Aislinn Sarnacki

Aislinn Sarnacki

Outdoors Reporter

 
The head-of-tide dam in Orland Village has been owned by the town since 2011. Orland residents will decide whether to remove the dam at a town meeting on June 15.

Orland Village Dam removal may be in near future

By Aislinn Sarnacki on May 05, 2016, at 6:20 a.m.
Orland residents will get a chance to decide the fate of the Orland Village Dam at an upcoming town meeting.
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1-minute hike: Range Pond State Park in Poland

on May 03, 2016, at 12:48 p.m.
Difficulty: Easy. Much of the park is wheelchair accessible, and the park’s 1-mile nature trail is easy enough for young children. How to get there: The park is located off Empire Road in Poland. From Interstate 95, take Exit 75 and drive south on Route 202 for 1 mile, passing …

1-minute hike: Range Pond State Park in Poland

By Aislinn Sarnacki on May 03, 2016, at 11:33 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki explores the sandy beaches and easy nature trails of Range Pond State Park in Poland. Open year-round, the park is a popular place to for the public to enjoy water sports, picnicking, sunbathing and fishing. It also features a 1-mile loop trail that includes numbered interpretive …
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Where in the woods am I? Range Pond State Park

on May 02, 2016, at 9:14 a.m.
And the answer is… Range Pond State Park in Poland! The winner, drawn randomly from all who guessed the location correctly, is Jill Piker! Enjoy the $50 L.L.Bean gift card, Jill. And thanks to everyone for playing. Stay tuned for next Monday’s “Where in the Woods” contest! The original contest post: The …
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Note to prospective owners: a free pet is never really free

on April 29, 2016, at 2:19 p.m.
I really hope that no one who adopted a dog or cat that day did so because it was a “free pet.” There’s no such thing.
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They’ve hatched! A good look at a Maine bald eagle nest

on April 28, 2016, at 5:07 p.m.
It’s that time of year — the time when bald eagle eggs are hatching throughout the state of Maine.
Tamra Wight, author of an eco-mystery book series for ages 8-12, observes bald eagles feeding their young on Monday at Poland Spring Campground, which she and her husband own and manage together, with the help of their two children. Aspects of her family's life on the campground are reflected in her books.

Is this Maine woods mystery something a child could solve?

By Aislinn Sarnacki on April 28, 2016, at 2:29 p.m.
“Everybody said, ‘Write what you know,’ and this is what I know,” Wight said. “With the campground, you have a changing cast of characters. You’ve got the family, but you know people come and go, interesting people.”
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Maine Woods Forever honors young conservationists with ‘Teddy Roosevelt’ award

on April 27, 2016, at 10:32 a.m.
The award recognizes young people and youth groups acting to conserve the Maine wilderness and outdoor heritage.
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1-minute hike: Roque Bluffs State Park

on April 26, 2016, at 12:16 p.m.
Difficulty: Easy-moderate. The trails travel over forest floor, mowed grass and narrow bog bridges. The forest floor is muddy in some places and very uneven due to a lot of exposed tree roots. The most difficult part of the trail network is where Mihill Trail travels up the steep western …

1-minute hike: Roque Bluffs State Park

By Aislinn Sarnacki on April 26, 2016, at 11 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki explores the 6-mile trail system at Roque Bluffs State Park in eastern Maine, just south of Machias. Roque Bluffs State Park also features a sand and pebble beach is about half a mile long, a picnic area and a pond that is great for wildlife watching.
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Where in the woods am I? Roque Bluffs State Park

on April 25, 2016, at 8:37 a.m.
And the answer is… Roque Bluffs State Park in eastern Maine! The winner, drawn randomly from all who guessed the location correctly, is John Carey of Bangor! Enjoy the $50 L.L.Bean gift card, John. And thanks to everyone for playing. The following is the original trail ID contest post: The prize …
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9 oceanside trails to try in Maine this spring

on April 22, 2016, at 1:12 p.m.
The trees are budding and birds are returning from their sojourn in the south. In Maine, it’s a great time to get outside and enjoy nature as it springs to life once again. Spring hiking can be tricky, with the mud and blackflies, which inevitably make their appearance around Memorial Day. …
Ryan Rhodes uses a tool to gently move feathers on a bird in place at his taxidermist shop in Stockton Springs Tuesday. Rhodes has won awards for his work on birds and a wide variety of animals, including exotic animals. He also works with a wide range of materials to create bases or displays of the animals' natural habitats.

A passion for birds: Award-winning taxidermist finds niche in Maine

By Aislinn Sarnacki on April 21, 2016, at 11:13 a.m.
While Ryan Rhodes mounts a long list of fish, reptiles and mammals, about 70 percent of his business is birds. In fact, he’s become so well known for his bird mounts that taxidermists throughout the country hire him to complete bird mounts for their customers.
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Osprey pair puts on a show in Stockton Springs

on April 20, 2016, at 11:49 a.m.
Disclaimer: May not be suitable for all audiences. I certainly didn’t expect to witness what I did when I visited Sandy Point Beach Park in Stockton Springs yesterday. I was in town to interview someone for an upcoming BDN Outdoors story, and after the interview, I decided to visit the …
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1-minute hike: Unity College Forest

on April 19, 2016, at 11:01 a.m.
Difficulty: Easy. The trails are wide and travel over a fairly even forest floor, which includes some exposed tree roots and rocks. Hills in the forest are gentle. During springtime, expect an abundance of water and mud on the trails. Wear tall, waterproof boots to prevent your feet from getting …

1-minute hike: Unity College Forest

By Aislinn Sarnacki on April 19, 2016, at 10:58 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki explores about 3 miles of trails on April 15, 2016, in the Unity College Forest in Unity. Located on the college campus, the trails are easy and lead to a variety of different trees, an outdoor classroom, a ropes course and a stand of sugar maple …
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Where in the Woods am I? Unity College Forest

on April 18, 2016, at 10:11 a.m.
The answer is… Unity College Forest in Unity! And the winner of this “Where in the Woods” trail ID contest is Brian Fisher of Unity. After looking at the photo gallery, Brian guessed the location correctly and will receive a $50 gift card to L.L.Bean in the mail for his efforts. …
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What I learned from “In the Maine Woods” 1937 magazine

on April 14, 2016, at 12:33 p.m.
I’m what many Mainers might call a “whippersnapper”. Born in 1988, I’m now edging up to my 28th birthday. I’m a full grown woman, but in Maine — which in 2014, had a population with the median age of 44, the oldest in the country —  I’m still considered to …
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A scarab beetle, enhanced with mechanical oddments, is displayed under glass at Portland artist Mike Libby's studio on Congress Street. Libby makes his customized specimens under the Insect Lab moniker.

Mad scientist or artist? Portland sculptor crafts intricate robotic bugs

By Aislinn Sarnacki on April 13, 2016, at 2:42 p.m.
“People see the possibility in them,” Mike Libby, the robo-beetle’s 39-year-old creator, said. “Where do they come from, and what are they used for?”
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Acadia National Park begins opening facilities for its centennial summer

on April 12, 2016, at 2:27 p.m.
The scenic Park Loop Road of Acadia National Park will open to vehicles April 15, kicking off the summer season of the park’s centennial year.