Aislinn Sarnacki

Aislinn Sarnacki

Outdoors Reporter

 
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Where in the woods am I? Win an L.L.Bean gift card

on Aug. 29, 2016, at 10:15 a.m.
The prize for this week’s “Where in the Woods” trail ID contest is a $50 gift card to L.L.Bean! All you have to do is guess what trail I explored in Maine recently… Here’s how it works The “Where in the Woods” game is simple. Look at the photo gallery at …
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[video] A bike ride in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

on Aug. 26, 2016, at 12:54 p.m.
On the day that President Barack Obama signed the order creating the 87,563-acre Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument — Wednesday, Aug. 24 — I was assigned by my editors at the BDN to travel north and explore the new national monument by mountain bike with BDN photojournalist Gabor Degre. Here’s …

A bike ride in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 26, 2016, at 12:48 p.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and BDN photojournalist Gabor Degre explore the north end of the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument by mountain bike on Wednesday, Aug. 24, the day that President Barack Obama signed the order creating the 87,563 national monument, which is located east of Baxter State …
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The view of Haskell Rock Pitch on the East Branch of the Penobscot River. President Barack Obama designated roughly 87,000 acres of land East of Baxter State Park as the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on Wednesday morning.

Into the North Woods: Exploring Maine’s new national monument

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 25, 2016, at 3:21 p.m.
On a rocky ledge, we stood with grins on our faces, looking upriver at the rapids.

1-minute hike: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 23, 2016, at 12:23 p.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki explores the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay on Aug. 16, 2016. Featuring several miles of walking paths through themed gardens and coastal forest, the gardens are the ideal spot for family outings. Many of the paths are wheelchair accessible, and there are gardens designed specifically …
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1-minute hike: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay

on Aug. 23, 2016, at 12:06 p.m.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate, depending on the trails you choose to explore. Several paths in the Central Gardens are wide, smooth and built to be wheelchair accessible. Trails outside the Central Gardens vary in difficulty; some are wide and surfaced with compacted gravel, while others are more challenging, traveling over …
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Where in the woods am I? Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

on Aug. 22, 2016, at 10:22 a.m.
And the answer is… Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay! The winner, drawn randomly from all who guessed the location correctly, is Lisa Collins of Ohio (our first out of state winner! We checked, and Ohio does have L.L.Bean stores…phew.)! Enjoy the $50 L.L.Bean gift card, Lisa. And thanks to everyone for playing. Come on back …
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1-minute hike: Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge East Loring Division in Limestone

on Aug. 16, 2016, at 11:51 a.m.
Difficulty: Easy-moderate. The 1.2-mile Don Lima Trail is wide and smooth, surfaced with mowed grass in the fields and gravel in the forest. The trail forms a loop that begins and ends at the refuge visitor center. The East Loring Division of the refuge is also home to longer, more challenging …

1-minute hike: Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge East Loring Division in Limstone

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 16, 2016, at 11:08 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and members of her family explore the Don Lima Trail in the East Loring Division of the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge on Aug. 7, in Limestone. Composed of 7,750 acres in northern Maine, the refuge features more than 13 miles of public hiking trails. Part of …
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Where in the woods am I? Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge, East Loring Division

on Aug. 15, 2016, at 10:22 a.m.
And the answer is… the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge in Limestone! The winner, drawn randomly from all who guessed the location correctly, is Jon Beveridge of Glenburn! Enjoy the $50 L.L.Bean gift card, Jon. And thanks to everyone for playing. Come on back next Monday to play again! And if you’re interested in this …
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The time I scared people with a bug at a gas station

on Aug. 12, 2016, at 12:51 p.m.
Maybe this (creeping out random strangers in a public location) is a sign that my love of bugs has gone a little too far. I was filling up my gas tank at Perry’s Store in Stockton Springs when a felt something hit my sandaled foot, so naturally, I looked down. Upon seeing something …
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1-minute hike: Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve in Bangor

on Aug. 09, 2016, at 1 p.m.
Difficulty: Easy. The trails in the network travel over unimproved forest floor for the most part. In some places, the forest floor is smooth and covered with soft pine needles, while in other areas, the trail is fairly rocky. Watch your footing. While there is no significant change in elevation, …

1-minute hike: Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve in Bangor

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 09, 2016, at 12:21 p.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and her two hiking companions explore the 2-mile trail network of the Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve in Bangor, on Aug. 7, 2016. The easy trails of the preserve are great for families, dog walkers and mountain bikers who have some experience with steps.
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Where in the woods am I? Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve

on Aug. 08, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
And the answer is… the Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve in Bangor! The winner, drawn randomly from all who guessed the location correctly, is JJ Glawe of Belfast! Enjoy the $50 L.L.Bean gift card, JJ. And thanks to everyone for playing. Come on back next Monday to play again! And if you’re interested in this beautiful trail, …
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Acadia hikes: Stunning views, a gradual climb found on Gorham Mountain

on Aug. 07, 2016, at 1:10 p.m.
Wondering where to hike at Acadia National Park this weekend? Gorham Mountain is a moderately different 4-mile loop hike that includes a long stretch of even terrain (Ocean Path), a gradual ascent up the south side of the mountain, and a gradual descent down the north side of the mountain.   …
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Great egrets swoop into Bangor with other wading birds

on Aug. 05, 2016, at 2 p.m.
Great egrets, snowy egrets and lesser yellowlegs were wading through the Essex Woods wetlands near the Bangor Mall yesterday afternoon. I spotted them through the cattails and tall grass as I walked around the wetlands on a public trail at the bottom of Essex Street Hill, one of Bangor’s most famous sledding …

A tour of a Maine sanctuary with 80 parrots

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 05, 2016, at 11 a.m.
Margaret and Fritz Buschmann give a tour of Siesta Sanctuary, a parrot sanctuary at their home in Harmony, Maine, that is home to 80 parrots.
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A macaw parrot stares clings to the side of an enclosure Tuesday at Siesta Sanctuary, "assisted living for retired parrots," in Harmony. The sanctuary is home to 80 rescued parrots.

80 parrots to welcome guests to Maine sanctuary open house

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 05, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“I feel very fortunate to have a house full of these — I really do,” Margaret Buschmann said. “But most people think I’m insane.”
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1-minute hike: Salmon Brook Lake trails in Perham

on Aug. 02, 2016, at 12:32 p.m.
Difficulty: Easy-moderate. From the south parking area, the hike is about 5 miles long, but much of that is on smooth multi-use trails. From the north parking area, the hike is a little less than 3 miles long if you just visit the observation platform, and 4 miles long if you …

1-minute hike: Salmon Brook Lake trails in Perham

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 02, 2016, at 11:03 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki walks the Salmon Brook Lake trails in the northern Maine town of Perham with members of her family and her dog, Oreo, on July 30, 2016, while camping in nearby Presque Isle. The trails are on a state-owned ecological reserve.