George's Outdoor News

George’s new outdoor issues blog. He goes all over the state. He listens. And he reports on issues of concern to sportsmen, conservationists, and environmentalists.

Hope you can attend my book talk on January 9 at the Bangor Library

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I’m scheduled for a book talk at the Bangor library on January 9 at 6:30 pm, and I’m hoping you can join us for that event.

Boatyard Dogs by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine

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 There is a lot of bow wow in the book Boatyard Dogs. These entertaining and engaging stories were originally published in Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine.

This book, published by Down East Books, with an introduction by John Hanson, who founded Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors in 1987, will entertain both dog lovers and all others.

As Hanson notes in the introduction, “All dogs can be wonderful, but not all dogs can be Boatyard Dogs.” Hanson gets us started with a story about Fagin, his own boatyard dog which came to him as a puppy when he worked at the Henry Hinckley Company in Southwest Harbor. Hanson’s story of Fagin’s first trip on a yacht is very funny. The dog tried to jump from the deck into a yacht and missed, landing in the water and yowling loudly for help.

Nightwalk by Karen Zimmermann

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 I thought I was using all my senses to explore the natural world, but boy was I wrong.

Karen Zimmermann’s book, Nightwalk, opened my eyes and my other senses to the natural world where I spend so much of my time. Karen’s book is unusual and fascinating. It was originally produced for the Maine Master Naturalist Program which she thanked for giving her the opportunity to learn from top-notch instructors and to share the joy of discovery with an inspiring group of like-minded aspiring naturalists.

And I must thank her now for sharing all this information with us. Nightwalk tells us a lot about how wild critters from bears to bats and mosquitoes to Luna moths, use their senses to find food and shelter.

Angela Ferrari’s Children’s Books Are Enchanting and Extraordinary

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 Shortly after Angela Ferrari’s three children’s books arrived, Linda grabbed them and sat down in her kitchen rocking chair and dived into the first book, An Extraordinary Book!

I was sitting next to her, in my own rocking chair, when she dug my nose out of the newspaper to read the first book to me. Well, it turned out to be: perform the first book.

Jen Wixson captures rural Maine in her novels

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 When Linda and I met Jennifer Wixson and her husband Stan at the Islandport Press Christmas party, I recognized her name right away, even though I have not read her popular novels.

So of course, we gathered all four of her novels, which she called The Sovereign Series. From the very first page of the first novel, Hens and Chickens, I was hooked. Jen is a very good writer and not only is the story compelling but I liked the way she works in lots of important messages from the values of rural Maine to her faith.

The story is set in a rural Maine town called Sovereign. Two women leave corporate America and move to Maine to raise chickens and sell organic eggs. There’s lots more to this story, including romance, but I don’t want to spoil it for you.

I will say that Jen’s characters are memorable, and actually describe some of my friends in my own rural town of Mount Vernon.

Do Seals Ever Burp or Fart?

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Well, yes they do! They also have a lot of fun, judging from the wonderful illustrations by Marjorie Leggitt in Fran Hodgkins new book, Do Seals Ever…?

Published by DownEast Books and designated a juvenile nonfiction book, I can tell you that adults will be just as entertained as kids by this book.

I’ve been through the book a half dozen times already, and will pass it on to my grandsons at Christmas (please don’t tell them).

Wait ‘til you see this gorgeous sea glass!

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 Linda and I in joy searching for sea glass, which we have done from the beaches of Lubec and Campobello to the small beach in Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy.

So we were very pleased to discover a new book, Sea Glass – Rare and Wonderful by C.S. Lambert, with beautiful photographs by Tina Lam.

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