Avian Architecture Is A Fascinating Look at Nests

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Finally, we have snow! And when you get out there on your snowshoes to enjoy this abbreviated winter season, you’ll see lots of bird nests.

Avian Architecture will identify the birds that made those nests, and give you lots of fascinating insights about how those birds design, engineer, and build the nets.

And I’m not exaggerating when I use the word fascinating. I found this book, written by Peter Goodfellow and published by Princeton University Press in 2011, to be amazing.

First, the gorgeous photos will grab your attention, 300 gorgeous full-color shots. My mouth fell open when I turned to the introduction and saw the African Masked-Weaver, hanging upside down from its nest. Wow!

Rangeley's a Year-Round Recreation Destination

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Rangeley is well-known for its outstand recreational opportunities, but did you know about the community’s fabulous inns, restaurants, and shops?

Even though we central Mainers can reach the town in about an hour, we tend toward I-95 and longer trips north and south, even for an evening’s dinner.

Turn that vehicle west and you will find a warm and welcoming community offering everything that gives Maine bragging rights for its quality of life.

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Billings Whips Republican Legislators Into Line

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It took only fifteen minutes for a legislative committee to turn months of good collaborative work by a Land Use Regulation Commission study commission into an ugly partisan donnybrook.

But the unusual appearance of the Dan Billings, the governor’s lawyer and political henchman, who joined a closed-door caucus of Republican members of the Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, brought a quick and very unusual end to the debate.

Read my previous post for the good news about the recommendations of the LURC Commission, presented today to the ACF Committee by DOC Commissioner Bill Beardsley and study group member Sarah Medina of Seven Islands Land Management Company.

LURC Hot Potato Goes to Legislature

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When we last left the controversy over the Land Use Regulation Commission, both sides were hurling angry charges. Environmentalists charged that a legislatively created study committee was stacked in favor of the Governor’s proposal to eliminate LURC, which is the planning and governing body for 10 million acres of unorganized territories.

The Maine League of Conservation Voters felt so strongly that they sited support for the bill creating the study group as a key “wrong vote” in their year-end legislative rank card.

LURC’s Director, Catherine Carroll, poured on the gasoline, telling Tom Bell at the Maine Sunday Telegram, “I welcome and embrace the assault on this agency.” Carroll recently left her LURC position for a planning job in the Bureau of Parks and Lands.

Lots of News From Deer Plan Briefing

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Eight of nine reports that Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife were required to present this session were delivered this morning in writing, accompanied by a verbal briefing for the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee.

DIF&W’s John Pratte provided an excellent briefing – the best I’ve heard from him in 3 deer plan briefings he’s presented recently, and I will report later on each of the nine reports – some of which will surprise you. Many call for more action, from stiffer regulations for the scents that hunters use, to increased funding.

A significant deficiency in the Maine Game Plan for Deer is funding, and Pratte’s report today provided a definitive listing of the new funding that his agency has been able to raise for the deer plan and the additional funds that will be needed in the future. Grants are the only significant source of funds so far.

Issues and Challenges for 2012 Aired at SAM's Sportsman's Congress

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The 17th annual Sportsman’s Congress, organized by the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, met today at SAM’s Augusta conference center.

Topics ranged widely from deer to landowner relations to fisheries and legislative issues. The Congress is a by-invitation-only event that was created to give the state’s outdoor leaders and organizations a look at the key issues on their agenda in the coming year. Three dozen outdoor leaders – including DIF&W staff – attended this year’s Congress.

The governor of the state attended and spoke at the first 12 events, until Governor Baldacci stopped attending in his second term. Governor LePage missed the Congress last year and this year, an unfortunate indication of his lack of interest in outdoor issues.

Rangeley's Farmhouse Restaurant - Small Place, Big Flavors

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The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant in Rangeley is exactly the kind of place we hoped to find for you when we started writing this column: small, unique, with exceptional food, superb service, comfortable atmosphere, and wonderful hosts.

And it’s only a short drive away. We often travel 60 to 90 minutes to dine in Brunswick, Portland, Rockland, or Bangor, but seldom think about Rangeley, just an hour away from our home in Mt. Vernon.

Well, we’re thinking of it now, and the dinner we enjoyed in the Farmhouse’s cozy downstairs tavern is the reason. Wow!

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