Environment

  • Citizen scientists turn data into action

    Citizen scientists turn data into action

    BAR HARBOR — MDI Biological Laboratory Education Director Jane E. Disney and systems developer Duncan Bailey will talk about the trend toward citizen science at an MDI Science Café in the Kinne Library on the laboratory’s Bar Harbor campus on Monday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m. In the presentation, entitled “Knowledge to Action: The New

  • Park service honors Stellpflug, Wiebusch

    Park service honors Stellpflug, Wiebusch

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Two park employees were honored earlier this summer by the National Park Service (NPS) for outstanding achievements in protecting natural resources and promoting the safety of park staff. Trails Foreman Gary Stellpflug received the NPS Director’s Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Stewardship. Park Ranger Christopher Wiebusch received the Safety

  • Insects killing pines

    Insects killing pines

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Dead, dying or ultimately doomed is the condition of many if not all of the red pine trees in and around the park. But the good news is that there are relatively few stands of red pines on Mount Desert Island. The trees are under attack from a tiny, nearly microscopic-size

  • Rangers bridge language gaps

    Rangers bridge language gaps

    ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — “Bonjour. Parlez-vous Francais?” It’s not uncommon for rangers at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and elsewhere in the park to be asked that. Fortunately, some of them can answer, “Oui.” “We sometimes have a lot of visitors from Canada who really benefit from French-speaking interpreters because they don’t all speak English,”

  • Acadia’s Dominy back after stint in Montana

    Acadia’s Dominy back after stint in Montana

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Lynne Dominy, chief of interpretation and education here, recently returned from a four-month assignment as acting superintendent of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana. “It was a privilege to go there and have that opportunity,” she said. “It’s nice to be in a decision-making situation, but it’s even better to

  • Acadia trails work funded

    Acadia trails work funded

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The park will receive a $192,286 federal grant and $259,112 raised by Friends of Acadia from private sources to tackle a backlog of trail maintenance work. The funded projects include rehabilitation of stone stairs and retaining walls on the Canon Brook Trail and the connecting A. Murray Young Path in the

  • Trails reopen after nesting

    Trails reopen after nesting

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Trails that have been closed since mid-March to protect peregrine falcons from disturbance during their nesting period are being reopened today (Thursday). The nesting sites were at the Precipice on Champlain Mountain, Valley Cove and Jordan Cliffs. Acadia officials said five falcon chicks fledged this year, down from 11 last year.

  • Mytar to talk about conservation

    Mytar to talk about conservation

    TREMONT — Misha Mytar will lead a presentation about Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s conservation work in Tremont and the Mount Desert Island region at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library on Monday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. Through a narrated slideshow, Mytar will give an overview of MCHT’s conserved lands in Tremont and the MDI region.

  • Anderson on history

    Anderson on history

    TREMONT — John Anderson will speak about the human and natural history of Great Duck Island at the annual meeting of the Tremont Historical Society at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library in Bernard on Monday, July 24, at 7 p.m. Anderson is on the faculty of College of the Atlantic. His research focuses on how

  • Storm surge, estuaries is topic

    Storm surge, estuaries is topic

    MOUNT DESERT — Kim Huguenard and Laura Rickard will talk about estuaries and storm surge at the Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary on Thursday, July 20, at 7 p.m. In a presentation titled “Sensing Storm Surge: A Citizen Science Approach to Measuring Storm Surge-Estuarine Interaction in Maine,” the pair will provide an overview of research examining how