SeaWatch at Schoodic Point, Winter Harbor – Morning Hours Daily – Sept 15 through Nov 16, 6:30 – 9:30 am

By pmsercinst on Sept. 16, 2016, at 3:32 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.Thursday, Sept. …
Traveling westbound on the Down East Sunrise Trail between Mile Markers 15 and 16, three ATVs and their riders cross the Schoodic Bog in Sullivan, Sept. 8, 2013.

ATVs temporarily banned from new national monument land

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 16, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
“We feel that ATV access is a traditional use of that land, and we need to find a way to [re-establish] that access,” Patten Town Manager Raymond Foss said.

It’s almost run time! 30 days until the MDI Marathon and Half Marathon

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 9:39 a.m.
The Mount Desert Island Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relay is just 30 days away! Yes, I could say one month but as a runner that is not the way I think. Why? Because training is daily and you just have to take it one run and one day at a …

Do you know what amazing creatures are under that old pier?

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 7 a.m.
It’s no surprise that The Pier at the end of the World by Paul Erickson was cited as an Outstanding Science Trade Book by the Children’s Book Council of the National Science Teachers Association. If we’d had this book when I was in school, I might have liked science more! …
Mount Chase Lodge owner Rick Hill [far right] and others point out locations on a map held by Scarlet McAvoy of Benedicta during during a National Park Service meeting in Stacyville on Thursday.

Park service hears from stakeholders about North Woods monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 15, 2016, at 9:20 p.m.
Some want assurances that no forest product industry jobs will be lost. Others hope it will draw people to the Katahdin region. Still more worry about forest fires.

AMC to meet for potluck in Brunswick

on Sept. 15, 2016, at 3:47 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, Maine For more information: amcmaine.org/calendar. BRUNSWICK — The Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Chapter, will meet for a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St. Guest …
Climbing Katahdin, watercolor


By Marsha Donahue on Sept. 15, 2016, at 3:13 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: North Light Gallery, 256 Penobscot Ave, Millinocket, Maine For more information: 207-723-4414; artnorthlight.com This is Trails End Festival Weekend in Millinocket, where you can …

Maine Project Learning Tree workshop

By patricia maloney on Sept. 15, 2016, at 2:20 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Fields Pond, ME Audubn, 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden, MAINE For more information: 207 626 7990; mainetreefoundation.org Maine PLT and ME Audubon bringing forestry field data to Fields Pond. Join our session to learn how to establish a forestry research …
President Barack Obama speaks at the Our Ocean Conference at the State Department in Washington, D.C., Thursday.

Obama creates marine sanctuary off New England coast

By Ayesha Rascoe and Lesley Wroughton, Reuters on Sept. 15, 2016, at 2:16 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The United States on Thursday joined more than 20 countries in creating 40 new marine sanctuaries around the world to protect oceans from the threat of climate change and pollution. President Barack Obama designated the first U.S. marine reserve in the Atlantic Ocean: 4,913 square miles known for …
The night sky Downeast.

Sipp Bay Preserve Star Party

By ceci danforth on Sept. 15, 2016, at 2:09 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Sipp Bay Preserve, Burby Road, Perry, Maine For more information: 207-271-7701; mcht.org PERRY — Maine Coast Heritage Trust staff and Charlie Sawyer of Downeast Amateur Astronomers will lead an evening of star gazing 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the …
Meteors fall through the night sky over Cadillac Mountain during the annual Perseid meteor shower, as seen from Schoodic Point in Winter Harbor in the early pre-dawn hours, Aug. 12, 2016.

Saving Maine’s dark skies: Acadia festival to celebrate the stars

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 15, 2016, at 12:57 p.m.
“[We found] one of the darkest locations on the eastern seaboard,” Chad Moore said of Acadia National Park. On a clear night in Acadia, visitors can see the band of the Milky Way with the naked eye, and on occasion they’ll catch a colorful show of the Northern Lights.

North Woods Law Day Sept. 24 at Maine Wildlife Park

on Sept. 15, 2016, at 11:45 a.m.
GRAY, Maine — North Woods Law Day will be held 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Maine Wildlife Park, Route 26. That day is National Hunting and Fishing Day; so Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife staff will be on hand with a variety of hands-on and …
Mallards are notorious for being aggressive Lotharios, so it makes sense they would want to pretty up as soon as they can fly again.

Ugly ducks are starting to get their fine-feathered plumage back

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Sept. 15, 2016, at 11:45 a.m.
Mallards have started to get their green heads back. I welcome the return. A summertime mallard is a pitiful creature.

Maine guide, trapper honored for 65 years in the woods

on Sept. 15, 2016, at 10:49 a.m.
When Jim Martin of Bangor was honored over the weekend for a lifetime lived outdoors, he stopped to ponder how much time he’d spent in the woods pursuing one of his favorite activities, trapping. “I figured it out the other day,” the 77-year-old said. “I’ve trapped [at least one] beaver …
Bill Braniff a 71-year-old Vietnam War veteran tries fly fishing for the first time on a small pond on the grounds of the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center in Bangor. Project Healing Waters teaches veterans how to fish and takes them on trips to enjoy the outdoors.

Healing Waters: Veterans enjoy fishing outing on reclaimed Bangor pond

By John Holyoke on Sept. 15, 2016, at 8:29 a.m.
The national program’s goal, according to its website, is the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing, activities and outings.

Here’s a great chance to improve your wild game cooking skills

on Sept. 15, 2016, at 7 a.m.
               Linda doesn’t let me anywhere near the kitchen to cook, unless it’s time to grill some wild game meat, so I’m looking forward to attending one of the wild game cooking workshops that Maine’s community colleges are offering in partnership with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. And …

No News Is Bad News by Maureen Milliken

on Sept. 14, 2016, at 3:04 p.m.
They thought he’d been shot by a deer hunter, and his body was butchered just like you’d cut up a deer in the woods, but that grisly discovery was only the beginning in a complex web of intrigue that will keep you reading well into the night. Maureen Milliken, the …
Members of the Wilderness Rescue Team practice high-angle rescue techniques.

What motivates someone to join search and rescue?

By Bryan Courtois on Sept. 14, 2016, at 2:34 p.m.
We are all volunteers and pay for our own training, gear, and travel expenses.

Pollinator Walk in Orland

By Alison Dibble on Sept. 14, 2016, at 12:10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: For more information: 2073594659 On Sept. 17, 9am-12 pm, visit two Bee Gardens, G.M. Allen and Son, Inc., 267 Front Ridge Rd. (Rte 15), Orland. Meet in large parking lot at blue building. Hosted by University of Maine and USDA …

How Dry I Am, or, Who’ll Bring the Rain? Maine in Drought, Bad for Trout

on Sept. 14, 2016, at 11:51 a.m.
The Sunday of Labor Day Weekend brought brilliant sunshine, cloudless skies, comfortable temperatures. It was awful. Oh, it was great weather for the annual meeting and picnic of the Upper Dam Camp Owners’ Association. But for the trout and salmon in the famous Upper Dam Pool and elsewhere it was …