Naturalist/Nature Watching

In September of 1961, Betty and Barney Hill were driving from Montreal, Canada to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on the way home from their belated honeymoon. While driving through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the couple experienced an extraterrestrial phenomenon that would launch them into the international spotlight and help shape the dialogue around future…

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  From his backyard in Augusta, Maine, astronomer Jon Silverman can look into the night sky and see light emitted from stars hundreds, thousands, even millions of years ago. Anyone can. All it takes to see light coming from, say, the Andromeda Galaxy, our closest galactic neighbor at 2.5 million light-years away, is a simple pair…

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One of every three bites of food we eat comes from a plant that was pollinated by something. Despite their size, pollinators—those tiny bees, birds, bats, and insects that aid in the reproduction of plants by carrying pollen from one flower to another—are vital to the success of a healthy ecosystem. “We’ve come to a…

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Three months after many Americans began physical distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19, most states are beginning the slow process of reopening their economies and public spaces. For outdoor enthusiasts, this means a return to some natural recreational areas that haven’t been accessible for the last several months. But despite the urge to get…

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For immediate release June 3, 2020 Maine organizations receive $1 million federal grant to protect over 16,000 acres of wildlife habitat  Funds to support 3 federally Endangered, 2 federally Threatened and 9 state Endangered species Portland, ME June 2, 2020—Four Maine conservation organizations will share a $1 million grant from the federal North American Wetlands…

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  Seeing animals in the wild is thrilling. Whether you’ve spotted a common merganser hen swimming with her ducklings trailing behind, a five-lined skink basking on a rock, or—if you’re lucky—an ambling moose in the woods, you know that the encounter is a rarity. Experts encourage tracking for its own sake—even if the animal itself…

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The woods of central Maine remain a popular destination for active adventurers. Here, with Baxter State Park and Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, looming over the surrounding communities, you’d expect that outdoor knowledge is part of everyone’s upbringing. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, especially in Piscataquis County where access to the…

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The arrival of spring has brought many new changes to our surrounding environments: flowers are in bloom, trees are growing leaves, and animals are arriving in our backyards. Here are a few of the common plants and animals you’ll see in the Northeast this spring and some fun facts about them. Honeybee Honeybees communicate with…

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Looking for a fun indoor activity? Solve the AMC Crossword puzzle! Show off your knowledge or learn more about the Appalachian Mountain Club and the work that we do. (Scroll to the bottom of this page for the answer key.) Good luck!   Puzzle solution  

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In the 1880s, Edward Charles Pickering, co-founder and the first president of the Appalachian Mountain Club, made enormous contributions to the field of astrophotography. As director of the Harvard College Observatory, he sought to understand the night sky by calculating the positions of the stars. However, his work would not have been made possible without…

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