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Pokey Night Fishing?

By Daniel Molinski on July 24, 2015, at 12:47 p.m.
The Maine Blade Runners as part of Whitney’s Tri-Town Tournament Series Qualifier, held an afternoon/evening tournament on Pocomoonshine Lake. Sargents Trucking Company co-sponsored the July 18th event with 24 boats from Maine and New Brunswick, Canada launching their boats under threating skies. Liquid sunshine at the start of fishing didn’t …
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Maine Hunting license fees going up – for a good cause

on July 24, 2015, at 12:40 p.m.
All hunting licenses issued by Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will be increased by $1 in 2016 – and before you start complaining, consider how the money will be spent. This was a bill proposed by the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, an unprecedented bill for the organization, as …
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Photographing birds turns into tug-of-war with muskrat in Bangor

on July 24, 2015, at 10:47 a.m.
I skipped out of the office early yesterday to take a walk in Bangor’s Essex Woods and see if any egrets or herons had returned to the bog yet this year. I didn’t see any of those big wading birds, but I did run across a wide variety of songbirds …
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Forts in the Forest and Bug Safari- August 6

By Becky Kolak on July 23, 2015, at 5:31 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Location: Merrymeeting Fields Preserve, 0.9 miles from the intersection of Chopps Point Road and Route 128, Woolwich, Maine For more information: 207-442-8400; kennebecestuary.org/kelts-summertime-scene WOOLWICH- Creative kids with a sense of adventure wanted! The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) invites children and …
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Canoe nationals a family affair for Bangor paddlers

By Ashley Conti on July 23, 2015, at 5:09 p.m.
J.R. Mabee and his two sons, Ashton Mabee, 11, and Nolan Mabee, 13, all tackled various races at the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta that started in Old Town and ended in Eddington on Thursday.
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Ryan Linehan helps his son back to their canoe after capsizing in rapids in the Penobscot River on Thursday morning.

Canoe nationals a family affair for Bangor paddlers

By John Holyoke on July 23, 2015, at 5:09 p.m.
OLD TOWN | At just 11 years old, Ashton Mabee knows how to get his canoe to go where it ought to go. He knows the strokes, and he knows just what to do when confronted with whitewater and waves as tall as he is. “Look for the open …
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A lesser yellowlegs stands next to a short-billed dowitcher.

Birding ain’t easy

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on July 23, 2015, at 4:42 p.m.
If God wanted birding to be easy, he wouldn’t have created shorebirds. But here they come again, sneaking down our coast, defying identification. It’s enough to make a birder switch to butterflies. Shorebirds are a diverse group, and they have comical names, such as dowitchers, sanderlings, knots, turnstones, curlews and …
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Teen Adventure Whitewater Rafting Trip

on July 23, 2015, at 4:33 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Parks & Recreation Department is offering a trip for young adults in grades seven-10  to The Forks for whitewater rafting, swimming, rock climbing, and camping. This overnight trip will be Thursday and Friday, July 30 and 31. The cost is $100 per person for Bangor …
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A backhoe operator takes a break from working on the Penobscot River Restoration Trust's fish bypass in Howland on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

Howland, river restoration officials address more tannery site problems

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 23, 2015, at 3:35 p.m.
Town officials are working with the Penobscot River Restoration Trust to have about 70 cubic yards of wet fill removed from the Lagoon Lane site where the town seeks to eventually place its transfer station. Town Manager William Lawrence said that the bark, tree trunks and other …
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“Using Wild Plants For Food and Medicine” a lecture by Tom Seymour

By Dawn Charnetzky on July 23, 2015, at 2:44 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Eagle Hill Institute, 59 Eagle Hill Rd, Box 9, Steuben, ME For more information: 2075462821, ext.2; eaglehill.us/programs/nhs/nhs-calendar.shtml In this free public lecture at Eagle Hill in Steuben, freelance writer and naturalist Tom Seymour will describe his own history of using …
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9 tips for finding the perfect hiking boots

on July 23, 2015, at 2:19 p.m.
When people learn about my job — which entails a lot of hiking in the Maine woods — they often ask me about the gear I use and my favorite trails. And one of the most common questions I get is: “Do you have any advice about hiking boots?” I …
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Top paddlers ready for new nationals challenge on Penobscot

on July 23, 2015, at 6:51 a.m.
Old Town will be bustling this week as paddlers from around the nation head to the Penobscot River and test themselves against a “new” stretch of the Penobscot River. OK, that’s not entirely true. The river, of course, is still rather old. But the whitewater sections that will test competitors …
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A surfer walks off the sand at Higgins Beach in Scarborough. Over a dozen wave-catchers bobbed in the swell just offshore in the afternoon in this Jan. 28, 2015, file photo.

Water monitors: Humans pose greatest threat to Maine beaches

By Krysteana Scribner, BDN Staff on July 22, 2015, at 3:35 p.m.
PORTLAND | Whether it’s wastewater, climate change or shoreline development, human impact poses the greatest threat to the future of Maine’s beaches, according to experts who spoke during this year’s Maine Beaches Conference. The Maine Beaches Conference was first held in 2000 and has since expanded in ways that …
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Joe Alex, director of Stillwater Montessori School in Old Town, paddles a war canoe on July 18, 2015, on Pushaw Stream during a group paddle in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hirundo Wildlife Refuge. The event was booked with 60 people paddling six war canoes.

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge celebrates 50 years with war canoe trip

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 22, 2015, at 2:26 p.m.
The pickerelweed had just bloomed, and its deep purple flowers hovered over the grey water of Pushaw Stream. Dragonflies zigzagged overhead, and paddles dipped in sync, propelling the six war canoes downstream. Each canoe carried 10 people, making for a group of 60. The trip, ending at Indian Island in …
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Gear Bag: A Maine-based climbing rope

By Ashley Conti on July 22, 2015, at 1:58 p.m.
Each week the BDN Maine Outdoors team takes a look at different gear you might need for your next outdoor adventure. For this week’s Gear Bag, we looked at the Sterling climbing ropes. What is it? Maine-based company Sterling offers climbers a wide variety of climbing ropes that Brad Wilson, …
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Gear Bag: A Maine-based climbing rope

By Ashley Conti on July 22, 2015, at 1:57 p.m.
The Maine-based company, Sterling, offers climbers a wide variety of climbing ropes that Brad Wilson, operations manager at Acadia Mountain Guides, recommends for beginners to advanced climbers.
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Today’s the day: Eat some Gifford’s Ice Cream and meet ‘North Woods Law’ stars

on July 22, 2015, at 12:08 p.m.
Many Mainers love their Gifford’s ice cream — in fact, in towns that are lucky enough to have one of the five family-owned ice cream stands, ice cream lovers eagerly await their season opening, and often stand in line despite the fact that the weather sometimes doesn’t scream “ice cream.” …
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Evening Bird and Amphibian Walk

By bangorlandtrustii on July 22, 2015, at 9:57 a.m.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Essex Woods, End of Watchmaker St., Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-942-1010; bangorlandtrust.org Breeding season for birds and frogs is in full swing. Many chicks have now left their nests and are out and about eagerly begging for food from …
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Wednesday Prayer Card

on July 22, 2015, at 4 a.m.
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Bangor Parks and Recreation Teen Whitewater Rafting Trip

By Bangor Parks and Recreation on July 21, 2015, at 2:41 p.m.
The Bangor Parks & Recreation Department is offering a trip for young adults in grades 7 thru 10 to The Forks for whitewater rafting, swimming, rock climbing, and camping. This overnight trip will be Thursday, July 30th through Friday, July 31st. The cost for this trip is $100 per person …
 
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