Aislinn Sarnacki

Aislinn Sarnacki

Outdoors Reporter

 
Bald eagles eating a wild turkey in Hampden, Maine, on March 2015.

Bald eagles awe photographer in Hampden

By Aislinn Sarnacki on March 26, 2015, at 5:12 p.m.
Old Town wildlife photographer Andy Anderson wasn’t having a very successful day on March 24. He was looking for snowy owls, but they were nowhere to be seen. Then, all of the sudden, his luck changed. Driving along Route 202 in Hampden, he spotted a dark shape moving in a …

My first ride on a fat bike

on March 25, 2015, at 3:27 p.m.
The night before my first ride on a fat bike — a bicycle designed to ride over snow — I received a text from Craig MacDonald, an experienced cyclist from Bangor who had agreed to introduce me to the sport. “Do you have a bike helmet?” he wrote. “We have …

My first time on a fat bike

By Aislinn Sarnacki on March 25, 2015, at 3:25 p.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki tests out a fat bike with the guidance of two Bangor cyclists on March 21, 2015, on snowmobile trails near Paul Bunyan Snowmobile Clubhouse.
Craig MacDonald of Bangor gets fat bikes ready for a cycling trip on snowmobile trails on March 17, 2015, in Bangor.

Fat biking gains traction in Maine with new festival

By Aislinn Sarnacki on March 25, 2015, at 12:02 p.m.
Two cyclists pedaled past Paul Bunyan Snowmobile Clubhouse in Bangor and onto the groomed ATV trails. Snow crunching under their tires, they climbed the hill and disappeared into an evergreen forest, leaving behind the faintest of tracks. The couple — Craig MacDonald and Sarah Hannah of Bangor — were riding …

Bangor fat bikers play on Bangor snowmobile trails

By Aislinn Sarnacki on March 25, 2015, at 10:50 a.m.
Craig MacDonald and Sarah Hannah of Bangor take their fat bikes on the snowmobile trails near Paul Bunyan Snowmobile Clubhouse in Bangor on March 21, 2015, proving the cycling can be done year round, even in Maine.

1-minute ski: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Alton

on March 24, 2015, at 10:01 a.m.
Difficulty: Easy-moderate. Hirundo Wildlife Refuge is home to nearly seven miles of trails that vary in difficulty. None of the trails climb any steep slopes. The most difficult trails of the network have tricky footing due to exposed tree roots and rocks. How to get there: Take Interstate 95 to …

1-minute hike: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Alton

By Aislinn Sarnacki on March 24, 2015, at 9:56 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki takes her cross-country skis on the trail network of Hirundo Wildlife Refuge’s in Alton on March 21, 2015. The refuge is home to about 7 miles of trails for skiing, snowshoeing and hiking.

Where in the woods am I? Hirundo Wildlife Refuge

on March 23, 2015, at 9:52 a.m.
No one won the “Where in the Woods Am I?” game for Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Alton in March 2015 given these verbal clues and the following gallery of photos: It happens every March in Maine — we get frustrated with the weather. We watch for winter to make its exit. We patiently (or not so patiently) …

Bloopers of the ‘1-minute hikes’ in 2014

on March 20, 2015, at 10:20 a.m.
This morning, I’m going to drive around looking for some city wildlife in the Bangor area and wait for the day to warm up a bit. (Will spring ever come?) Then this afternoon, I plan to embrace the lingering snow and go cross-country skiing on some awesome trails not far …

Blooper reel for 2014 ‘1-minute hikes’

By Aislinn Sarnacki on March 20, 2015, at 10:06 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki compiled bloopers and extras from footage she took while on adventures throughout Maine during 2014 for her “1-minute hike” series.

Lesser-known Maine hikes (that are awesome!)

on March 18, 2015, at 4:57 p.m.
Earlier this month, I did a presentation called “Lesser-known Maine hikes (that are awesome!)” at the Cabin Fever Reliever in Brewer and again at the Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show in Orono. The audiences at both presentations were great, and I really appreciate everyone who took the time to come here me talk …

Connecting with Nature group finds cure to winter blues

By Aislinn Sarnacki on March 18, 2015, at 1:36 p.m.
The JD Foundation Connecting with Nature program, led by Victor Morin of Abbot, explores trails throughout Maine on weekly outings. The intent of the program is to promote wellness and community through experiences in nature. On March 14, the group snowshoes to Moxie Falls near The Forks and the nearby …
A group with the JD Foundation Connecting with Nature program hikes down Borestone Mountain, near Brownville, on Oct. 19, 2014. Connecting with Nature is a program of scheduled group hikes, nature walks and paddling trips throughout Maine that are open to the public for free.

Outing group’s excursions help many find peace in nature

By Aislinn Sarnacki on March 18, 2015, at 1:18 p.m.
A wall of blue and white ice, Houston Brook Falls loomed overhead, adorned with icicles and clumps of snow. “Many people have told me they’ve had spiritual experiences here,” Victor “Vic” Morin of Abbot said as he watched people approach the frozen waterfall. In the middle of the woods of …

1-minute hike: Moxie Falls near The Forks

on March 17, 2015, at 11:05 a.m.
Difficulty: Easy-moderate. The 1-mile hike in to the falls is on a wide woodland trail that is relatively flat. The challenging part of the walk is near the falls, where the terrain becomes hillier and rockier. Wooden stairs, bridges and platforms help visitors navigate this area and get good views …

1-Minute Hike: Moxie Falls

By Aislinn Sarnacki on March 17, 2015, at 8:17 a.m.
This week’s 1-minute hike takes us to Moxie Falls near The Forks.
Jeff Owen of Orono negotiates the rapids on the Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor on Dec. 1, 2011.

Expert canoeist offers tips, tricks for Maine’s upcoming whitewater races

By Aislinn Sarnacki on March 16, 2015, at 1:05 p.m.
Maine’s whitewater racing season is fast approaching, with the first event of the series scheduled for March 28 on the St. George River. The full race schedule is available at the Maine Canoe and Kayak Racing Association website, mackro.org. In preparation, paddlers are hitting the water, wherever they can find …

Where in the woods am I? Moxie Falls

on March 16, 2015, at 9:48 a.m.
Carolyn Newbert, Gayle Farrar Earnes, Regina Fick, Denise Thomas and Sandie Sabaka won the “Where in the Woods Am I?” game for Moxie Falls near The Forks in March 2015 given these verbal clues and the following gallery of photos: I went on a group snowshoe on Saturday to a couple of frozen Maine waterfalls. See …
"A Snowy Owl Story" published in February.

Audubon partners with Yarmouth press to bring wildlife tales to children

By Aislinn Sarnacki on March 12, 2015, at 10:49 a.m.
“A SNOWY OWL STORY,” written by Melissa Kim, illustrated by Jada Fitch, February 2015, Islandport Press, children’s board book, $10.95. In an effort to connect young children with wildlife, the Maine Audubon is teaming up with the Islandport Press of Yarmouth to create “Wildlife on the Move,” a book series …
Judith McConnell (left), who teaches grades K-5 at Owings Mills Elementary in Baltimore, Maryland, and Teri Green, a pre-K teacher at Cave Hill School in Eastbrook, Maine, collect beetles with an entomolgist in Acadia National Park during the summer of 2013 while participating in the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program, now called the Teacher Fellowship Program.

Acadia National Park seeks educators for outdoor program

By Aislinn Sarnacki on March 11, 2015, at 12:34 p.m.
This summer, a handful of school teachers will spend weeks exploring Acadia National Park, learning about the park’s history and wildlife and, more importantly, learning how to bring those outdoor experiences back to the children they teach. This new Acadia Teacher Fellowship program has an application deadline of March 31, …

1-minute hike: John B. Mountain in Brooksville

on March 10, 2015, at 10:29 a.m.
Difficulty: Moderate. Though this mountain is just 250 feet above sea level, the trail leading its summit is steep for a good stretch. The interconnecting trails on the property total about 1 mile. How to get there: From the intersection of Route 175 and Route 176 in Brooksville, take Route …
 
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