Aislinn Sarnacki

Aislinn Sarnacki

Outdoors Reporter

 

A rundown on bear hunting methods

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 15, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
Maine’s bear hunting season runs for three months — September, October and November — and during that time, hunters harvest bears using four methods. — Baiting: Hunters have a month where they can attract bears to piles of bait (a variety of human food such as old pastries, raw meat, …
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Baxter wildlife makes an appearance during recent camping trip

on Aug. 15, 2014, at 12:20 p.m.
A moose greeted us at the south gate of Baxter State Park on Aug. 8, or just about. He was wading in a boggy area just past the gate, and a few park visitors had gathered to watch as he dipped his head into the water and munched on vegetation. How …

LaGrange guide puts out bear bait for what may be his last season

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 15, 2014, at 12:05 p.m.
Troy White, registered master Maine guide and owner of Mid Maine Outfitters in LaGrange, drops off bear bait at several authorized bait sites throughout the woods near Lincoln on July 29, in preparation of the fall bear hunting season.
Nature lovers walking along the 4,200-foot Orono Bog Boardwalk first pass through a “lagg,” a natural drain channel where cinnamon ferns and skunk cabbages grow alongside the boardwalk.

Bangor paint out and art auction to support Orono boardwalk

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 14, 2014, at 4:48 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Artists will set up their easels at various sites throughout Bangor on Saturday in support of the ongoing restoration of the Orono Bog Boardwalk. Paint Bangor Day, an annual event organized by the Bangor Art Society, is split into two parts. From 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., …
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Mushrooms of Baxter State Park, facts and photos

on Aug. 13, 2014, at 5:10 p.m.
Mushrooms filled the mossy forest of Doubletop Mountain on Aug. 9, 2014, when I hiked the mountain with a group of family and friends. We pointed them out to each other as we hiked along. Red, eggplant purple, yellow with white spots — they came in all colors, textures and colors. …
Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, encourages Portland residents Judy Spross (left) and Nan Solomons to vote "yes" on Question 1 on the Nov. 14 ballot on Aug. 10, 2014. Question 1 is a referendum to ban the use of bait, hounds and traps to hunt black bear in Maine.

Word from the Woods: Humane Society weighs in on bear baiting

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 13, 2014, at 2:02 p.m.
John left me alone again this week! He’s on vacation, probably goofing off at camp as we speak, tampering with wasp nests or falling off his dock — getting into some classic Holyoke conundrums. I’m sure you’ll read all about it next week. Meanwhile, I’ve been scrambling up mountains and …
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Baking in Baxter: How to eat like a camp king

on Aug. 13, 2014, at 1:10 p.m.
You know that phrase “everything but the kitchen sink”? That’s what’s cool about car camping — the type of camping where you can drive right up to the campsite. You don’t have to skimp on packing. Just ask my family. Each year when we camp in Baxter State Park, everyone …
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1-minute hike: Doubletop Mountain in Baxter State Park

on Aug. 12, 2014, at 10:10 a.m.
Difficulty: Strenuous. Expect stream crossings, exposed roots and rocky sections, steep grades and beautiful scenery. Hiking the mountain, depending on the route you take, is between 6.6 miles and 7.6 miles total. How to get there: You can hike Doubletop Mountain from the south or the north. There are three …

1-minute hike: Doubletop Mountain in Baxter State Park

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 12, 2014, at 10:09 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and family and friends hike to the two peaks of Doubletop Mountain in Baxter State Park on Aug. 9, 2014. Rising 3,488 feet above sea level, this mountain lies just northwest of Katahdin.
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Where in the woods am I?

on Aug. 11, 2014, at 9:44 a.m.
My legs are a bit sore today after hiking a fairly tall Maine mountain over the weekend. See if you recognize the mountain by viewing the photo gallery below, then leave your best guesses in the comment section at the bottom of the page. Winner gets a high five and a …
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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 …
 
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