Shad, river herring pouring into Penobscot

Cory Gardner, a research technician working for UMaine’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation Biology and USGS Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, holds a radio receiver above the surface of the water, listening for tagged salmon and shad, on Friday, while floating from Old Town to Brewer on the Penobscot River in 2014. BDN photo by Aislinn Sarnacki

Several years ago, before the removal of two dams on the Penobscot River as part of the Penobscot River Restoration Project, I spoke with a conservationist who had a pretty good idea what would transpire in the future. That man, Jeff Reardon of Trout Unlimited, pointed at the Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River, which […]

Saturday family fun day in Brewer offers outdoor activities for all

If you’re looking to spend some times learning new skills and introducing your kids to outdoor activities, the folks at the Penobscot County Conservation Association in Brewer have just the event for you. On Saturday, June 4, the club is holding a Family Fun Day at their clubhouse, which is located off Route 9 (North […]

Colleagues remember longtime fisheries biologist

Dave Boucher, a longtime fisheries biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, weighs a fish on Lake St. George in the fall of 2015. (Photo courtesy of Scott Davis)

You probably never met Dave Boucher. You probably never think of him when you reel in a trout or a salmon, or when you hop off the boat after a beautiful day of fishing with family and friends. You probably don’t realize he was a fisheries biologist for more than 30 years, and devoted his […]

Warden file on Largay disappearance leaves plenty of questions

Geraldine Largay  is shown in the last known photo taken of the Appalachian Trail hiker, whose trail name was "Inchworm." (Photo courtesy of Maine Warden Service)

In July of 2013, Geraldine Largay, an Appalachian Trail hiker who went by the trail name Inchworm, disappeared in the mountains of western Maine. More than two years later, her skeletal remains were found on a high piece of ground about 3,000 feet from the trail, where she apparently set up camp after becoming lost. […]

No-scare bear: Carmel homeowner videotapes feeder-raiding bruin

Bear at the feeder. (Jim Thorne photo)

Jim Thorne has lived in his Carmel home for 20 years, and has enjoyed life on the edge of the woods. For the past few years, he said he has noticed an interesting phenomenon. “In past years, the pole [for the bird feeder] has been bent over,” Thorne said. “I thought it was a fat […]

Got your turkey yet? Tell us about it!

As Maine’s wild turkey season reaches its halfway point in most Wildlife Management Districts, a couple of observations: My inbox has been devoid of those dreaded messages from the Maine Warden Service informing news media of hunting accidents. That’s a good thing. Here’s hoping hunters remain vigilant and safety-conscious, and that everyone’s trips afield remain […]

Allagash ‘expose’ gives poachers too much slack

Maine Game Wardens featured in the Animal Planet TV show "North Woods Law" pose for a photo in front of the Maine Warden Service mobile command vehicle on April 5, 2012. Pictured are Jonathan Parker (left), Kim Bates, Sgt. Tim Spahr, Kristopher MacCabe and Josh Bubier. (BDN Photo by John Holyoke)

On Sunday, the Maine Sunday Telegram published a long, seemingly in-depth series of stories that, according to the paper, documents a “controversial sting” operation that took the Maine Warden Service two years to complete, and which, writer Colin Woodard asserts, resulted in “surprisingly scant results.” The target of that sting was a group of Allagash […]

Patten 11-year-old celebrates hunting grand slam

Jeffery Martin, 11, of Patten, shows off the 165-pound black bear he shot last year while completing his "grand slam." Martin shot a wild turkey, a bear, a moose and a deer in the same hunting season. (Photo courtesy of Beth Martin)

After his son experienced a frustrating bear season in 2014, dad Scott Martin wondered if now-11-year-old Jeffery Martin would want to take part in the next year’s hunt. “The year he turned 10, he spent probably close to 25 hours in the bear stand with no luck,” the elder Patten man explained. “He put a […]