Environment

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.

The 113th Christmas Bird Count

The 113th Christmas Bird Count

The 113th Christmas Bird Count will take place from December 14, 2012 through January 5, 2013. Since the Christmas Bird Count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteer citizen scientists. We volunteers have replaced the hunters of old. We count birds and you’re invited to join us. In other words, it all starts with you! And you are invited to participate this year in the 113th Christmas Bird Counts (CBC). Two Christmas Bird Counts are held in York County ,the York County CBC on Monday the 17th and Biddeford/Kennebunkport CBC on Sunday the 30st.

Each count covers the area within a designated 15 mile diameter circle. Teams of birders search sections of the circle area tallying the total number of birds seen within the circle. The York County Count extends from Moody Beach to Fort Foster where last year we found 87 species.

Mercury contamination: Songbirds are "canaries in the coalmine"

York County Audubon will present a program on November 20th at 7:00pm, Mercury in Ecosystems of the Northeast: Songbirds as Sentinels of Contamination featuring Evan Adams, Migratory Bird Program Director at the Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) in Gorham.

Mercury is a pollutant. But what do we know about its effects on wildlife? The BRI has recently summarized a decade’s worth of research on mercury contamination in songbirds and bats in the Northeast in a report called Hidden Risk.  Evan will discuss how mercury gets into the environment and what the results mean for birds of conservation concern in the Northeast.

This program is FREE and will be held in the Mather Auditorium of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells.

Beware of Bears!

Beware of Bears!

We took a little camping trip to the White Mountain National Forest.  WONDERFUL trip... but the warnings about bears were everywhere!  Just a little bit scary!

I brought along Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods.  What a great read.  I laughed til I was crying, but I also lamented, along with Bryson, the fragility of our wilderness and the ways that American life have removed us so much from, well, nature.

And now I notice Appalachian Trail stuff everywhere - Bill Green's "Green Outdoors" story tonight is about the AT, and this past weekend the AT celebrated its 75th birthday!  So timely!  READ MORE

Clay Hill Farm Hosts 4th Annual Green Wedding Giveaway

Clay Hill Farm Hosts 4th Annual Green Wedding Giveaway

On July 8, under a clear blue sky on a picture-perfect Maine day, Jessica Maillet and Tim Caouette of Westminster, Massachusetts, exchanged vows in a garden ceremony, becoming the fourth couple awarded the Green Wedding Giveaway® Grand Prize wedding at Clay Hill Farm.

Launched in the fall of 2008, Clay Hill Farm’s annual Green Wedding Giveaway has been rewarding couples that make a difference in the world through their everyday commitments to each other and the Earth. Thanks to public votes and the judges’ scores on their creative contest submission, the Green Wedding Giveaway Grand Prize winners are chosen in early March to begin working with the project sponsors to plan their perfect Maine summer wedding. But what makes the weddings green?

Laudholm Trust names new president

Laudholm Trust names new president

WELLS, Maine - Nik Charov has been hired as the new president of Laudholm Trust, the fund raising arm of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, according to Bruce Read, chairman of the Trust board. A search committee composed of Laudholm Trust board members and the retiring president, Diana Joyner, chose Charov after reviewing a strong field of candidates from around the country. Charov will be working with Joyner as he assumes full responsibility as president.

"We are delighted to have a seasoned professional like Nik join our team," said Read. "Nik's extensive and proven experience in fund raising and event planning, as well as his passion for the environment, will serve our communities well as the Wells Reserve at Laudholm continues to prosper and grow."

Charov has been working in science education and environmental preservation for nearly a decade.