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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 […]

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    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 […]

  • 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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    February 28, 2010

    Allen Afield: Delve into a clever kingdom

    Recently, I bought Bernd Heinrich’s ”Winter World” (Harper Perennial), a wonderful nature book by one of the world’s more prolific and entertaining naturalists. Heinrich owns a cabin in Perkins Township west of Farmington, a getaway spot from his job as professor of biology at the University of Vermont. Here in Maine, Heinrich spends free time […]

  • Published
    February 28, 2010

    GOT GEAR?

    HERE’S A BIT of a different take on a gear feature. THIS IS A COOL site that seems worth sharing for anyone worried about having their gear jacked. IT’S CALLED Karma Army (www.karmaarmy.com), and they bill themselves as an ”Amber alert for your gear.” They’ll send out e-mail blasts in your area if your bike […]

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    February 28, 2010

    Skiing: Slope speak

    That last face-plant, those too-chic togs and more all have meaning if you know the latest ski lingo.

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    February 28, 2010

    Snowmobiling: Snowolves’ Winterfest embracing community

    Winterfest, sponsored by the Gray Snowolves Snowmobile Club, will be a community-wide event this year. The snowmobile club has teamed up with Libby Hill Forest Trails, the Gray-New Gloucester Fire Department and other community groups. The event will be at its traditional location — Crystal Lake — as well as Gray-New Gloucester High School, located […]

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