Aislinn Sarnacki

Aislinn Sarnacki

Outdoors Reporter

 
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Maine Island Trail Association releases new mobile app for boaters

on July 02, 2014, at 11:56 a.m.
The Maine Island Trail, a recreational water trail that connects more than 200 islands and mainland sites along the coast of Maine, can now be explored virtually with a mobile app, released July 1. The free app, developed by the Maine-based software company Chimani, in partnership with the Maine Island …
Roger Poulin (left), a deaf and blind man from Washington, and his service provider Roni Lepore, who also is deaf, on Friday in Millinocket. The two finished hiking the Appalachian Trail together on Tuesday at the top of Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park.

Word from the Woods: Summer is most definitely here

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 02, 2014, at 11:07 a.m.
Holy hotness. Summer is here, there’s no doubt about it. I’m not much of a swimmer, but with these high temperatures, all I can think about is taking a nice cool dip. Fortunately, Maine is home to about 6,000 lakes and ponds, and our coastline is about 3,500 miles long. …
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1-minute hike: Becton Trail on Blue Hill Mountain

on July 01, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.
Difficulty: Moderate. The 1.75-mile Becton Trail gradually climbs Blue Hill Mountain, which rises 934 feet above sea level. The trail is well marked, narrow in some places and filled with exposed roots and rocks. A few bog bridges span the soggiest sections, but you may encounter a little mud. How …

1-minute hike: Becton Trail on Blue Hill Mountain

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 01, 2014, at 10:12 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki hikes the Becton Trail to the top of Blue Hill Mountain with hiking buddies Derek Runnells and Oreo the dog on June 29, 2014, in Blue Hill. The Becton Trail opened in the summer of 2013.
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Where in the woods am I?

on June 30, 2014, at 9:34 a.m.
It was a hot, humid day on Sunday, when Derek and I decided to go on a hike with our dog Oreo. While we enjoyed our time outdoors, I wish there had been a pond, lake or even the ocean to take a dip in along the way. Oreo decided to …
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Roni Lepore (right) shows the sign for steep edge Friday afternoon in front of the River Drivers Restaurant in Millinocket. Roger Poulin, a deaf and blind man from Washington, (left) and Lepore finished hiking the Appalachian Trail together on Tuesday.

‘Go out and really adventure’: Blind, deaf Winthrop native completes Appalachian Trail hike

By Aislinn Sarnacki on June 28, 2014, at 6:09 a.m.
Roger Poulin, who is deaf and blind, ascended the summit of Mount Katahdin on Tuesday to likely become the first person with both disabilities to finish the entire 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail. He hiked the rugged footpath, which spans from Georgia to Maine, with the support of Roni Lepore, a support …
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Tips on helping your pup enjoy the ‘dog days of summer’

on June 27, 2014, at 8:29 a.m.
On hot, sunny days, there’s nothing a dog enjoys more than getting outside and chasing a squirrel or two. Ask my dog Oreo. But sometimes, it’s not that simple. Even Oreo, who has extremely sort fur, overheats when the sun is blazing overhead on a cloudless summer day. And heat isn’t the …
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State releases final wording of ballot question on bear referendum

on June 26, 2014, at 3:38 p.m.
The final version of the question that will appear on the November ballot regarding new restrictions on bear hunting was released today by Secretary of State Matt Dunlap. According to a press release, the question will read: “Do you want to ban the use of bait, dogs or traps in …
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Ted Nugent speaks out against bear referendum

on June 26, 2014, at 1 p.m.
It may not come as a surprise that rockstar and avid hunter Ted Nugent is against the referendum to ban bear baiting, hounding and trapping in Maine, and Tuesday, the famous musician made his views on the referendum clear in a email interview with the BDN. The interview was spurred by news …
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Osprey family reinforces importance of giving wildlife space

on June 26, 2014, at 12:31 p.m.
The osprey nesting off the beach at Sandy Point Beach Park are a photographer’s dream. They’re used to the presence of people, and for years, they’ve successfully raised young in a nest they’ve built on old dock pilings that people can walk out to at low tide. While many osprey …
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Bald eagles wait years for their telltale white feathers

on June 25, 2014, at 3:48 p.m.
I was perusing through a local antique shop lately when I came across a pile of Field & Stream magazines from the 50s, 60s and 70s. So I sat on the carpet, surrounded by china sets and dusty books, and leafed through a few of the outdoorsy publications. In one of the …
Cory Gardner, a research technician working for UMaine’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation Biology and USGS Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, holds a radio receiver above the surface of the water, listening for tagged salmon and shad, on Friday, while floating from Old Town to Brewer on the Penobscot River.

UMaine researchers raft down Penobscot River to map changes

By Aislinn Sarnacki on June 25, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
As a group of researchers floated down the Penobscot River, they took note of the evident changes in one of Maine’s most cherished and historied waterways. Above the old Veazie Dam site, the end of a boat ramp hung several feet above the river’s surface. Boom islands, built of cobble …

UMaine researchers raft down the Penobscot to map changes

By Aislinn Sarnacki on June 25, 2014, at 1:47 p.m.
Faculty and students from the University of Maine School of Earth and Climate Sciences and School of Marine Science band together to raft down the lower Penobscot River to map the substrates on the riverbed and search for a variety of sea-run fish in to research and record changes in the river.
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Ted Nugent auctioning guitar to support Maine hunting heritage

on June 24, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
Rock star Ted Nugent is auctioning an autographed guitar on eBay in support of Maine’s hunting heritage and traditions. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Sportman’s Alliance of Maine “to help support its never-ending battle to preserve the long standing heritage and tradition of firearms ownership and …
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1-minute hike: Thomaston Town Forest Trail

on June 24, 2014, at 11:08 a.m.
Difficulty: Easy-moderate. The 3.5-mile trail travels over fairly even terrain, but it includes several bog bridges, some soggy and overgrown sections and quite a few turns as it travels along portions of old woods roads. Be sure to follow the blue blazes marking the trail. How to get there: To …

1-minute hike: Thomaston Town Forest Trail

By Aislinn Sarnacki on June 24, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki hikes the 3.5-mile Thomaston Town Forest Trial in Thomaston, Maine, on June 16, 2014.
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Orono bog boardwalk opening pushed back to July

on June 23, 2014, at 3:54 p.m.
Renovations to the Orono Bog Boardwalk are taking longer than originally planned. While the improved boardwalk was at first scheduled to open on June 15, the volunteer work crews are now aiming for a July 20 opening. “It’s just taking longer than we anticipated,” said Jim Bird, director of the …

Orono bog boardwalk opening pushed back to July

By Aislinn Sarnacki on June 23, 2014, at 3:54 p.m.
Renovations of the Orono Bog Boardwalk are taking longer than originally planned. While the improved boardwalk was at first scheduled to open on June 15, the volunteer work crews are now aiming for a July 20 opening. “It’s just taking longer than we anticipated,” said Jim Bird, director of the …
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My dog has overcome his fear of water, but what is he doing?

on June 23, 2014, at 10:54 a.m.
I’ve been laughing about this behavior for quite some time, so I think it’s about time I share it with you … My dog Oreo, who is just shy of 2 years old, used to be deathly afraid of water. When I adopted him last spring, I purchased him a …

Dog overcomes fear of water, develops strange behavior

By Aislinn Sarnacki on June 23, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
Oreo, a pit bull mix from Brewer, used to be afraid of water. Now, he certainly enjoys playing in his kiddie pool. What exactly is he doing?
 
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