Aislinn Sarnacki

Aislinn Sarnacki

Outdoors Reporter

 
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Atlantic salmon swim in a holding tank Tuesday at the Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery. Salmon tend to vary in hue and the abundance and shape of spots on their bodies. Some salmon are dark, others pale. Some are covered in many spots. Others are spotless.

Salmon in the spotlight: NOAA devoting resources to Maine fish

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Feb. 19, 2016, at 6:23 a.m.
“We’re going to do everything possible to turn things around for the Atlantic salmon,” Dan Kircheis said.
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Purchase your Acadia National Park pass online for the first time

on Feb. 16, 2016, at 4:17 p.m.
Purchasing an entrance pass to Acadia National Park has just been made a whole lot easier. The National Park Service has launched a pilot program to sell entrance passes to parks online, starting with Maine’s beloved Acadia, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Acadia visitors can now visit www.yourpassnow.com and purchase annual …
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1-minute hike: Young Tunk Mountain in Cherryfield

on Feb. 16, 2016, at 3:41 p.m.
Difficulty: Moderate. The trail is 0.67 mile long, from the trailhead to the top of the mountain, making for an out-and-back hike of about 1.4 miles. The first part of the trail is a bit rocky, especially where it follows a small brook; and there are a series of narrow …

1-minute hike: Young Tunk Mountain in Cherryfield

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Feb. 16, 2016, at 1:59 p.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki snowshoes up a recently improved trail leading up a sizable hill in Cherryfield that locals Young Tunk Mountain on Feb. 14, 2016, with her husband, Derek Runnells. The trail is about 0.7-mile long and leads to the hills open summit, which provides great views of the …
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Where in the Maine woods am I? Young Tunk Mountain

on Feb. 15, 2016, at 10:37 a.m.
No one won the “Where in the Maine woods am I?” game for Young Tunk Mountain in February 2016 given the following clues and photo gallery (which doesn’t really surprise me, as the trail is new… in a way.): What do you do on Valentine’s Day in Maine when it’s 6 …
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February is packed with Maine outdoor events, wildlife talks

on Feb. 12, 2016, at 3:34 p.m.
First of all, don’t forget that this weekend, Feb. 12-14, is the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, with a variety of outdoor events being hosted throughout Maine. If you dare to brave the snow and cold predicted for this weekend, consider attending one of these fun gatherings, which are listed on greatmaineoutdoorweekend.org. …
"Desperate Steps: Life, Death, and Choices Made in the Mountains of the Northeast," by Maine author Peter Kick was published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books in December 2015 and rehashes 20 true stories of accidents that have occurred in the mountains of the Northeast.

‘Desperate Steps’: Maine writer delves into recent tragedies in the Northeast mountains

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Feb. 11, 2016, at 1:30 p.m.
“We don’t know when or how this sort of thing will occur or to whom. None of us are immune,” writer Peter Kick said. “Imagine what could happen and plan for that.”
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1-minute hike: Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park in Brooksville

on Feb. 09, 2016, at 3:43 p.m.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate, depending on the trails you choose to hike within the park. There are about 7.5 miles of trails to walk, and many of them are shorter than 1 mile and travel over fairly even terrain. How to get there: From the roundabout by Tradewinds Marketplace in …

1-minute hike: Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Feb. 09, 2016, at 2:55 p.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and her dog explore the trails of Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park on Feb. 4, 2016, in Brooksville. On the Summit Trail, they hike Bakeman Mountain; and on the Back Cove Trail, they walk through the fields of an old estate on their way to the …
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Where in the Maine woods am I? Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park

on Feb. 08, 2016, at 11:45 a.m.
Scott Bennett and Leslie Gordon Curtis won the “Where in the Woods am I?” game for Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park in Brooksville in February 2016, given the following clues and photo gallery: I have mixed feelings about the recent weather. On one hand, I’m saving a lot of money …
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To support Maine wildlife, check the ‘Chickadee’ on your tax form

on Feb. 05, 2016, at 1:08 p.m.
Government funding, in my opinion, can be confusing. So here’s a rundown of just how non-game species research is funded in Maine.
Patches of snow and ice melt on the rocky shore of Mount Desert Island beside the Ocean Path of Acadia National Park. Although many of Acadia's roads close to vehicle traffic for the winter, the park's vast network of trails and roads are open for public recreation.

How to enjoy snowy trails, frozen lakes in Acadia National Park

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Feb. 05, 2016, at 6:14 a.m.
“A lot of people think the park is closed, but it’s not.”
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Mom completes ‘Pet Sitter Survey’ after 11-day stint with my pets

on Feb. 03, 2016, at 10:51 a.m.
For me, the hardest thing about going on a trip, even if it’s just for a weekend, is leaving my pets behind. It makes me feel sick. And it’s not because I’ll miss them — though I will — it’s because there’s no way for me to explain to them that I’ll return. …
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1-minute hike: Kebo Mountain in Acadia National Park

on Feb. 02, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
The small mountain is easy to find and offers a relatively quiet hike compared to other, more popular mountains in the park.

1-minute hike: Kebo Mountain in Acadia National Park

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Feb. 02, 2016, at 11:54 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and her dog, Oreo, hike up Kebo Mountain, one of the smallest mountains in Acadia National Park, on Jan. 28, 2016, during a 3-mile loop hike in the park. Kebo Mountain rises 407 feet above sea level and offers partial views of the ocean and nearby …
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Where in the Maine woods am I? Kebo Mountain

on Feb. 01, 2016, at 10:01 a.m.
From just looking at the photo gallery below, Roslyn Reid, Carolyn Newbert, Joe Stupak, Jody Walker, Alison Murdoch, Nancy Graves McKay, Boomer, Maureen Fournier, Geneva Chase Langley and Earl Brechlin could tell that I hiked Kebo Mountain in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. I’ve got to say, those …
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BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki sits in a toboggan on Friday at the top of the Jack Williams Toboggan Chute at the Camden Snow Bowl. The toboggan chute will be the location of the 26th U.S. National Toboggan Championships Feb. 5-7.

Camden preps for upcoming Winterfest, toboggan races

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Jan. 29, 2016, at 6:07 p.m.
“It helps the Snow Bowl and, economically, it’s good for the town. It brings people into town to eat at restaurants and stay,” said Stewart Young.

Take a trip down the Camden toboggan chute

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Jan. 29, 2016, at 6:04 p.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki rides down the Jack Williams Toboggan Chute on Jan. 29, 2016, at the Camden Snow Bowl in Camden, a week before the 26th U.S. National Toboggan Championships. The Toboggan Nationals takes place at the Camden Snow Bowl each year, drawing thousands of competitors and spectators.
 Just over 30 women met at Pineland Farms on Saturday for a group snowshoe planned through Meetup.com. The online group, "Maine Beginner Hiking/Snowshoeing Meetup for Women," was created by Kendra Wheeler of Greene in October. So far, more than 240 people have joined the group.

Maine women flock to new beginner snowshoeing group

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Jan. 28, 2016, at 10:44 a.m.
“Many women in this group just want a reason to get out of the house,” Kendra Wheeler said. “They want to be social and get outside.”
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Group of bald eagles awes Maine photographer

on Jan. 28, 2016, at 8:26 a.m.
While out running errands on a sunny day in early January, Laurie Meagher Bird, 50, of Plymouth came across a sight that blew her away. In a clump of trees set far back from the road, at least a dozen bald eagles perched on bare limbs, some sitting just feet …