Environment

DNA Profiling. Not the Criminal Kind

DNA Profiling. Not the Criminal Kind

You know how law enforcement agencies often use a database of DNA profiles to identify crime suspects? Well, scientists are also building a DNA database of all the different species of plants and animals around the world. If you’re interested, you might be able to help them out this summer — and get to spend some time in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine. Read more.

Earth Day 2013: How to get rid of e-waste

Earth Day 2013: How to get rid of e-waste

 

The Atwood family has a hard time getting rid of stuff. We still have our first computer — an iMac Plus. Yes, we are loyal Apple fans. We took our daughters to DC during April vacation back in the 90s and our computer was already on display in the Smithsonian. By then we’d moved up to a newer version. We still have them both. We also still have the computers we bought the girls when they were in high school — they’ve long since graduated from college. We have them all, mostly because we didn’t know what to do with them. We just put them away with all the other things we’ve accumulated over the years. (Did you notice that container of doll stuff under the computer? It’s full!) Out of sight, out of mind.

Reel Paddling Film Festival

Reel Paddling Film Festival

The Maine Island Trail Association & the Northern Forest Canoe Trail are bringing the Reel Paddling Film Festival to Portland on March 29th, 2013. This event will be held at Hannaford Hall on the USM campus at 7:00 pm, and will include the exclusive premier of a new short film celebrating the Maine Island Trail on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.

A silent auction to benefit the Maine Island Trail Association, showcasing high quality gear and original Maine art, will begin at 6:00 pm. A unique collection of auction items will be on hand, including a stand-up paddleboard, gift certificates to local restaurants, a variety of weekend getaways, sailing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting packages, selections from talented local artists, and much more.

Build your own interior storm windows!

Build your own interior storm windows!

Guy Marsden will lead a workshop train you how to make your own interior double pane  insulating thermal window.  

These simple, inexpensive windows cost around a $1.25 per square foot to make and can save a significant amount of heating energy for your home each heating season.  The older and leakier your windows are the more you are likely to save. 

Guy will explain the physics of how and why these windows work and demonstrate the complete process of making one window with the help of participants.   Anyone with the most basic carpentry experience can make these and cut their heating bill substantially every year.

Hawkes Firewood back with new biomass fired kilns

Hawkes Firewood back with new biomass fired kilns

<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Phippsburg, Maine – Hawkes Firewood, a leader in the firewood market for over 25 years is again providing high quality kiln dried firewood to the Mid Coast region.

Ceremony Marks the Restoration of Mid Coast Hospital’s Nature Trail

On September 27th, Mid Coast Hospital will host a ceremony to mark the restoration of its Nature Trail. This wooded walking path winds through the forested wetlands area between the hospital and the protected estuary and salt water marshes of Thompson’s Brook.

Accessible through the hospital’s Healing Garden and parking lots, the trail offers more than 3,300 feet of prepared walking paths that patients, visitors, staff, and the community can use for exercise in a beautiful outdoor environment. Benches located near scenic areas along the path allow those wishing to pursue a more leisurely pace, a place for quiet rest and contemplation.

The Nature Trail is part of Mid Coast Hospital’s initiative to provide a healing environment for patients, their families, and the community as a whole.

Dragonflies of the Cathance Preserve

Dragonflies of the Cathance Preserve

Come see David Reed's amazing photographs and learn more about these amazing creatures August 28, 6:30 - 8 pm at the Topsham Public Library in this event sponsored by the Cathance River Education Alliance.