Adventure Briefs - 07/30/14
Children’s program on herring fishing at Penobscot Marine Museum
SEARSPORT – Make your own fishing weir! The Herring Are In!, a hands-on program about herring fishing with author and teacher Mayra Donnell, will engage children in play and craft activities. Children will learn why the moon and tides have to be just right for the herring to be in. They will fill the dory, take the fish to the “cannery” and figure their profit depending on how many cans they can fill. The program is on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 11 a.m. at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Peapod. Free with PMM admission.
Acadia voted America's Favorite Place
AUGUSTA - Maine's Acadia National Park received national recognition recently when ABC's “Good Morning America” announced it had been selected by viewers as "America's Favorite Place."
The month-long contest was promoted on “Good Morning America,” with votes submitted on the program's Twitter and Facebook feeds using the hashtag #GMAfaveplace.
Shark sightings a boon for Cape Cod tourism
CHATHAM, Mass. — In “Jaws,” the fictional mayor tried to protect the summer tourism season by keeping a lid on reports of the man-eater lurking offshore. As sightings of great white sharks mount off Cape Cod in real life, however, businesses in the Massachusetts town of Chatham are embracing the frenzy.
Shark T-shirts are everywhere, “Jaws” has been playing in local movie theaters and boats are taking more tourists out to see the huge seal population that keeps the sharks coming. Harbormasters have issued warnings but — unlike the sharks in the movies — the great whites generally are not seen as a threat to human swimmers.
ELLSWORTH - Keeping track of Maine's loon population is no easy task. That's why each July thousands of volunteers known as “citizen scientists” gather on Maine's lakes and ponds to assist the Maine Audubon in its annual loon count. It's a project that was started 31 years ago when very little was known about the iconic bird.
"I'm no loon expert, I just like them," said volunteer David Moores of New Hampshire. This was Moores's second year participating in the count with his kids. "My three daughters did a whole lot of research on the loon habitat which concluded with participating in the loon count last year. This is the educational piece of our summer vacation."
Come explore Cole’s
At Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor, hopping back in time is as easy as hopping on a train. The museum, which is almost an acre in size, houses vehicles and artifacts from decades past. Trains, tractors and automobiles are perpetually on display, and the museum has been visited by people from every state in the US, as well as people from other countries. When it comes to road blocks that the museum faces, however, Director of Operations Jim Neville says that getting locals to stop in to the museum is one of them.
“I hear people say that they drive by here all the time, and they just never thought to stop,” Neville said. “They will say they had no idea so much history is here.”
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