By Dave Small on Sept. 03, 2013, at 9:31 a.m.
By clair wood on Aug. 30, 2013, at 11:38 a.m.
On a clear dark night in Maine with no interference from the moon, the sky appears dotted with millions of stars. One reader was curious: Just how many stars can we see? There is no true answer to this question as each person’s eyes are different even if sky conditions …
By Clair Wood on July 26, 2013, at 6:27 a.m.
Since its launch in 1977, Voyager 1 has traveled 11.5 billion miles from Earth (124 AU), visited all of the outer planets, and sent back reams of data that astronomers are still poring over. Voyager 1 is now approaching the edge of the solar system where it will enter deep …
By Aislinn Sarnacki on March 26, 2013, at 10:39 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki hikes the steep trail to the summit and old fire tower of Number Four Mountain near Kokadjo on March 22, 2013, after failing to find the trail head the following week.
By Bob Duchesne on March 08, 2013, at 11:59 a.m.
One way to deal with the dregs of winter is to plan summer. May I suggest a birding festival? Festivals have much to offer. Each is invariably scheduled for the ideal birding season in its particular locale. Festivals have experts on hand to guide walks and offer programs. Festivals put …
By Bob Duchesne on Jan. 11, 2013, at 4:42 p.m.
This northern lapwing never had a chance. The world of birding has changed. It’s a mobile, high-speed, interconnected planet. Formerly, birding was a solitary pursuit, which appealed to shy, retiring introverts like myself. When a rare bird showed up, the fastest way to hear about it was through gossip. Eventually, …
FEATHERS 'N FINS
By Tom Hennessey on Jan. 04, 2013, at 1:58 p.m.
In being addicted to hunting, fishing, trapping and the outdoors in general, it isn’t surprising that you habitually use the word “old” when referring to the equipment essential to your health and happiness. No matter that the reference may be to things fairly new, and oftentimes to people younger than …
By Dave Small on June 05, 2012, at 10:21 a.m.
Lady’s slippers seemed to carry the theme during the last couple of weeks. I’m always excited to see them. Deb and I hiked Bald Mountain in Camden. It wasn’t long before the slippers started showing up alongside the trail. We even spied a white one. The white Pink Lady’s Slipper is kind of an …
By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Dec. 23, 2011, at 12:45 p.m.
Birders look at December as a child looks at Christmas. There are lots of goodies under the tree, but we don’t know what they are yet. It’s one of the exciting things about birding in Maine. Every winter is different. Some species can be seen readily one year and be …
on Nov. 10, 2011, at 5:32 p.m.
Finding adventures in the Maine wilderness
on Nov. 10, 2011, at 2:24 p.m.
John Holyoke shares stories and observations from Maine's great outdoors
on Oct. 17, 2011, at 10:41 a.m.
Most mornings begin here slowly enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee while listening to John share his plans for the day or perhaps minimal conversation about the latest news headlines. I am NOT a morning person by any stretch of the imagination but will give it my best shot. Often a Brittany dog (or …
By Cassie Elia on Oct. 07, 2011, at 4:44 p.m.
Ask anyone who owns horses and they will tell you that the two biggest worries and expenses involved with keeping them are hay and shavings. Hay is absolutely necessary in winter. Horses live on hay. Grains and feeds are supplementary to long-stem forage. Horse hay must be clean. free of …
By Cassie Elia on June 03, 2011, at 4:11 p.m.
As summer camp season approaches, bringing packs of first-time horseback riders to the farm, I start fielding questions and correcting misconceptions of the students and their families. For anyone with a small child begging, with eyes big as saucers, to be allowed to please, please, please go to horse camp, …
on May 31, 2011, at 11:22 a.m.
Maine Trail Finder is a free online resource for people-powered trails in the state. Search a growing database of four-season trails to find the right trail for your next adventure. Browse interactive trail maps, trail descriptions, pictures, and trip reports.
on May 18, 2011, at 11:09 a.m.
Wildernet started in 1995 as a project within the Aspen.com web site and initially covered the White River National Forest. It has since grown to be the largest database of outdoor recreation information in the world with over 40,000 area and activity descriptions throughout the United States
on May 17, 2011, at 11:16 a.m.
American Hiking Society works with Congress and federal agencies to shape public policy and legislation affecting the hiking experience. Our efforts ensure funding for hiking trails, the preservation of natural areas and the protection of the hiking experience. American Hiking's Hike the Hill: Trails Advocacy Week brings trail leaders to Washington, D.C. each year to advocate for trail funding.
on May 12, 2011, at 2:04 p.m.
Share Cassie's love of horses through her postings.
on May 12, 2011, at 1:52 p.m.
Look here for a comprehensive guide to 33 loop bicycle tours in Maine by region. Get turn-by-turn route descriptions and comprehensive maps compiled by the Maine Department of Transportation.
on May 11, 2011, at 9:59 a.m.
The Underground Forest by Joe Rankin, published in April's Forests for Maine's Future newsletter in the Fresh from the Woods section tunes you into the world under your feet. "Walking in the forest you are bathed in sounds, sights, smells -- chirping of birds, sighing of the wind in the branches, flashes of light off the leaves, warmth of sun on your skin, the skittering of tiny creatures in the underbrush. There's peace there, and beauty. But there's more to the forest than the trees.