Environment

'Signs of Seasons'

ORONO - project seeks citizen scientists- Half of the plants described by Henry David Thoreau in his classic 1854 book Walden have disappeared from Walden Pond.

That is an example of how relatively rapidly climate change can modify our natural environment, says University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant climate change educator Esperanza Stancioff.

A new statewide "Signs of the Seasons" bio-monitoring program recently launched by Stancioff, Beth Bisson, the assistant director of outreach and education and co-coordinator of the program, and colleagues will use volunteers to monitor Maine's phenology, or nature's clock.

The project is partially funded by an $8,000 grant from UMaine Extension and recently a $10,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with in kind contributions from other collaborators.

TOPSHAM FAIR August 9th-August 14th

TOPSHAM FAIR August 9th-August 14th

http://www.topshamfair.net/

 
• One of the oldest Agricultural Fairs in Maine, established in 1854.
• New dates this year (used to run Sunday through Saturday) this year moving to
Tuesday August 9th through Sunday 14th.
• Free admission harness racing only days Sunday August 7th and Monday August
8th.
• New rates this year $10 admission for everyone includes limitless rides.
• Rides by Rockwell Amusements
• Senior Day is Tuesday August 9th, 63 and over admission is $3.00
• Agricultural events: Draft horse pulling, Ox and steer pulling, harness racing, pig
scrambles for 5, 6, 7, and 8 yr olds- everyone gets a chance to chase a pig.
• Big Entertainment: AWA Wrestling Tues. night. Demolition Derby Weds. night,
Twyce Shy Thurs. night, Redneck Truck Pull Friday night, Demolition Derby Sat.
night followed by fireworks, Imperial Stunt Drivers Sun.

Orono Bog Boardwalk Volunteers Prepare for Opening, Announce Friends Effort

(Orono, Maine) – Hundreds of people unknowingly pass a hidden treasure each and every day.  Adjacent to the much traveled I-95 corridor through Orono, hidden from the view of motorists, lies a preserved peat bog traversed by a boardwalk lovingly attended by dozens of volunteers.  Workers are getting ready for some 30,000 seasonal visitors as the Orono Bog Boardwalk prepares to open May 1, 2011 for its 9th season.

Boardwalk volunteers are also announcing the new and exciting formation of Friends of Orono Bog Boardwalk.  The Friends of Orono Bog Boardwalk will help promote the wise use of the boardwalk and assist with its financial future and operation, as needed.  They will also help develop and operate additional programs and events to increase public awareness and on-going support.

At the Orono Bog Boardwalk, a one mile boardwalk loop trail begins at the forested wetland edge in the Bangor City Forest, and after 800 feet crosses the town line int

TD Bank to Celebrate Opening of First “Green” Stores in Maine

TD Bank to Celebrate Opening of First “Green” Stores in Maine

Chance to win $1,000 shopping spree! Free and open to the public.

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TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, will celebrate the opening of its first two “green” retail locations in Maine on Saturday, April 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at both locations.

Giggey Girl Gowns Has Changed My Life...2

Giggey Girl Gowns Has Changed My Life...2

Giggey Girl Gowns Has Changed My Life...2

When I first started the "Giggey Girl Gowns" Dress Donation Center, I never thought that it would be something big (but man did I hope). Today, I am proud to announce that we have given away 3 dresses! (A pair of shoes and a shawl as well!) Three very deserving girls have come to get dresses from us, and have had a wonderful time with it! As have I! I never thought that I would have so much watching girls try on dresses, but I really did! I don't think I have ever smiled that much in my life!

I also have a VERY HUGE announcement today. When we first started Giggey Girl Gowns, my mom set what I thought was an outrageous goal: collect 100 dresses. I thought that she was crazy, and decided not to share it publicly. Last time I had a news interview, we were at 85 dresses, and I publicly announced our goal for the first time. Today I am more the pround to announce that we reached this goal.

BioDiversity Research Institute captures Bald Eagle laying egg

BioDiversity Research Institute captures Bald Eagle laying egg

Biologists at BioDiversity Research Institute (BRI) confirmed today that the webcam dubbed Eaglecam1, located in Hancock County, ME, has captured a bald eagle laying its first egg of the season; the egg was dropped at about 1:00 pm Thursday, March 24.