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University of Maine graduate assistant Phillip Dionne holds a shortnose sturgeon after catching it in the Penobscot River near Bangor, Oct. 13, 2008.

Why researchers are excited about spotting a pair of sturgeon in Milford

It marked the first time since those dams were removed that sturgeon have accessed the entire range of their original native habitat.
Cedar waxwing

Time to talk about the birds and the bees — really, just the birds

Good Birding: Maine is an inviting place to raise a family, because we have an awesome supply of insects.
The cover of &quotA Blanding's Turtle Story," published in May 2016 by Islandport Press.

Rare Maine turtle stars in new children’s book

The Maine Audubon is using this book, along with the other two “Wildlife on the Move” books, as a cornerstone of its education efforts for its preschool outreach and school collaborations in Maine.

Stand up paddling at Higgins Beach will leave you mesmerized

Stand up paddling, or Hoe he’e nalu if you’re in Hawaii, is a form of surfing in which the rider stands upright on a SUP and uses …

My mom has bats in her belfry. What next?

The call came at an inopportune time, just as I’d put about four pounds of chicken on the grill, and donned my imaginary outdoor chef …
Michael Smith, program director and chief operating officer with the Maine Winter Sports Center, demonstrates basic mountain biking skills in this May 2015 file photo. The Maine Winter Sports Center is being renamed as the Outdoor Sport Institute.

Maine Winter Sports Center changes name to better reflect mission

Maine Winter Sports Center announced this month that it’s changing its name to Outdoor Sport Institute.

This place will test ticks for Lyme free of charge

One problem for many Mainers has been finding an affordable and reliable way to test an embedded tick to ease one’s mind of worry over dreaded Lyme.

1-minute hike: Gorge Path up Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park

Difficulty: Moderate-strenuous. From the Gorge Path trailhead on Park Loop Road, the trail is 1.9 miles to the top of Cadillac Mountain, making for an …

Should fish be killed, just to prove they were there?

Bob Mallard recently had a letter published in my local newspaper that challenged the process of killing fish just to prove they are there. Over …

Three things to teach your kids before they get lost in the woods

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Pokemon Go players flock to the Bangor Waterfront recently to take advantage of lures placed simultaneously on three Pokestops in the area.

Hate if you must, but here’s why I love the Pokemon Go craze

If Pokemon Go can teach an old dog like me some new tricks, while also coercing the family into getting some exercise and spending time together — it’s OK in my book.
Mount Katahdin reflects in a pond by the Abol Stream Trail in Baxter State Park, June 20, 2013.

Katahdin’s Dudley Trail closed until 2018

The popular Dudley Trail up Katahdin, Maine’s tallest mountain, was closed recently because of unstable conditions resulting from a rock and debris slide.

Frankenstein Fish: How one Mainer tries to bring your trophy catch “back to life”

Christian Carlson is a man obsessed. Addicted. In love. With fish. He has to be, to spend all hours of the day obsessing over their …

Should kids stay quiet in the outdoors?

The beach wasn’t exactly what I would call silent. There were quite a few people there: picnickers, beachcombers, even another family with two kids. Everyone …

How this MDI resident helps preserve Acadia

STORIES OF ACADIA: The friend David McDonald Favorite spot: Eagle Lake. “It’s terrific in all seasons.” He drives by the lake on his daily commute and …

I Won’t Find Success until I Find a Snowy Owl

As I mentioned in my previous blog, I really wanted to see a Snowy Owl. My parents technically worked and couldn’t go galloping off into …

Campers fired up over Schoodic Woods Campground in Acadia

At the new Schoodic Woods Campground in Acadia National Park, Bill Mulvey paused to admire his site as he and his son, Pat, set up …

Camping with kids? Play with your food!

A few years ago, as a family camping trip loomed, my (now) wife and I began to panic. We figured her three young kids would …