1-minute hike: Birch Mountain Ledges, Peaks-Kenny State Park

on Dec. 16, 2014, at 11:10 a.m.
Difficulty: Moderate. The Birch Mountain Ledges Loop is about 2 miles long. Starting by the shore of Sebec Lake at a little over 300 feet above sea level, the trail climbs the northeast slope of the mountain to just under 700 feet above sea level. The trail does not lead …
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Talk on Alaskan adventures at L.L. Bean

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 16, 2014, at 11:03 a.m.
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: L.L. Bean, 95 Main St., Freeport, Maine FREEPORT — “Long Ridges and Steep Faces: An Alaskan Education” with Charlie Townsend of Synnott Mountain Guides, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, L.L. Bean store, lower level, 95 Main St.   This …

1-minute hike: Birch Mountain Ledges of Peaks-Kenny State Park

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Dec. 16, 2014, at 10:50 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and her hiking companions check out the Birch Mountain Ledges Loop Trail of Peaks-Kenny State Park in Dover-Foxcroft on Dec. 14, 2014. The 2.5-mile loop is great for snowshoeing, hiking and dog walking.
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Workshop on animal foot, claw and paw prints

on Dec. 16, 2014, at 10:09 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The Coastal Children’s Museum will be celebrating the snowy season with an educational workshop on animal foot, claw and paw prints.  On Wednesday December 17th at 11:00 a.m. Brett Willard, Program and Grounds Manager for Merryspring Nature Center will be at the museum teaching children about the different …

Ice Shack Raffle Promises Better Fishing

on Dec. 16, 2014, at 6:53 a.m.
You may win an amazing ice fishing shack. And you will definitely contribute to an improvement in Maine’s fishery. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $20, and the lucky winner gets a very creatively constructed ice shack. All who buy tickets contribute to the good work of Maine’s …
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cleaning up the trails

Winter Work Party

By Holly Twining on Dec. 15, 2014, at 1:43 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden, ME For more information: 2079892591; maineaudubon.org/events/fields-pond-work-party/ Move to action and work as a team to make improvements to our beloved building and grounds. Individuals, families and groups are welcome to join …
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Red-bellied woodpecker on our Dec Monthly Bird Walk

Monthly Bird Walk

By Holly Twining on Dec. 15, 2014, at 1:38 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden, ME For more information: 2079892591; maineaudubon.org/events/monthly-bird-walks-2/ Join experienced birders and explore the mixed habitats that surround the nature center. Each month brings different birds to the forefront. Please dress for the …
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Nature Time Drop In

By Holly Twining on Dec. 15, 2014, at 1:31 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden, ME For more information: 2079892591; maineaudubon.org/events/nature-time-drop-in/ Try out a Nature Time Drop In adventure to keep your preschoolers entertained before the official winter session. Enjoy stories, movement, crafts, and an outdoor …
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Organic Pest and Disease Control

By Lee Cataldo on Dec. 15, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Chruch, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, Maine For more information: 207-798-5899; btlt.org/gardenworkshop A discussion of vegetable diseases and pests and some of the organic options for their management and control. This post was contributed by a community member. …

Where in the woods am I? Peaks-Kenny State Park

on Dec. 15, 2014, at 10:10 a.m.
K-Tweedie, Gardiner Farms, Downeastah, Keith Bloniasz (via email), Ted Pearson (via Facebook), Sandie ‘Bluebearee’ Sabaka (Facebook), Lisa Leonard (Facebook) and Judy Wasson (Facebook) won the “Where in the Woods Am I?” game for Peaks Kenny State Park in Dover-Foxcroft in December 2014 given these verbal clues and the following gallery of photos: Derek, Oreo …
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$100 for a camp in Grand Lake Stream? You bet … if you’re lucky

on Dec. 15, 2014, at 10:03 a.m.
For generations, hunters and anglers have been attracted to the woods and waters of Grand Lake Stream, a tiny town that sits next to West Grand Lake in Washington County. Through that village, the water that provides its name — Grand Lake Stream — flows, and the landlocked salmon that …

Correcting PETA’s myths about deer

on Dec. 15, 2014, at 7:58 a.m.
On Friday morning, November 18, 2011, I nearly choked on my breakfast cereal when I opened my morning newspaper and saw, spread all across the top of the op-ed page, a diatribe against deer hunters by Paula Moore of PETA, a radical national animal rights organization. Given the fact that …
Jennifer Vashon, a wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, handles two Canada lynx kittens near Clayton Lake during the department's 12-year telemetry study on lynx in the early 2000s. The objective of the study was to assess the status of the state's lynx population by radio-collaring lynx.

New lynx estimate will help Maine, federal wildlife agencies deal with trapping concerns

By John Holyoke on Dec. 13, 2014, at 6:11 a.m.
BANGOR | When state wildlife officials petitioned to allow trapping for fisher and pine marten in areas where threatened Canada lynx live, they were required to formulate a plan that would minimize the chances of lynx being accidentally captured in those traps. That petition was approved in November. However, …
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Family Fitness through Indoor Rock Climbing

on Dec. 12, 2014, at 5:17 p.m.
Looking for a different activity for yourself or your family that is not only fun but can improve fitness, challenge minds and teach knew skills? Rock climbing just might be the sport you are looking for. Rock climbing can be practiced either outdoors or in the warmth and comfort of …
A black bear stands at the edge of the forest in Hancock in June 2014.

Maine wildlife agency spent $31,000 to defeat bear hunting referendum

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Dec. 12, 2014, at 2:52 p.m.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spent at least $31,000 on campaign materials, television ads, debate coaching and staff time to fight Question 1, the citizen initiative to ban bear baiting, trapping and hounding in Maine. The spending was detailed in internal agency documents and invoices released to …

Baxter State Park begins $100,000 effort to relocate Katahdin’s Abol Trail

on Dec. 12, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
The Baxter State Park Authority recently approved a $100,000 project to relocate the Abol Trail, a popular hiking route up Mount Katahdin that closed earlier this year due to a rock slide that resulted in hazardous conditions for hikers. Late in the winter, debris began moving on Abol Slide, forming an unstable debris field.  “Boulders were …
Birds in a feeder

Finding the right seed for avian abundance

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Dec. 12, 2014, at 8:58 a.m.
Today, I pass my troubles on to you. Now that bird-feeding season is going full blast, I am enjoying the avian abundance. But sometimes it can be too much of a good thing. I am referring to an excess of pigeons, house sparrows, starlings and blackbirds. I am seldom plagued …

A fascinating, informative, and historic look at Maine’s fisheries management

on Dec. 12, 2014, at 8:06 a.m.
Do you think you know a lot about Maine’s inland fisheries? So did I until I read Suzanne Auclair’s amazing new book. The Origin, Formation & History of Maine’s Inland Fisheries Division is a thorough, often-in-their-own-words, fascinating examination of the important and historical work of our state’s fisheries biologists. This …
Louis Cataldo of Grand Lake Stream poses with a replica mount of the "Hill Gould Buck," a 31-point deer that was shot by his grandfather, Hill Gould, in 1910. The real mount is now owned by Bass Pro Shops and is displayed in its "King of Bucks" collection. The Hill Gould Buck still holds the Maine state record for non-typical deer antlers.

‘That ain’t a moose’: 104 years later, Hill Gould’s 31-point buck still the Maine standard

By John Holyoke on Dec. 12, 2014, at 5:40 a.m.
Late last month, BDN readers proved (again) that photos of big animals taken by hunters are still incredibly popular: A pair of stories — one on a 19-point deer, another on a 274-pounder — generated more than a quarter of a million page views on the newspaper’s website and were …

Porcupine pops up out of nowhere, stirs curiosity

on Dec. 11, 2014, at 10:51 a.m.
Rarely do I see animals while hiking with my dog Oreo. We’re much too loud. He runs back and forth, snapping branches and pulling on the leash, which causes me to stumble over rocks and roots from time to time. I’m constantly telling him to slow down or “stay” so I can …
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