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    March 21, 2010

    Birding: Smart imagery, conception make new guides stand out

    A couple of new books have crossed my desk that I think will be interest to birders. The first is a new field guide to the birds of the eastern part of our continent. Published by Princeton University Press, this guide is titled “Birds of Eastern North America: A Photographic Guide,” written by Paul Sterry […]

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    March 21, 2010

    Snowmobiling: We all can help improve reports on conditions

    Snowmobilers are out on trails often for long periods of time in some of the most remote and rugged areas of Maine, in always-changing weather conditions. That is why what they see and hear is so important to the National Weather Service offices in Gray and Caribou. “This is the first year that our offices […]

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    March 21, 2010

    ShoutOut

    Bradbury the spot for hawkwatching

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    March 21, 2010

    Ask an Outdoorsman: Blisters 101: Don’t get off on the wrong foot

    Q: How do I deal with blisters while hiking?   A: First, let’s take a few steps to prevent the blister – which is actually a burn. The heat comes from friction between your boot and skin. So you need to keep your boot from rubbing against the foot. As Goldilocks will tell you, that […]

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    March 21, 2010

    Volunteers needed to track cemetery bird communities

    PORTLAND — Project Canopy, the city of Portland and Maine Audubon Society are developing a project working with area birders to monitor changes in Evergreen Cemetery’s bird communities. “We’re encouraging experienced birders to volunteer their time and record bird observations while walking and then to report their findings to Cornell’s eBird site,” Project Canopy director […]

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    March 21, 2010

    Trail & Error: A new bird-watcher can wing it

    Cardinals are red, crows are black, and gulls have a penchant for sandwich stealing. Therein lies my bird-watching wisdom. Or lack thereof. I often watch my neighbor’s bird feeders, which are placed agreeably close to my kitchen window. But when it comes to identifying the sundry winged visitors who frequent that South Portland hot spot, […]

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    March 21, 2010

    Waiting with baited breath

    Anglers cast their attention to April 1, when a new law will drastically liberalize fishing on lakes and ponds in southern and eastern Maine.

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    March 21, 2010

    Got gear?

    MOST ATHLETES understand the importance of wearing sweat proof sunscreen when exercising outdoors during peak sunlight. But many people do not realize that ultraviolet radiation can severely damage the eyes. LONG-TERM UV exposure can damage the cornea and lens. Exposure can also lead to cataracts and skin cancer around the eyelids. All eye colors are […]

  • Published
    March 7, 2010

    Snowmobiling: Lack of snow has hurt, but several races are still on

    Many festivals and events were canceled this season due to a lack of snow – most notably Cain’s Quest, scheduled for the week of March 13 in Labrador City, Newfoundland, and now rescheduled for March 12, 2011. Many events in Maine were cancelled as well, but, remember that March can produce sizeable snowstorms, and “April […]

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    March 7, 2010

    Ask an Outdoorsman: Get educated about avalanches

    Q: What causes avalanches? A: Basically, it happens when a lot of snow breaks away from a weak layer of snow. And this has to be on terrain of a sufficient angle. “Basically avalanches are a whole lot of bad luck,” says Jeremy Kupferman, a Professional Climbing Instructors Association certified climbing instructor and assistant winter […]

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