Environment and Outdoors

Environmental news

Bees and Honey

Jun 11, 2013

  The important role bees play in Maine and the increase in beekeeping in our state.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Dr. Frank Drummond, Univ. of Maine professor of insect ecology 

 and  Peter Cowin, the bee whisperer

Tar Sands Pipeline

May 30, 2013

  The debate over transporting oil from Canada's tar sands through Maine.

Host Susan Sharon was joined by

Larry Wilson, president of the Portland-Montreal Pipe Line Corp.

and Dylan Voorhees, Clean Energy Project Director with the Natural Resources Council of Maine

Recent Portland Press Herald Article

Bicycling in Maine

May 29, 2013

  The best trails and gear as well as buying advice and tips for tuning up your bike for the summer riding season were discussed.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by:

Brian Danz, bike guy

and Nancy Grant; Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine

and Joe Minutolo, co-owner - Bar Harbor Bike Shop

Explore Maine by Bike

Where to Ride 

Ocean Wind Power

May 28, 2013

  The latest on the big project spearheaded by the University of Maine to create a wind farm in the Gulf of Maine.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by

Habib Dagher, Professor of Civil/Structural Engineering at UMO; founding Director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center

and Peter Vigue, Cianbro Corp. Chairman and CEO

Deep C Wind Consortium

Gardening Tips

May 15, 2013

  Spring is here and so is the planting season. Learn what to plant and how to get it to grow. The Northern New England Home, Garden, Flower Show is May 17 - 19.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by:

 Paul Parent, host of The Paul Parent Garden Club

Dr. Lois Stack 

The Northern New England Home Garden Flower Show


Apr 17, 2013

  The Elver harvest is in full swing. What is the latest on the Elver fishery in Maine?

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by:

Tim LaRochelle, Elver fisherman from Woolwich

Linda Mercer, Maine Department of Marine Resources, Director, Bureau of Marine and Searun Science

Alan Talbot, the Deputy Chief of the Marine Patrol


Mar 21, 2013

  Discussion of the demand for and usage of seaweed and sea vegetables in Maine along with a reaction to the hearing for bill LD 585, concerning regulation of commercial rockweed harvesting on coastal Maine.

 Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Robin Hadlock Seeley, PhD - Senior Research Associate, Cornell University and Shoals Marine Laboratory

Sean Mahoney, Executive Vice President and Director, Conservation Law Foundation Maine

Andrew Bertocci - Founding President of the Maine Seaweed Council

Maine Woods

Mar 20, 2013

  What were Maine's woods like a decade, a century and a millennium ago? What threats do our forested lands face today and how can we protect them? The past, present and future of our forests.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Dr. Andrew Barton, Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, University of Maine at Farmington 

Charles Cogbill, historical ecologist in Vermont

Citizen Science

Feb 5, 2013

  Take a look at a growing movement to get regular folks involved with scientific research and data collection such as participating in bird counts, monitoring water quality of lakes and streams or counting stars.

 Host Irwin Gratz was joined by:

Scott Williams, Executive Director,Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program

Jessica Leahy, Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Susan Gallo, Wildlife biologist with Maine Audubon

Antartic Life

Jan 23, 2013

  Life in the Antarctic and the surprising number of Mainers who have a connection to the remote continent.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Jason Anthony, author of Hoosh

Paul Mayewski, professor and author of Journey Into Climate

Jeff Inglis, Managing Editor, Portland Phoenix and former editor of the Antarctic Sun, the newspaper of the United States Antarctic Program.

Images from the Antarctic by Albedo images

  Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences hosted an address at the Strand Theater. Graham Shimmield, executive director of Bigelow Laboratory, and Colin Woodward, a journalist and author based in Maine discussed the health of our oceans and their effect on our lives.

This talk was part of the Bigelow Café Scientifique series, ongoing series of public gatherings where anyone can join in a conversation about the latest ideas and issues in ocean science and technology. 


Dec 4, 2012

  What is sustainability? It's a term we hear more and more, but many of us know little about what it really means.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by: 

Martin Grohman, Director of Sustainability at GAF

Melissa Walsh-Innes, Outreach director for Recycling Reinvented

Andrew Whitman - Director, Natural Capital Initiative at Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

  The Senator George J. Mitchell Center at the University of Maine at Orono recently hosted the 2012 Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability. The keynote speaker was Dr. Pamela Matson, Dean of Earth Sciences at Stanford University and former MacArthur Fellow.

  Michael Klare's talk was entitled "The Race for What's Left:The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources", about the search for new deposits of vital raw materials

  More and more women in Maine are looking to the outdoors for fun and recreation.  There is a rise in interest in hunting, fishing and other sporting activities once dominated by men, among women.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Robin Follette, Her blog, Robin’s Outdoors, appears in The Bangor Daily News.  She writes her column, The Maine Thing, for Lancaster Farming newspaper. She also publishes Maine Nature News.  Instructor at Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs, Board member at Becoming an Outdoors Woman