Explore Local Environments Series, Part IV – “Blackman Stream to Chemo Pond”

By Gudrun Keszoecze on July 02, 2015, at 6:39 p.m.
Saturday, July 11, 2015 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Maine Forest & Logging Museum at Leonard’s Mills, Government Road, Bradley, Maine For more information: 2073942171; hirundomaine.org Bradley – Starting at the batteau launch at Leonard’s Mills we travel on Blackman Stream toward Chemo Pond. Along the way, we look …

Birding & Breakfast, July 16 @ 6:30 am – 10:00 am $20

By pmsercinst on July 02, 2015, at 5:26 p.m.
Thursday, July 16, 2015 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Location: Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle, Winter Harbor, Maine For more information: 207-288-1310; schoodicinstitute.org At Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor – Back by popular demand, a Birding & Breakfast event with Bird Ecology Program Director, Seth Benz. Begin at Schooner Commons …

Eagle flies in Orrington after rehabilitation

By Ashley Conti on July 02, 2015, at 5:16 p.m.
Mary Bird, transport volunteer with Avian Haven, and Maine Game Warden Dave Georgia Jr. released a mature bald eagle Thursday at the Orrington Picnic Park in Orrington. The eagle was discovered a few weeks ago by Georgia and was rehabilitated back to health by Avian Haven in Freedom.
The Red, White, Blue Finale at Phantom Fireworks in Holden.

The complete guide to where and when you can shoot fireworks in Maine

By Pattie Reaves on July 02, 2015, at 5:15 p.m.
We’ve got answers to your questions about who, where and when you can set off fireworks in maine.
Emily Neil of Westborough, Massachusetts, used her ears more than her eyes to identify and locate grassland birds in northern Maine last month, serving as a field technician for a survey to assess the need for conservation of declining species.

A rare birder indeed

By Kathryn Olmstead on July 02, 2015, at 4:36 p.m.
The email was titled “rare birder.” It described a woman sent to Aroostook County by Massachusetts Audubon and other organizations to survey grassland bird species. “Look for the mud-splashed SUV with MA plates,” Alice Sheppard wrote after she befriended the birder when they met by chance in Presque Isle and …
Connor Mill Trail in Unity

Learn wild edibles on land trust walk

By jirving on July 02, 2015, at 3:27 p.m.
Saturday, July 18, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: Sebasticook Regional Land Trust’s Connor Mill Trail, Intersection Route 9 and Quaker Hill Road, Unity, ME For more information: 207-948-3766; SebasticookRLT.org UNITY – Fiddleheads are a Central Maine fixture, but there are so many other wild edibles to be found …

East Millinocket Summerfest

By Mark Scally on July 02, 2015, at 2:22 p.m.
Thursday, July 9, 2015 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.Friday, July 10, 2015 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.Saturday, July 11, 2015 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.Sunday, July 12, 2015 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: East Millinocket Summerfest, 53 Main St., East Millinocket, ME For more information: 207-746-7109 The town of …

Baby osprey and cormorants, highlights of outing in Stockton Springs

on July 02, 2015, at 11:11 a.m.
I brought my dog, Oreo, to Sandy Point Beach Park in Stockton Springs last weekend to go for a swim in the Penobscot River and walk the easy woodland trails of the park. We arrived around 10 a.m. and staked out a spot on the beach, where I laid a …

Books ‘n’ Blooms Garden Tour

By Skiles Howard on July 02, 2015, at 9:46 a.m.
Saturday, July 11, 2015 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Winter Harbor Public Library, Chapel Lane, Winter Harbor, Maine 04693 For more information: 207-963-7556; www winterharbor.lib.me.us WINTER HARBOR, Maine — Books ‘n’ Blooms Garden Tour will be held 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 11, to visit five lovely gardens on …
annual mid-summer picnic

Puppetry and a Picnic to Celebrate the Sheepscot Watershed

By swlamaine on July 02, 2015, at 9:06 a.m.
Thursday, July 16, 2015 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Belfast City Park Shelter, City Park Road, Belfast, Maine For more information: 207-589-3230; swlamaine.org The Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance (SWLA) celebrates the Maine outdoors with its annual Midsummer Celebration on Thursday, July 16 in Belfast. The picnic is free to …

A memorable stay and fishing adventure in the Forks

on July 02, 2015, at 7 a.m.
A few weeks ago Linda and I enjoyed a great visit to Northern Outdoors in the Forks. Our morning of fishing with Mike Pilsbury of Kennebec River Angler was particularly memorable. Northern Outdoors is not a typical sporting camp, but it has expanded on the opportunities once offered by sporting …
Don Flannery

Maine forest products group asks potato board to oppose national park

By Shannon Kornachuk, Presque Isle Star-Herald on July 01, 2015, at 4:20 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | A spokesman for the Maine Forest Products Council met with the Maine Potato Board last week to seek its support in opposing the proposed establishment of a national park near Baxter State Park. Patrick Strauch, speaking for the council that represents businesses from loggers to paper …

“Pushaw to Penobscot – A Paddle through Time” – Canoe Trip with cultural and ecological focus

By Gudrun Keszoecze on July 01, 2015, at 4:09 p.m.
Saturday, July 18, 2015 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, 1107 West Old Town Road (Gate 1, Route 43), Old Town, Maine For more information: 2073942171; hirundomaine.org Join Bucky Owen and John Bear Mitchell on July 18 (rain date July 19), to form a flotilla of six …
An Atlantic salmon makes its way to a holding tank at the Milford Dam fishway on June 24 at Brookfield Energy in Milford.

Word from the Woods: Salmon, peak-bagging and plovers

By John Holyoke on July 01, 2015, at 3:28 p.m.
It’s been a pretty busy week here at BDN Outdoors, and we’ve got a lot of stories to share. Over the course of a week, we’ve written about Atlantic salmon, which are benefiting from a new fish lift at the Milford Dam, piping plovers, those delightful (and scarce) shorebirds, striped …

Butterfly Release

By Moriah Boutin on July 01, 2015, at 3:25 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice’s Hospice House , 236 Stetson Road, Auburn, Maine For more information: 207-795-9537; ahchbutterfly.org The Butterfly Release Celebration is a unique opportunity to remember and honor loved ones by dedicating a butterfly. The 2015 Celebration will …

Hike a new land trust property

By gpmct7190 on July 01, 2015, at 3:04 p.m.
Sunday, July 12, 2015 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Location: Kimball Property, Upper Long Pond Road, Bucksport, Maine For more information: 207 469-6929; greatpondtrust.org Join Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust on Sunday, July 12 at 9 am for a hike to their newest conserved property on Upper Long Pond Road. …

Blue moon expected in July

By clair wood on July 01, 2015, at 2:42 p.m.
How far into the universe have astronomers been able to see? The distance record holder is a galaxy named EGS-zs8-1 that is 13.1 billion light years from Earth. Since the universe is thought to be 13.8 billion years old, this means the galaxy was formed shortly after the Big Bang …
A piping plover chick pauses while darting through the grass on Popham Beach on June 26, 2015, in Phippsburg.

Endangered piping plovers return to Maine in full force

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 01, 2015, at 2:19 p.m.
A piping plover sprinted out of the grass and froze, its spindly orange legs spread in a challenging stance. The bold behavior was in stark contrast to the appearance of the intrinsically cute bird, with its rounded beak and teacup-sized body. It stared at the wildlife biologist, then lifted its …

Endangered piping plovers return to Maine in higher numbers

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 01, 2015, at 2:01 p.m.
Piping plovers, a shorebird on the endangered species list in Maine, are nesting and raising their young on Maine beaches from Ogunquit to Georgetown. The Maine Audubon has counted at least 60 pairs — a 20 percent increase from last year and twice as many as in 2010.
College of the Atlantic President Darron Collins stands atop Acadia Mountain at 8:20 a.m. on June 25 on Mount Desert Island. The mountain's summit was the 10th peak he visited that day while hiking to 40 peaks on the island. He completed the long hike to encourage COA alumni to donate to the college's annual fund.

COA president hikes 40 MDI peaks in 27 hours

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 01, 2015, at 1:07 p.m.
Last week, Darron Collins, president of the College of the Atlantic, hiked to 40 peaks of Mount Desert Island in just over a day. His goal: to encourage COA alumni to donate to the college’s annual fund. And more specifically, that they contribute to the point that alumni donations consist …
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