour and a half – and I was pleased that Oreo didn’t get car sick on the way there. …
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Mountain Mama of Maine turns native plants into skincare, meet her at folk fest

on Aug. 21, 2014, at 3:07 p.m.
Where most people see weeds and wildflowers, Janet Edwards sees valuable medicinal plants. As “Mountain Mama of Maine,” Edwards uses common flora such as jewelweed and comfrey to concoct various salves and soaps that her customers have enjoyed for years. This weekend, Edwards will be one of the many vendors …
A monarch butterfly feeds on milkweed in this file photo.

The butterfly effect: Monarchs continue to vanish from Maine fields

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 20, 2014, at 11:23 a.m.
People are seeing fewer monarchs across the country, and lepidopterists (people who study moths and butterflies) believe the population decline is because of two primary factors: destruction of their winter habitat and destruction of their primary food source, milkweed. In Maine, monarch butterflies have been slowly disappearing from the landscape …
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A Maine bug’s life, photo gallery II

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:36 p.m.
Yep, I’m still obsessed with bugs. You can blame it on my parents, who bought me a “bug hotel” when I was a little girl. I still feel sort of bad about all the creepy crawlies I probably killed in that little wooden box. Caterpillars do not make good pets. Here …
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1-minute hike: Goose Ridge in Montville

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:54 a.m.
Difficulty: Moderate. The 3.7-mile trail travels over hilly terrain. While maintained and marked well, the trail does present a few challenges. Prepare for a few short muddy sections, some steep slopes, exposed roots and a few rocky sections as well. How to get there: The Goose Ridge Trail has two …

1-minute hike: Goose Ridge in Montville

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and hiking buddies Derek Runnells and Oreo the dog explore Goose Ridge Trail, a part of the Sheepscot Headwaters Trail Network, on Aug. 16, 2014, in Montville. The 3.7-mile trail travels along the ridge to two fields that provide great views of the area.
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1-minute swim: The Ledges in Baxter State Park

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
Difficulty: Easy to strenuous, depending on where you choose to swim. Swift currents, rapids and small waterfalls make this section of Nesowadnehunk Stream exciting, but there are small natural slides and calmer areas of shallow water for children to enjoy under supervision. There’s also plenty of space for sunbathing and relaxing …

1-minute swim: The Ledges in Baxter State Park

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 18, 2014, at 11 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and other visitors of Baxter State Park enjoy the natural water slides at The Ledges, a swimming area in the park, on Aug. 9, 2014, near Millinocket.
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Where in the woods am I?

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 9:50 a.m.
We picked a hike that would be good for Oreo (our dog) this past weekend. By that I mean a fairly long trail without a lot of traffic and plenty of hills for running and expending energy. Also, of course, dogs were permitted, which certainly isn’t the case for all trails. …

Maine biologists discuss bear population in light of upcoming referendum

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 16, 2014, at 6:13 a.m.
Bear biologists Randy Cross and Jennifer Vashon with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife discuss the growing black bear population in Maine and how that relates to the upcoming referendum to ban the use of bait, hounds and traps in bear hunting on Aug. 5, 2014, at the …
 
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