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.

Uses for Mooses by Paul Cyr

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 I’m a fan of Paul Cyr’s photography, and his new book, Uses for Mooses, published by Down East Books, demonstrates why.

The moose photos in this book are amazing. And the book is also a fun read, with lots of humorous comments to go with the photographs. For example, there’s a photo of a cow and two calves, staring at us, with the cow telling her calves, “Act natural. The humans are staring at us again.” There’s a fabulous photo of two bulls fighting, with the caption, “Swing your partner round and round.”

The 40 greatest players in Boston Celtics basketball history by Robert Cohen

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 Who do you think where the 40 greatest players for the Boston Celtics? I think Robert Cohen made many of the right choices in his new book The 40 greatest players in Boston Celtics basketball history.

Published by Down East Books, this is a very entertaining read. Having been a Celtics fan from my very earliest days, I certainly think he got it right with the top four: Bill Russell, Larry Bird, John Havlicek, and Bob Cousy.

Cohen’s book provides lots of details about the lives and careers of these 40 great players, along with a history of the Celtics which came into existence on June 6, 1946. That was in the Basketball Association of America which eventually merged with its rival the National Basketball League at the conclusion of the 1948 – 49 campaign to form the National Basketball Association.

Gardens Aglow has an amazing display of 500,000 lights

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Boothbay Harbor
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I can’t come up with an appropriate adjective for Gardens Aglow at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor. Amazing, astonishing, fabulous, fantastic. Even these do not completely describe this display.

You really must see it sometime between now and December 31. It’s not expensive and you can buy tickets on their website or when you arrive.

Bad News! Maine coyotes are becoming wolves.

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 The newspaper headline would have pleased many Maine hunters: “Future of Coyotes in doubt.” But Patrick Whittle’s Associated Press story related that the reason the future of coyotes is in doubt is because they are becoming wolves.

The “increasing wolflike traits are making it a larger, more adaptable animal equipped for survival on the East Coast, scientists say. The growing wolflike characteristics mean humans must learn to better coexist with the adaptable predators, scientists and wildlife advocates said,” reported Whittle.

“It’s especially bad news for deer,” he noted. And boy, he got that right.

Scientists predict coyotes, as they continue to grow larger and more wolflike, will become more effective predators. I thought they were already pretty effective predators!

An Island For Sam by Sandra Dickson

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 Our 3 year old granddaughter Ada was enchanted by An Island For Sam, Sandra Dickson’s true story of a Shetland pony named Sam who rode the Laura B, a Port Clyde ferry, to Monhegan where the pony’s owner, Aunt Peggy, turned the pony over to her young 5th-grade niece.

Ada loves horses and points them out in the fields as she rides to school. So of course, she loved this story, which is told in the voice of the niece. Ada was very excited to see that Sandra had autographed the book to her, and when I told her it was hers to keep, she said, “Grampy, can I keep it forever?”

We’ve visited Sandra’s wonderful art gallery on Monhegan, where the pony’s home was. Islanders were very excited by the arrival of the pony and helped the niece’s family build a horse barn.

You could win this great book!

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 I recently read and wrote about a great new book, The Naturalist’s Notebook. And I am pleased to alert you to an opportunity to win a free signed copy of the book.

 

Got deer meat? Kate Gooding needs some.

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 If you don’t have Kate Krukowski Gooding’s wild game cookbooks, put them on your Christmas wish list. Kate is an amazing cook, and once cooked a fantastic wild game stew on my TV show Wildfire. Everyone in the building flocked to the studio to eat a bowl of that delicious stew.

Not long ago Kate was on Bill Greene’s TV show, making Black Fly Stew. And she put blackflies in it! Bill claimed they were tasty, but I doubt it!

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