In drought, ‘pop-up’ wetlands provide bird habitat
YUBA CITY, Calif. — For the swirling flock of migrating shorebirds banking to a landing in California's Central Valley, a recently flooded rice field is providing a new kind of triage station during a drought that's drastically reducing places where they can rest on their long journeys.
The new arrivals to the field — hundreds of them — are dowichers, says conservationist Greg Gulot, standing on a dirt berm and focusing his binoculars to identify a wading bird that is one of the first to fly south in an annual migration that brings 350 species to California's Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys.
Celebrate Duke’s birthday
Downeast Dickerers come to Oxford Plains Raceway
OXFORD – Downeast Dickerers Codfish and Tony are hosting a birthday bash for Duke at the Oxford Plains Raceway on Sept. 20 in true Dickering style. The bash starts at 9 a.m. and continues well into the evening with a flea market/yard sale, car show, motor mayhem, chili and barbecue, music, fireworks and more. Admission is $12, pits are $15, and there is still time to get a table if you want to sell your wares at the event.
Construction of W² — the world's first wind and wave laboratory — is underway at the University of Maine.
ORONO — What's it like to weather a perfect storm?
Engineers at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center and Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) soon will find out.
Adventure Briefs - 09/17/14
UMaine Extension updates Bulletin of Foliage Facts
ORONO — University of Maine Cooperative Extension has updated its classic publication explaining why leaves change color in autumn.
Blueberry-fueled biking on Quebec’s Route Verte
ALMA, Quebec — I had wondered whether Lac-Saint-Jean, a two-day drive from home in Virginia to the edge of the Quebec wilderness, might prove to be a trip too far as a bicycling destination. A sublime moment on the lake’s Veloroute des Bleuets, the Blueberry Trail, put that question to rest.
Yes, this was worth it, I thought, rolling through Point-Taillon park on a fern-lined trail with solitary beaches and deep blue waters sparkling through trees on one side of the trail. On the other side, wild blueberry patches spread out like throw rugs on the forest floor. Icing on this cake: bear poop in the briars.
Website CMS and Development by Links Online Marketing, LLC, Bangor Maine