Another Great Visit to Monhegan

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Monhegan
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 George

          Monhegan Island is the perfect place to relax and escape the troubles of our country and world. It’s a very friendly place. Both residents and visitors stop to visit with us on the many walking trails, and if we’re wearing binoculars, ask what we’ve seen.

          Yes, Monhegan is a birder’s paradise, but it’s much more than that. On our first visit here, a May day trip with Maine Audubon to see migrating birds, we fell in love with the island and have returned many times since, both spring and fall.

These 90 second Nature Moments are fascinating

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Nat Wheelwright has started a fascinating series of 90 second videos titled “Nature Moments.” Nat is a Natural Science Professor at Bowdoin College and a Maine Audubon Trustee. His videos are posted on Maine Audubon’s website.

I was particularly intrigued by his video of the amazing and beautiful plants that took root after he stopped mowing his lawn. Yup, no more lawn mowing!

Here’s how they described this: “Mowing lawns costs time, burns fossil fuels, and produces a biological desert. When Nat let his grass grow, three dozen flower species appeared, attracting a diversity of insects that fed birds in this backyard.”

The Forgotten Lawmen by D.B. McCrea

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The Forgotten Lawmen by D.B. McCrea

DB McCrea, the author of The Forgotten Law Men – The Life and Adventures of a South Dakota Game Warden - has written a wonderful account of his 23 years as a game warden in South Dakota.

Actually, shortly after McCrea began his job they changed his title to conservation officer, something he never liked. Starting his career in a location that had not had a warden for a long time, he found himself in the land of poachers, some of whom were very dangerous.

Defending our hunting, fishing, and trapping heritage

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          Hunting, fishing, and trapping are key parts of Maine’s outdoor economy and an important part of our heritage. So it troubles me greatly when I hear or read ugly statements about these outdoor activities.

          In a column published here in August, Karen Coker of a new anti-hunting and anti-trapping group, WildWatch Maine, sharply criticized beaver trapping, claiming “Mainers are becoming increasingly intolerant of the brutal methods used to trap these charismatic animals.”

A Love From Away by Joe Haskins Jr.

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 Joe Haskins, Jr., is a native of North Carolina, but he sure did capture Maine in his novel, A Love From Away. There is a good reason for that: Haskins married a teacher from New Brunswick, Canada, and they moved to Maine in 2007.

So you won’t be surprised when the novel features, Gabriel, a guy from the south who, while teaching a semester at the University of Maine, meets a Canadian girl in Bangor and falls in love with her. But the guy doesn’t fall in love with Maine, and he leaves our state and the girl to return to North Carolina.

Hunting in Europe is amazingly different and challenging

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 Si Balch has traveled throughout Europe, mostly for forestry purposes, but he always comes home with amazing stories about hunting in these countries.

A while back I posted Si’s story about hunting in Italy. I also wrote a column about wild boar hunting in Italy, something I witnessed last fall when Linda and I were there.

Today, I’m going to share with you Si’s story about hunting in Germany and France. Here it is.

European Traditions Contrast with Maine

Uno Mas is a very creative Mexican restaurant

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Farmington
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 George

 

          It didn’t take long for people far and wide to discover Uno Mas, a new Mexican restaurant that opened last December in Farmington. We owe our friends the Grazianos of Readfield a thank you for recommending this wonderful restaurant to us.

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