Park accepting applications for raptor internship

Acadia National Park is currently accepting applications for its Raptor Interpretation Internship.

The program runs from mid-May to mid-October. From mid-May through mid-August, the raptor intern observes and interprets the activities of peregrine falcons at Champlain Mountain, a falcon nesting site since 1991. From late August to mid-October, the intern counts and identifies migrating raptors from atop Cadillac Mountain.

The raptor intern engages thousands of visitors at these two sites, interpreting the natural history and conservation measures regarding raptors, as well as monitoring and collecting resource data. Candidates should demonstrate proficiency in public speaking, computer skills, and knowledge of raptors. In return for 32 hours of work each week, the intern receives a uniform, housing and a $100 weekly stipend.

For more information about this and other internships in the park, contact Park Ranger Sonya Berger at [email protected] or 288-8803.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to Raptor Internship, c/o Sonya Berger, P.O. Box 177, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, or send electronically. Applications must be received by March 4.


UMaine Extension offers training for lake advocates

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Watershed Stewards Program is accepting registration for a seven-week program, beginning March 1 in Boothbay Harbor, on threats to Maine lakes and what can be done to protect them.

The program will run on seven Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. at Boothbay Region High School, 236 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. Registration is free and includes seven weeks of specialized information for lake and pond residents.

Participants will learn what threatens Maine lakes and how members of the public can reduce those threats. The focus will be on West Harbor Pond, Adams Pond and Knickerbocker Lake, but anyone with an interest in water protection is welcome to join the group.

Speakers will be from the Cooperative Extension, Maine Department of Agriculture, Maine Department of Environmental Protection and others. Groups will discuss common lake pollutants, how lakes function, camp roads, invasive aquatic plants and lakefront landscapes and buffers.

For more information or to register, contact Laura Wilson at 581-2971 or [email protected] For those unable to attend a session in person but are interested in a similar online training program, please contact Wilson.


Two students awarded summer camp scholarships

Teens to Trails and Chewonki are pleased to announce that Joseph Chapman and Annalisa Haase, both sophomores at Wiscasset High School, have been chosen to receive Sara’s Scholarship — Engaging Teens in the Outdoors, given in memory of Sara Leone, who died six years ago.

“Both teenagers recognize the important role that nature plays in a young person’s life,” said Carol Leone, Sara’s mother and a founder of Teens To Trails.

The teens will spend three weeks in the wilderness with Camp Chewonki for Girls or co-ed Trips for Teens.

“We know these outdoor experiences can change a life,” Leone said, “and we are happy to give Joe and Annalisa this opportunity.”

This full camp scholarship is made possible by a partnership between Teens to Trails and the Chewonki Foundation.

“We see great value in getting unplugged from today’s pace of life and becoming connected to the natural world. I am so pleased that we are able to offer two scholarships again this year,” said Ryan Linehan, director of Chewonki’s summer wilderness programs.

For information on Teens to Trails, Sara’s Scholarship and outing clubs, visit

For more information about Chewonki and its summer programs for teens, visit


Bicycle Coalition of Maine premieres bike safety PSAs

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is premiering two public service announcements about bicycle safety and sharing the road in advance of the spring cycling season.

One PSA reminds motorists that cyclists have a legal right to use the roadways and that motorists should give at least three feet of clearance when passing cyclists. “It’s safe,” says the narrator. “It’s courteous. And it’s the law.”

The second PSA shows a teenage boy handing a keychain to his mother. “I’m trusting you with the keys,” he says. “Drive safe.” The mother promises, then unlocks her bicycle and takes off. She demonstrates safe cycling behaviors such as signaling turns, obeying traffic signs and using lights at night.

Both PSAs will be distributed on the Web, on social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube and to Maine’s public access television stations. The coalition also is seeking donated airtime and/or funding to broadcast them on commercial TV.


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