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  • Published
    July 4, 2010

    Deirdre Fleming: No avoiding the reality of nuisance wildlife

    Stephen DeStefano has worked as a wildlife biologist in nearly a dozen states and seen nuisance wildlife problems of every kind. And his conclusion, in short: “This is not Disneyland.” After 30 years as a biologist, DeStefano has found people’s views of living with wildlife and getting along with wildlife, even trying to help wildlife, […]

  • Published
    July 4, 2010

    Worth the hike, and so worth protecting

    Protection of the Grafton Loop Trail and its natural wonders continues to be a solid work in progress

  • Published
    June 26, 2010

    Outdoors Dispatches

    JEFFERSON Nature Center is perfect for leisurely summer day Looking for a leisurely way to spend a summer’s day in the beautiful Maine outdoors? Hidden Valley Nature Center has hiking and canoeing packages. From the main gate, hike an easy 1.3-mile trail to remote Little Dyer Pond. There you will find your reserved canoe, a […]

  • Published
    June 26, 2010

    What’s up in July: Gathering of planets,zodiac constellations shouldn’t be missed

    Now that summer has settled across our hemisphere and the nights are slowly getting longer again, there are several interesting celestial highlights this month. A good way for us to become more aware of our place in the solar system — and the larger-scale motions our spaceship Earth goes through as it ceaselessly orbits the […]

  • Published
    June 26, 2010

    Freshwater Fishing: Pike catches overshadow slower fishing

    Angling for cold-water fish is slowing in the summer heat in many areas, but state biologists have worse news this week. Illegal introductions are reported in southern Maine and are leading to stricter regulations up north. REGION A: SOUTHERN MAINE There was an 8-pound largemouth bass caught and released in Deer Pond in Hollis, reported […]

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  • Published
    June 26, 2010

    Allen Afield: Look at fish’s favorite food to find right fly

    This year, after 35 years, I retired from teaching fly-fishing seminars and lessons. All that experience taught me that serious novices generally want to learn three skills in the following order — fly-casting, knot tying and fly selection. Many fly-fishing newbies often owned a rod, reel and line when they came to me, but sooner […]

  • Published
    June 26, 2010

    Birding: Birds gain safety by moving in with tougher guys

    The reproductive success of birds depends in large part on the location of the nest. A nest should provide protection from the elements. It also should be well hidden to prevent its discovery by egg or nestling predators. Some bird species build their nests in the proximity of other species of birds. In today’s column, […]

  • Published
    June 26, 2010

    Fleming: Joy and friendship during a night at the lottery

    The carnival and celebration that is the Maine moose lottery is not something you see every day. It is a special occasion. I know, having gone to several around the state, from Old Town, Phippsburg and Bucksport to Scarborough and now Freeport. There is still the whooping when a winner who is present gets called. […]

  • Published
    June 26, 2010

    Keeping old art afloat

    A Maine craftsman who has become a master at building birch bark canoes is called on to teach American Indians the ancient tradition.

  • Published
    June 19, 2010

    Wise guides

    The Maine Canoe Symposium gathers pros who share their passion for paddling peaceful waters.