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    March 7, 2010

    Got Gear?

    WATER IS LIFE. HERE’S WHY: The average adult eliminates about 6.3 cups of water per day. Another four cups are lost from breathing, sweating and other bathroom business. That means the average person needs to drink between 64 and 104 ounces each day, according to the Mayo Clinic. TRACKING WATER CONSUMPTION can easily be forgotten […]

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    March 7, 2010

    Birding: Some high-fliers from the world of bird books

    A reader of this column, Tim McCormack, asked me to suggest a list of bird books to provide a good overview of the field of ornithology. After sending him some suggestions, it occurred to me that other readers might be interested in them as well. The number of bird books is huge, so I’ve chosen […]

  • Published
    March 7, 2010
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    Learn to be a track star

    Upcoming workshops can help you spot clues that identify the critters sharing your world.

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    March 7, 2010

    ‘Crazy’ in a good way: Skiing on vintage gear

    Portland ski instructor Theo Johnsen was one of the first Maine advocates for Alpine fun. And it’s interesting to note that in 1905, Johnsen called the skis made a century and a half before him “clumsy and awkward.” “Tradition tells us that the skee or sliding snowshoe … proved a heavy load to fasten to […]

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    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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    March 7, 2010

    Allen Afield: Yes, weasels can provide fun learning experience

    Recently, on a sun-splashed day on the Bartlett Road in Belgrade, a short-tailed weasel (Mustela erminea) in its winter white caught my eye, darting furtively along the top of a dirty snowbank right beside my vehicle. I stopped and so did the little predator. He eyed me suspiciously before retreating to the woods. My passing […]

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    March 7, 2010

    Recumbent bikers ignore the smirks, lean back and enjoy the ride

    At first glance it looks comical, like a clown bike or a novelty ride to rent to tourists at the beach. For Shari Bernhard, her recumbent bike is the only reason she is still a serious cyclist. The hunched-forward position in riding a conventional bike aggravated an old neck injury. The pain became unbearable on […]

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    March 7, 2010

    Shout Out: Fly fishing film tour

    BRUNSWICK — Love fly fishing? Fly Fishing in Maine, FliesandFins.com, Coastal Fly Angler and Maine River Guides are bringing the acclaimed “Fly Fishing Film Tour” to Maine. The tour is a collection of short films that represent the pinnacle of fly fishing experiences. Inspirational and breathtaking, the scenery, angling,and interesting stories pack more than 90 […]

  • Published
    February 28, 2010

    Hiking: Chill out on off-season seaside walks

    Maine’s coastal beaches provide myriad opportunities for winter walking. In sharp contrast to the crowds of people basking in the summer heat, our beaches at this time of year are pretty much empty — perfect for a contemplative walk amid the rhythmic sounds of the waves breaking onshore and the invigorating smells of salty sea […]

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