Tuesday, March 1, 2016

When Quoddy was REALLY wild ... with wolves!

When the airline from Calais to Bangor was first opened, this old article claimed wolves were a problem.

From: http://www.calaisalumni.org/

" When the "Airline Stage Company" finally opened a track from Bangor to Calais in the mid 1800's they were awarded the contract for mail delivery to Calais, a contract long held by the Shore Line stage company which came up the coast. This was a serious financial blow to the Shore Line because most passengers took the mail stage and switched to the Airline Route which was also 6 hours shorter. The Shore Line folks took the offensive with the attached ad which was printed in newspapers and posted in public places. They spread false stories of the "Airline" coach being regularily preyed upon by vicious packs of wolves. It didn't work as the Airline stage ran for many years over our beloved Airline even though the road became known as the "Wolf Route". - Al Churchill"

Sunday, February 21, 2016

QUODDY: Protect It or Lose It

Passamaquoddy Bay, Maine
Passamaquoddy Bay, Maine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
QUODDY: Protect It or Lose It

Passamaquoddy Bay is known to have the highest biodiversity along the Northeast Atlantic coast. Does it need protection from continued attempts to turn it into an industrial port?

Marine Protected Areas (MPA) are created to protect special areas in our oceans around the world. The Passamaquoddy Bay Area or Quoddy Region is located at the northern reaches of the Gulf of Maine and is shared by the USA and Canada and is it one of those places that needs protection. It is time to work together to protect this special place for future generations.
For decades, large polluting industries have been trying to turn Quoddy into a huge industrial port. So far their efforts have been largely unsuccessful. But these efforts continue and the industrial growth that has occurred has had clear and measurable environmental and economic impacts and the degradation continues.
In recent times, dozens of individuals and groups have attempted, largely unsuccessfully, to have the Quoddy Area protected in some way. Unfortunately, these efforts to protect the area have encountered serious local opposition based on a fear that "traditional" fishing will be impacted. Yet this is happening already because there is no protection at all and landings have continued to drop with huge losses of revenue. Pollution from industry, coastal sewage and aquaculture coupled with large-scale corporate fishing continues unabated and the impacts will continue unless the area has protection of some sort.
Fortunately, the new Government of Canada recently announced interest in exploring Quoddy as a Marine Protected Area (MPA). Join the movement and help us put in place measures that will protect the Quoddy Region for future generations while ensuring protection for existing traditional businesses and lifestyles.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Young bald eagle at Campobello, Joyce Morrell

This young eagle was intent on watching other eagles fishing and did not pay much attention to me.  It was dawn and the sun was touching the feathers.  Joyce

Thursday, August 6, 2015

TO DO: Guaranteed Shark and Whale sighting at Huntsman's Discovery Aquarium!

The newest additions to your Aquarium
Just in time for Shark and Whale Week!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

ADVENTURES, Birding: Birds of Coastal Maine - Vintage Field Card - Free Download