Environment

Fall Foliage Colors Spreading in Northern Maine (as of 9/21)

Fall Foliage Colors Spreading in Northern Maine (as of 9/21)

More foliage colors are beginning to show in northern Maine, according to the second 2011 fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation (MDOC). 

Maine fall foliage conditions for Sept. 21. Credit: Maine Department of Conservation
 
Currently, Maine Forest Service and state park rangers are observing low leaf color, or 10 to 30 percent toward peak, along with very low leaf drop in all of Aroostook County and northern portions of Piscataquis and Somerset counties.

Rangers believe that some sections of Aroostook County will see moderate color, or 30 to 50 percent toward peak, by this weekend. Foliage color and leaf drop in the remainder of the state is very low, or less than 10 percent, according to the report.

"Fall colors are starting to show along mountain ridges in Aroostook County," said Scott Thompson, park ranger at Aroostook State Park near Presque Isle.

Getting The Most Out of Fall in Maine

Getting The Most Out of Fall in Maine

Now that the days are getting shorter & the nights much cooler, you may have a case of fall fever? If you're anything like me, you really love summer & hate to see it go, but you welcome fall with open arms! There is so much to do in Maine in the fall. I wrote a blog post on Stiffler's Social Scoop [my personal blog] about how you can Get The Most Out of Fall in Maine. Apple picking, hiking, high school football & fall foliage are some of my favorites. What is your favorite thing about fall?

Win Four Tickets to the Sylvania 300 @ the New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Win Four Tickets to the Sylvania 300 @ the New Hampshire Motor Speedway
SYLVANIA 300 Sunday, September 25, 2011 2:00pm Oval - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

 

The cars and stars of NASCAR race their way back to New England for the SYLVANIA 300 and the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on Sunday, September 25. As part of NASCAR’s 10-race playoffs, this 300-lap event is sure to be pivotal in deciding the series champion.

Artist John Swan's work on display at St Joseph's Rehabilitation and Residence-Portland 7/12 4-6p

Artist John Swan's work on display at St Joseph's Rehabilitation and Residence-Portland    7/12 4-6p

Renowned Portland artist John Swan's works are usually on display in galleries in various parts of the world.

Clean Water for Clams

Clean Water for Clams

By Becky Kolak

If someone were to tell me a year ago that I would be dressed as a life sized clam to educate the public about the significance of clean water to the soft shelled clam, I would have called them crazy! However, as an AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, with the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and the Maine Conservation Corps (MCC), I am doing just that- donning a homemade clam get-up to promote ‘Clean water for clams.’

Since my term began I have met with municipal shellfish committees, facilitated an after school program at the Patton Free Library, collaborated with the ArtVan Program in Bath, preformed as the Clam Ham in a variety show, worked with state agencies to sample water around clams flats, and visited classrooms as a guest speaker. I am willing to deliver the message of ‘Clean water for clams’ anywhere!

As Maine’s third largest fishery, soft shelled clam harvesting is directly tied to the quality of water in which the clams grow and feed.

We are celebrating the cleanup coming to Ellsworth!

Earth Day Roadside Cleanup
A Friends of Acadia Community Volunteer Project
Saturday, April 30, 2011
8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

 

Please join us on Saturday, April 30th for Friends of Acadia's 11th annual Earth Day Roadside Cleanup. Bring your family, friends, or a team from your office! This year, teams will cover roadsides in the MDI, Trenton, Ellsworth, and Schoodic areas.

 

Join us in Ellsworth:

Who:  The entire community (all ages are invited to participate)!

Join us and meet some new folks, Bring a friend, or Gather a team from the office, whatever you do don’t miss this event.


What:  Earth Day Roadside Cleanup
A Friends of Acadia Community Volunteer Project – Ellsworth


When:  Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 8:30AM-11:30AM 

 

Where:  Meet at The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce Parking Lot @ 8:30.

Climate Change Symposium in Machias, Maine

On Thursday, April 21, at the University of Maine, Machias, Science Room 102, climate scientists and local people with practical ideas will speak informally, answer questions, and engage in discussions with the public all day, from 9:00am to 5:00pm, with a free movie at 5:45pm.

The entire program is free. People can call 207-434-6228 for more information. Coffee, tea, and some organic snacks provided.

The morning session will concentrate on the science of climate change and global methods of mitigating its effects. The afternoon session will focus on local and regional efforts here in Maine, and discuss what more can be done. Presenters will appear in this order:

Morning Session:
Dr.