Environment

Earth Day 2013: How to get rid of e-waste

Earth Day 2013: How to get rid of e-waste

 

The Atwood family has a hard time getting rid of stuff. We still have our first computer — an iMac Plus. Yes, we are loyal Apple fans. We took our daughters to DC during April vacation back in the 90s and our computer was already on display in the Smithsonian. By then we’d moved up to a newer version. We still have them both. We also still have the computers we bought the girls when they were in high school — they’ve long since graduated from college. We have them all, mostly because we didn’t know what to do with them. We just put them away with all the other things we’ve accumulated over the years. (Did you notice that container of doll stuff under the computer? It’s full!) Out of sight, out of mind.

Let's Go Explore!

Let's Go Explore!

Join Ferry Beach Ecology School in Saco for a family hike to celebrate spring and April vacation!

This family friendly trek will begin at 3:00 rain or shine on Monday, April 15th. Ferry Beach Ecology School educators will offer beach and forest exploration featuring hands-on activities as participants stroll on the sand and among the trees.

This hike is geared for all ability levels and encourages the whole family to come along.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suggested donation - $5 per peron.

The hike will begin promptly at  3:00 from the Quillen Building, located at 21 Ferry Park Avenue off Route 9 in Saco.

Please contact Maureen at 207-283-9951 or maureen@fbes.org for more information.

This event is part of the national Let's G.O. (Get Outside) campaign and is made possible by donations from P & C Insurance in Saco and the Saco Valley Credit Union.

 

Reel Paddling Film Festival

Reel Paddling Film Festival

The Maine Island Trail Association & the Northern Forest Canoe Trail are bringing the Reel Paddling Film Festival to Portland on March 29th, 2013. This event will be held at Hannaford Hall on the USM campus at 7:00 pm, and will include the exclusive premier of a new short film celebrating the Maine Island Trail on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.

A silent auction to benefit the Maine Island Trail Association, showcasing high quality gear and original Maine art, will begin at 6:00 pm. A unique collection of auction items will be on hand, including a stand-up paddleboard, gift certificates to local restaurants, a variety of weekend getaways, sailing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting packages, selections from talented local artists, and much more.

The 113th Christmas Bird Count

The 113th Christmas Bird Count

The 113th Christmas Bird Count will take place from December 14, 2012 through January 5, 2013. Since the Christmas Bird Count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteer citizen scientists. We volunteers have replaced the hunters of old. We count birds and you’re invited to join us. In other words, it all starts with you! And you are invited to participate this year in the 113th Christmas Bird Counts (CBC). Two Christmas Bird Counts are held in York County ,the York County CBC on Monday the 17th and Biddeford/Kennebunkport CBC on Sunday the 30st.

Each count covers the area within a designated 15 mile diameter circle. Teams of birders search sections of the circle area tallying the total number of birds seen within the circle. The York County Count extends from Moody Beach to Fort Foster where last year we found 87 species.

"Maine Businesses for Sustainability" Fall Workshop

"Maine Businesses for Sustainability" Fall Workshop

Join Maine Businesses for Sustainability and a group of like-minded individuals to learn about and discuss the triple bottom line of business efficiency, social enterprise and environmental awareness.

Beware of Bears!

Beware of Bears!

We took a little camping trip to the White Mountain National Forest.  WONDERFUL trip... but the warnings about bears were everywhere!  Just a little bit scary!

I brought along Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods.  What a great read.  I laughed til I was crying, but I also lamented, along with Bryson, the fragility of our wilderness and the ways that American life have removed us so much from, well, nature.

And now I notice Appalachian Trail stuff everywhere - Bill Green's "Green Outdoors" story tonight is about the AT, and this past weekend the AT celebrated its 75th birthday!  So timely!  READ MORE