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ORONO University of Maine professors and Center for Research on Sustainable Forests leaders Sandra De Urioste-Stone and Robert Lilieholm are conducting a survey under the Bay-to-Baxter initiative. The study seeks to identify sustainable economic development pathways for the Penobscot River corridor that protect and leverage the region's natural resources and quality of place.

De Urioste-Stone, leader of the CRSF Nature-Based Tourism Program, and Lilieholm, conservation lands lead for CRSF, are mailing 3,000 surveys to residents along the Penobscot River to learn their views on recreational use of the river, as well as their thoughts on the community and its ability to adapt to changing social, economic and environmental conditions.

Monday, 06 April 2015 19:55

Effects of rockweed removal explored

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Unity College biology professor to speak at next in Fishbowl colloquium series

UNITY The effects of removing rockweed for commercial purposes will be the topic of the next talk in the Fishbowl colloquium series at Unity College.

FARMINGTON Nancy Prentiss, University of Maine at Farmington faculty member and researcher, has hit the proverbial lottery in biological research with the recent discovery of a new genus and species of marine creature.

For years, Prentiss has spent much of her off-campus time in St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands teaching and mentoring UMF students, working as an ecology camp science educator at the Virgin Islands National Park and pursuing scientific research.

BANGOR - The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Penobscot County is gearing up for this year's event and is looking for teams and sponsors to help them finish the fight against cancer. The Relay For Life of Penobscot will take place at the University of Maine's Morse Field on Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16.

'This year we are celebrating 30 years of Relay and Dr. Gordy Klatt, who founded Relay For Life in 1985,' says Event Lead Karen Girvan. 'Our theme is Party Like it's 1985,' and we have many activities planned to keep the energy up all night!'

Monday, 30 March 2015 16:20

Run for Your Life in Camden

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First responders host Emergency Service Challenge

CAMDEN Registration has opened for the Third Annual Run For Your Life Challenge, a mountain adventure race that will be held May 23 at the Camden Snow Bowl. Register online at emergencychallenge.org, or call the Camden Fire Department, (207) 236-7950.

Monday, 23 March 2015 09:27

How does a forest respond to stress?

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Effects of invasive species, land use on Maine forests topic of next Fishbowl colloquium

UNITY The effects of invasive species and land use on forests will be the topic of the next talk in the Fishbowl colloquium series at Unity College.

SEARSPORT Coastal Maine's rich maritime heritage has produced a lot of sailors, and you don't work on the water without accumulating good stories. Penobscot Marine Museum and Colonial Theater invite you to Salted Tales: Stories From the Sea Told Live at Colonial Theater on Sunday, March 29, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Hear working seamen and women tell hair-raising real-life sea stories of amazing experiences on the water, from fending off Somali pirates to putting out aircraft carrier fires. Each fast-paced story will be eight minutes long. Storytellers' backgrounds range from the U.S. Navy to tug boat captain to commercial fisherman.

Salted Tales: Stories From the Sea Told Live is a joint presentation of the Colonial Theater and Penobscot Marine Museum. Refreshments will be available at intermission. Admission is $5; Penobscot Marine Museum members are free. For more information call Mike Hurley 338-1975 or Kathy Goldner 548-2529 ext 216 or go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org.

Monday, 23 March 2015 09:13

Bangor Land Trust training

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BANGOR - Signs of the Seasons trains volunteers to observe and record phenology, which is the timing of seasonal changes in plants and animals. Program training includes information on the history and science of phenology, the connection to our changing climate and an overview of the current research being conducted. Participants will gain practical experience for observing and recording plant and animal life cycles in their own backyard, schoolyard or other community location. Additionally, participants will learn how their observations become valuable data when added to Nature's Notebook, the national online database hosted by the USA-National Phenology Network.

Trainings are free, though registration is required so that there are enough materials for everyone. The training will take place Saturday, April 4 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the BLT office. Please call the office at (207) 942-1010.

Monday, 23 March 2015 09:12

April Star Shows at the Emera Astronomy Center

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ORONO - Public star shows at the Emera Astronomy Center bring the stars and planets to visitors of all ages on Friday nights at 7 and Sunday afternoons at 2. Each star show features a tour of the Maine sky and tips on how to view upcoming astronomical events.

Friday evenings feature adventures into space to visit distant and exotic celestial wonders. Mark Hamill of 'Star Wars' fame narrates an adventure where visitors can explore the cosmos and see how the study of our sky has impacted and expanded our understanding of the universe. Skim the surface of the sun, orbit a black hole, and see how the sky has affected our culture in 'Stars' on April 3 and 17 at 7.

Monday, 16 March 2015 15:06

Unity College offers update on landmark bear study

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UNITY Unity College's groundbreaking study of central Maine's black bears will be the topic of the next talk in the Fishbowl colloquium series on campus.

Undergraduate student project leader Jonah Gula '15 will present 'The Unity College Bear Study: Updates on a Recolonizing Bear Population,' noon to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12 in Room 204 of the Student Activities Center Parsons Wing.

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