Ryan Parker (left) explains to Brewer High School senior Josh Lugdon the proper way to to graft apple trees at the Parker Family Farm in Newport on Thursday. Lugdon was one of thirty students who came to visit as part of their environmental issues class to see a small farm that uses sustainable agricultural methods.

Brewer high school students learn alternative to mass-produced food

By Nell Gluckman on April 18, 2014, at 8:04 a.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — In an environmental issues class at Brewer High School, students have been studying the make-up and origin of some of their favorite foods. “We’ve talked about the ingredients in food, the chemicals you can find and what they’re doing to our bodies,” Mackenzie McCurdy, 18, said of …
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Spring Marine Mammal Stranding Response Workshop

By CollegeoftheAtlantic on April 17, 2014, at 4:20 p.m.
Saturday, May 3, 2014 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: College of the Atlantic, McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine For more information: 207-288-5644; news.coa.edu/2014/04/17/spring-marine-mammal-stranding-response-workshop/ Allied Whale’s workshop will train volunteers in stranding response for seals and whales BAR HARBOR, ME – Allied Whale, College of the …
The speed limit sign along Riverside Avenue in Fort Fairfield lies on its side as curious motorists drive the street on Thursday looking at giant ice floes that have been cleared from the road after they overflowed the banks of the Aroostook River.

Parts of Dexter evacuated, flood warnings remain up in northern Maine

By Julia Bayly on April 17, 2014, at 10:58 a.m.
DEXTER, Maine — People are being evacuated from homes and buildings in parts of Dexter Thursday after the east branch of the Sebasticook River spilled over its banks, according to the Maine Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service in Caribou. A flood warning has been issued in the …
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Migrations and nesting behaviors of Maine’s Spring Birds

By Marianne Pinkham on April 17, 2014, at 10:13 a.m.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Ctr, 521 Main St, Damariscotta, ME For more information: 207.563.1363 The air is filling with birdsong once again! Come learn what you are hearing, and hopefully seeing too. Kit Pfeiffer, Maine Master Naturalist volunteer, will talk …
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Living Ecology Earth Day Celebration

By Deborah Dunkle on April 17, 2014, at 9:45 a.m.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Living Ecology Earth Day Celebration, 21 Holyoke St, Brewer, Maine The Temple of the Feminine Divine presents a Living Ecology Earth Day Celebration. This is going to be an educational and revealing look at what Climate change really is and …
A hydrogen nozzle is plugged into a Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle during the Toyota Advanced Technologies media briefing in Tokyo in this October 10, 2013 file photo. Toyota Motor Corp will in 2015 launch a hydrogen-powered car in the United States, Japan and Europe.

Toyota will launch hydrogen-powered car in 2015

By Norihiko Shirouzu, Paul Lienert and Yoko Kubota, Reuters on April 17, 2014, at 8:07 a.m.
TOYOTA CITY, Japan/IRVINE, Calif. — In 1997, Toyota caught its competitors by surprise with the revolutionary Prius, the first commercially successful gasoline-electric hybrid car. Now, the Japanese firm is trying to do the same with a technology that seems straight out of science fiction. Toyota Motor Corp will next year …
Labels point out products verified to not contain genetically modified organisms (GMO) at the Central Co-op in Seattle, Washington October 29, 2013.

Vermont Senate passes GMO food-labeling law

By Carey Gillam and Lisa Baertlein, Reuters on April 17, 2014, at 5:34 a.m.
The Vermont Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would make it the first state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, …
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Caldbeck Gallery opening, A Year in the Georges River Watershed

By Georges River Land Trust on April 16, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.
On Friday May 2, 2014, join Georges River Land Trust and K2 Family Foundation at the Caldbeck Gallery for an opening reception of A Year in the Georges River Watershed from 5:00-8:00 PM, artwork created by the Land Trust’s 2013 Artists in Residence Michael Sacca and Elizabeth Billings. Elizabeth and …
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A spring peeper.

Spring Amphibian Exploration, Montville.

By swlamaine on April 16, 2014, at 10:17 a.m.
Friday, April 25, 2014 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance, 44 Main St., Liberty, ME For more information: 2075893230; swlamaine.org Join local amphibian expert Larkspur Morton for a family-friendly springtime exploration of a protected wetland and vernal pool and their amphibian residents. Bring a good flashlight/headlamp …
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Storm Drain Stenciling in Bath- April 27

By Becky Kolak on April 15, 2014, at 6:40 p.m.
Sunday, April 27, 2014 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Bath City Hall, 55 Front Street, Bath, Maine For more information: 207-442-8400; kennebecestuary.org/ ‘Keep it Clean, Drains to River’ Messages for a cleaner City of Bath and Kennebec River BATH- The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) invites the public to …
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7 Lifehacks to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

By JT Ripton on April 15, 2014, at 4:02 p.m.
If your carbon footprint is bigger than the tracks a Sasquatch leaves behind, then it’s probably time to take some eco-friendly measures in your daily life. Going green doesn’t mean you have to go crazy with your environmental endeavors, but it does mean you’ll have to make some minor day-to-day …
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2014 Annual PICA Plant Sale

By Ellen Gray on April 15, 2014, at 3:33 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.Wednesday, April 30, 2014 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.Thursday, May 1, 2014 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.Friday, May 2, 2014 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Location: …
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FrogWatch USA Monitor Training at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge

By Hirundo on April 15, 2014, at 11:02 a.m.
Saturday, April 26, 2014 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Gate 1 Hudson Road (Rt.43), Old Town, Maine For more information: 2079449249; hirundomaine.org Do you like frogs? Want to Take Care of them and Help them? Hirundo Wildlife Refuge is looking for volunteers to form the Lower …
Ice jams in the St. John River near Allagash.

State remains under flood watch, ice jam reported in St. John River

By Julia Bayly on April 15, 2014, at 10:10 a.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — While some roads already were shut down in Aroostook County on Tuesday afternoon due to rising water levels, a flood watch remained in effect throughout Maine into late Wednesday. Rain and runoff from melting snow caused increased stream flows in smaller rivers and streams across the …
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Sunkhaze Meadows presents Foolhens and Timberdoodles: 2 Interesting  Forest Birds of Maine

Foolhens and Timberdoodles: A Pair of Interesting Forest Birds

By Karen Robertson on April 15, 2014, at 7:52 a.m.
Saturday, April 19, 2014 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Location: Sunkhaze Cafe at the Daybreak Bakery, 241 Main Street, Old Town, Maine For more information: (207) 594-0600; sunkhaze.org The Friends of Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge presents “Foolhens and Timberdoodles: a Pair of Interesting Forest Birds”, a talk by researcher …
State Rep. Lance Harvell, R-Farmington, speaks in the Maine House of Representatives Monday urging his colleagues to override Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill that boosts a solar and heat-pump rebate program by adding a surcharge on all those who purchase electricity in Maine. The House voted 105 -41, in favor of overriding LePage's veto. The state Senate must also vote on the issue.

Maine House overrides LePage veto of solar power rebate bill

By Scott Thistle on April 14, 2014, at 3:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The House of Representatives voted Monday to override a Gov. Paul LePage veto of a bill would fund a solar and heat pump rebate program by adding a 0.011 cents per kilowatt-hour tax on residential and commercial electric bills. The new fee will cost the average homeowner …
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“Black Bear Management” topic of discussion at UMFK

By UMFK News on April 14, 2014, at 11:03 a.m.
The University of Maine at Fort Kent Environmental Studies Speaker Series will host a presentation by Amanda DeMusz on Friday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room. DeMusz will speak on the topic of black bear management in Maine. The presentation is free …
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Unity College to Host Earth Week Activities, April 14-24

By Mark Tardif on April 11, 2014, at 6:59 p.m.
Unity, Maine – The first college in the nation to divest from investments in fossil fuels and adopt sustainability science as a focus for teaching and learning will hold a week of Earth Week events. Known as America’s Environmental College, Unity College will hold Earth Week events at various locations …
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Earth Day Celebration at College of the Atlantic

By CollegeoftheAtlantic on April 11, 2014, at 1:51 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine For more information: Lilyanna Sollberger; news.coa.edu/media-resources/earth-day-press-kit/ A daylong event focused on alternative transportation will take place on Saturday, April 26 BAR HARBOR, ME – College of the Atlantic (COA) will …
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Climbing in Camden

By Merryspring on April 11, 2014, at 12:27 p.m.
Local climbing guide Alan Rees will lead a presentation on climbing in Camden at Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, April 15 at 12:00 noon. The Camden Hills are blessed with a glacial geology that is perfect for rock climbers, and they can often be spotted dotting the cliffs. Rees will …
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