John Holyoke

Outdoors Editor

A white-tailed deer takes a look out over Route 9 in Maine in this April 2015 file photo.

Mild winter in Maine good for deer, deer hunters

By John Holyoke on Aug. 04, 2016, at 2:47 p.m.
A proposal to increase any-deer permits by 59 percent over the 2015 total, to 45,775, has caught the attention of more than a few hunters.

‘Bats in belfry’ column sparks emotional response

on Aug. 04, 2016, at 10:03 a.m.
A week ago, I wrote a column about my mom’s bat problem. In that piece, I explained that my mom wasn’t excited about sharing space with a bat, and since the bat was in her actual living space, following guidance from several sources at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries …
"It's All Fun and Games," by Dave Barrett

Maine writer’s first novel debuts at San Diego Comic-Con

By John Holyoke on Aug. 02, 2016, at 6:50 a.m.
It’s the first novel Dave Barrett tried to get published, and it’s already creating buzz.

These two motel owners came for a visit to Acadia and never left

on Aug. 01, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
“[Acadia means] peace, comfort,” Dave Lloyd said. “We fell out of high-pressure work and ended up here.”

These two motel owners came for a visit to Acadia and never left

on Aug. 01, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
STORIES OF ACADIA: A couple in paradise Dave and Vickie Lloyd Favorite spot: Stargazing on deck of their home in Southwest Harbor, with the ocean to their left and the stars reflecting on a pond right in front. “Standing here is like being on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise,” Dave …

Picture from the Past: Mackerel fishing in Searsport, 2007

on Aug. 01, 2016, at 10:38 a.m.
Although this photo doesn’t qualify as a golden oldie — it’s not the classic black-and-white version we often share, after all — it seemed appropriate to share it today for one reason. This photo was taken on Aug. 1, 2007, nine years ago today, and shows a scene that I’d …
University of Maine graduate assistant Phillip Dionne holds a shortnose sturgeon after catching it in the Penobscot River near Bangor, Oct. 13, 2008.

Why researchers are excited about spotting a pair of sturgeon in Milford

By John Holyoke on July 28, 2016, at 12:07 p.m.
It marked the first time since those dams were removed that sturgeon have accessed the entire range of their original native habitat.

My mom has bats in her belfry. What next?

on July 28, 2016, at 10:16 a.m.
The call came at an inopportune time, just as I’d put about four pounds of chicken on the grill, and donned my imaginary outdoor chef hat. It was my mom. And while she wasn’t frothing at the mouth (a bit of foreshadowing), she was rather worked up. She’d found a …
Pokemon Go players flock to the Bangor Waterfront recently to take advantage of lures placed simultaneously on three Pokestops in the area.

Hate if you must, but here’s why I love the Pokemon Go craze

By John Holyoke on July 27, 2016, at 12:38 p.m.
If Pokemon Go can teach an old dog like me some new tricks, while also coercing the family into getting some exercise and spending time together — it’s OK in my book.

How this MDI resident helps preserve Acadia

on July 25, 2016, at 11:09 a.m.
STORIES OF ACADIA: The friend David McDonald Favorite spot: Eagle Lake. “It’s terrific in all seasons.” He drives by the lake on his daily commute and often stops for a quick walk. “The weight of the day…just evaporates.” David MacDonald’s family moved to Mount Desert Island when he was about 10 …
"Babes in the Woods and Waters" by Roger L. Stevens Jr. of Lincoln

Maine photographer publishes collection of baby animals

By John Holyoke on July 21, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
In “Babes in the Woods and Waters,” Roger Stevens Jr. includes more than 50 painfully cute photos of baby animals, including moose, raccoons, skunks, bears and others.

Readers report: Dogs eat the darndest things

on July 21, 2016, at 11:10 a.m.
Last week, after discovering a half-eaten $10 bill, I put pen to paper (who am I kidding … it’s always fingers to keyboard nowadays) and told the tale of Teddy the Ten-Spot Eating Dog. I suspected that others might have their own stories to share, and opened the floor to …
Maine is taking part in a loon translocation project being conducted by the Biodiversity Research Institute with cooperation from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Maine donating up to 10 baby loons to Massachusetts

By John Holyoke on July 21, 2016, at 6:09 a.m.
The wildlife department has joined forces with Biodiversity Research Institute in that organization’s “Restore the Call” program.

Picture from the Past: A see-in-the-dark shotgun

on July 18, 2016, at 1:03 p.m.
Perhaps I should have labeled this photo “Poacher from the Past,” although the person holding this gun it is clearly a game warden, not the poacher the firearm was taken from. If you’ve spent any time hunting, it’s pretty clear that the shotgun pictured in this BDN file photo from …

Acadia has ‘pieces of childhood’ for this lobster pound owner

on July 18, 2016, at 10:09 a.m.
STORIES OF ACADIA: The entrepreneur Charlotte Gill Favorite spot: “I can’t think of a favorite. That would be like trying to choose the one food you’re going to eat for the rest of your life. They’re all good and unique experiences. I think I’m a little bit partial to Seawall because …

Bird dog in training has an appetite for money

on July 14, 2016, at 10:52 a.m.
Back in October, when we welcomed a baby bird dog into our lives, my wife and I loaded up the kids and drove to Grand Lake Stream, where we met our little bundle of joy for the first time. Teddy the Wonder Dog didn’t disappoint: He was wide-eyed and snuggle-able, …
A male yearling moose walks along the shore of a pond in the Moosehead Lake Region.

What is a ‘winter tick’? And why does it matter to moose?

By John Holyoke on July 14, 2016, at 7:11 a.m.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, along with partners at the University of New Hampshire, have been working on a long-term research project over the last three years that biologists say will help them understand the answers to some key questions.

What Acadia means to the Rockefeller family

on July 11, 2016, at 3:52 p.m.
STORIES OF ACADIA: The heir to the rusticator legacy David Rockefeller Jr. Favorite spot: The Jordan Pond House lawn, though “I don’t necessarily love it when there are 1,000 people,” and the top of Pemetic Mountain. David Rockefeller Jr.’s grandfather helped to establish Acadia National Park 100 years ago. The …

Picture from the Past: Flag-raising on Katahdin

on July 11, 2016, at 11:30 a.m.
Some 57 years ago, Americans were celebrating the nation’s birthday — and the recent addition of the 49th state, Alaska. Here in Maine, a group from Millinocket marked Alaska’s statehood in style, climbing to the top of Mount Katahdin and displaying the new 49-star flag at sunrise on July 4, …

Why Acadia National Park enchants visitors year after year

on July 08, 2016, at 11:15 a.m.
Hear Acadia National Park. The waves crash against the cliffs, birds twitter, brooks babble as they make their inexorable tumble over pink slabs of granite on their way to the sea. See it. The morning turns orange as the sun rises above the Atlantic; snow-white ocean spray reaches for the …