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    • January-March 2011 Volume 27, Number 3H A B I TAT News, events, and activities from Maine AudubonWindpower Choices By Douglas RooksW ind energy has become a major new industry in Maine over the pastfive years, with turbines spinningin a growing number of regions clean air, Maine’s working landscapes should have plenty of room for wind power and wildlife to coexist in a more sustainable energy future. On a recent tour of the Stetson On Kibby Mountain near the Canadian border in western Maine, things look different. TransCanada, a major energy conglomerate based in Alberta, has built Maine’s largestand counties. Public awareness has Mountain wind farm built by First wind farm on sites exceeding 3,000also increased dramatically, and Wind, a relatively new company with feet in elevation. Maine Audubon andwindpower was a significant issue offices in Massachusetts and Port- other conservation groups supportedin recent political campaigns for the land, Vice President for Develop- the first phase of development, 44governor and the Legislature. ment Matt Kearns pointed out some towers on several adjacent ridges. Ever since the Board of Direc- of the operating features that have But TransCanada is also propos-tors adopted a wind power policy in made wind perhaps the Northeast’s ing an expansion onto the higher ele-2005, Maine Audubon’s position has fastest growing source of renewable vations of Sisk Mountain nearby. Ofremained consistent. It is strongly power. Several Audubon staff and the proposed 15 towers, Audubonsupportive of appropriately-sited re- board members attended. opposed seven that would encroachnewable energy, including windpow- Stetson was built in two phases, on sensitive habitats on the southern-er, as a step toward combating global in 2008 and 2009, and is located amid most part of the site.climate change and avoiding the del- the low ridges that dominate this The area of concern is homeeterious effects of fossil fuel mining Penobscot and western Washington to Bicknell’s thrush, a rare bird thatand combustion. County landscape, none much more breeds only in alpine areas and whose “We favor conservation above than 1,000 feet above sea level. Its numbers have been declining sharply.all other techniques,” says executive predominant hardwood timber has “This is rare subalpine terrain thatdirector Ted Koffman, “but we also been cut over repeatedly during the has never been logged or disturbed,”recognize that we have to replace our past two centuries, and the site con- said Audubon’s staff biologist Susandirty, fossil-fueled energy status quo tains no rare species or unusual habi- Gallo. The organization pressed forwith lower-impact alternatives.” tat. The migratory bird studies First a scaled-back project that would But the organization also in- Wind continues to conduct have still increase renewable energysists that wind power sites should shown minimal impact, Kearns said. production, but avoid the mountain’sbe limited to locations that won’t Maine Audubon Executive Direc- sensitive habitats. A scaled-back,harm Maine’s most vulnerable wild- tor Ted Koffman summed it up: “It’s 11-turbine proposal seems likely tolife species and habitats. On several part of Maine’s legacy that we rely gain approval in January, but even inoccasions, Maine Audubon’s staff on our local natural resources. For this compromise, Maine Audubonbiologists have spoken out to revise generations, this has been a working believes that three of the proposedor protest proposals that might have landscape, where forestry and wildlife turbines unduly encroach on sensitiveharmed sensitive habitats. have been able to coexist. These wind habitats. Fortunately for rare birds and turbines are just the next chapter.” Continued page 8
    • Maine Audubon 2010 CORPORATE PARTNERSMaine Audubon works to protect Maine’s wildlife andwildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education,conservation, and action. Thank you!Habitat, in print and online Maine Audubon thanks the following businesses who are makingChristian MilNeil, EditorLaura Duffy, Layout Editor conservation a top priority in Maine. These leaders support MaineE-mail: habitat@maineaudubon.org Audubon’s dynamic environmental education programs and science-Staff Directors based approach to conserving Maine’s natural resources.Ted Koffman, Executive DirectorSue Cilley, Business Administration DirectorRobert Savage, Property Management DirectorSally Stockwell, Conservation DirectorKara Wooldrik, Education DirectorOfficers, Maine Audubon Board of TrusteesAlexander K. (Sandy) Buck, Jr., PresidentCharles (Kip) Moore, Vice President Adam LeeJeff Skaggs, Treasurer President, Lee Auto Malls Ted KoffmanFrancesca Galluccio-Steele, Secretary Founding Chair, Maine AudubonFull list of trustees and staff at www.maineaudubon.org. Corporate Partners Executive DirectorMaine Audubon Headquarters20 Gilsland Farm Rd., Falmouth, ME 04105 Eagle ($10,000+) Loon ($500+)Phone: (207) 781-2330 GridSolar, LLC* Baker Newman Noyes, LLCVisitor Centers and Wildlife Sanctuaries L.L. Bean Bath Savings InstitutionUnless a separate number is listed, call (207) 781-2330 for Maine Turnpike Authority* Business Equipment Unlimitedinformation, or visit www.maineaudubon.org for descriptions Stonyfield Farm, Inc. Cashman Communicationsand directions. Falcon ($5,000+) CPRC Group Constellation Energy Deighan Associates, Inc.Year-round Programs: First Wind Federle MahoneyFalmouth: Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, (207) 781-2330 IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.* Flatbread CompanyHolden: Fields Pond Audubon Center, (207) 989-2591 Poland Spring Water Giroux Energy Solutions, Inc.Summer-Fall Programs (in-season phone numbers): Project Management, Inc.* Gorham Savings BankElliotsville: Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, Reed & Reed, Inc. Green Clean Maine (207) 631-4050 Osprey ($2,500+) H.M. Payson & Co.Freeport: Mast Landing Audubon Sanctuary Bangor Daily News Norway Savings BankRockland: Project Puffin Visitor Center, (207) 596-5566 Central Maine Power Company Oakhurst DairyScarborough: Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, Hannaford Bros. Co. People’s United Bank (207) 883-5100 Little Diamond Island Enterprises* Piper ShoresLocal Maine Audubon Chapters Maine Today Media ReVision Energywww.maineaudubon.org/chapters (Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Cardinal ($250+)Downeast: (207) 664-4400; deaudubon@verizon.net Telegram) Albin, Randall & Bennett, CPAsFundy: (207) 255-8970; thomas.finlay@gmail.com Sun Media Group Burgess Advertising and MarketingMerrymeeting: (207) 729-8661; merrymeeting@maineaudubon.org (Sun Journal and The Forecaster) Coastal Naturopathic Center andMidcoast: (207) 641-1077; sschubel12@tidewater.net Owl ($1,000+) Community AcupuncturePenobscot Valley: (207) 989-259; duchesne@midmaine.com Angela Adams Design CVC Catering GroupWestern Maine: (207) 778-6285; bknapp@beeline-online.net Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker FM Beck, Inc./Maine EnvironmentalYork County: (207) 799-1408; mijord@maine.rr.com Brann & Isaacson Laboratory Casco Bay Frames and Gallery Group Dynamic, Inc. Maine Audubon is an independently funded Chiropractic Family Wellness Center Haley’s Tire and Service Center and operated affiliate of National Audubon Cianbro Corporation Havana South Society, Inc. Diversified Communications Independence BioFuelHabitat, the journal of Maine Audubon, ISSN 0739-2052, The Home Depot Key Bankis published quarterly. Lee Auto Malls* Liberty Graphics MPX Maine Chapter of National KitchenTo receive Habitat, join Maine Audubon! Odyssey Whale Watch & Nature Cruises and Bath AssociationSupport conservation, and receive membership The RAM Companies* Osteopathic Healthcare of Mainediscounts and timely insider information about Sargent Corporation Port City GraphicsMaine’s wildlife and nature-based activities Spinnaker Trust Saco & Biddeford Savings Institutionat maineaudubon.org/give or call (207) 781-2330, Stonyfield Café Sweetser’s Apple Barrel & Orchards, LLCext. 230. Walden Asset Management Welch Signage & Digital Graphics Woodin & Company Store Fixtures, Inc. To learn how your business can join Maine Audubon Corporate Partners,www.facebook.com/maineaudubon please visit maineaudubon.org/corporatepartners or call (207) 781-2330, ext. 230.Cover: Wind Turbines on Mars Hill Current members as of 12/15/2010Photo by Michael Surran *Gifts matched by Conservation Challenge2 JANUARY-MARCH 2011 WWW.MAINEAUDUBON.ORG
    • Stonyfield Farm “CE-Yo” GARY HIRSHBERG O n October 20, Maine Audubon welcomed its Corporate Partners to Gilsland Farm in an evening recognition event that featured a presentation from Gary Hirshberg, President and “CE-Yo” of Stonyfield Farm. Hirshberg, who has close ties to Maine, opened his speech by telling the audience the story of how he had interviewed to lead Maine Audubon in the early 1980s, when the organization had been searching for a new executive Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield Farm President director. When that opportunity and “CE-Yo” speaking at Maine Audubon went to someone else, Hirshberg went to New Hampshire to help a instead of by truck, and establishing small dairy farm get started - and cost-cutting sustainable agricultural the rest is history. practices at supplier farms. Stonyfield Farm has enjoyed Hirshberg’s stories clearly double-digit compounded annual resonated with the other Corporate IT’S NOT TOO LATE! growth for nearly two decades to Partners who attended. “Gary’s 2010-11 ANNUAL FUND become the world’s leading organic a true champion for taking yogurt producer. Hirshberg stressed sustainability to the next level,”There’s still time to make a gift to that his company’s success would said Ann Armstrong of GorhamMaine Audubon’s Annual Fund. not have been possible without a Savings Bank. strong commitment to sustainable “What an incredibleAnnual Fund gifts provide essential business practices. opportunity it was to share ansupport for our education and con- He argued that Stonyfield evening with one of the pioneersservation work. Farm’s aggressive efforts to reduce of sustainable business,” agreedGive online at maineaudubon.org, energy use and climate impacts Joe Walsh of Green Clean Maine.or call (207) 781-2330, ext. 230. have been integral to its success, “The Corporate Partners programYour increased gift may qualify for matching funds from by instilling a working culture of is truly a partnership—our businessthe Elmina B. Sewall Foundation—call for details! efficiency and stewardship. “You do supports an organization whose the right thing ecologically, and you work we value deeply, and in return make more money,” he said. we receive generous recognition and Hirshberg offered the example are welcomed into a community of of the high-tech water treatment environmental stewards unlike any plant Stonyfield installed at its other in Maine.” factory. Although the up-front costs Maine Audubon also took the were higher than the conventional opportunity to recognize and thank alternative, its super-efficient the 67 businesses that joined the operation generates 90% less waste Corporate Partners in 2010. Special that needs to be hauled away, and thanks and recognition went to uses 40% less energy. Adam Lee of Lee Auto Malls, for Other cost-cutting green his prominent role in founding the initiatives include shipping yogurt Corporate Partners program. to Midwestern markets by train JANUARY-MARCH 2011 WWW.MAINEAUDUBON.ORG 3
    • Conservation Updates Loon Count Broadens Its Focus in 2010 The 27th annual Maine Audubon Loon Count was on July 17, when over 900 volunteers took to Maine’s lakes and ponds to count adult loons and their chicks. While the Loon Count gives a half-hour snapshot of Maine’s loon population, Maine Audubon and about a hundred of its longtime volunteer counters undertook a more detailed study of loons this past summer, in an effort to determine whether nesting loons can successfully sustain Loon Photo Contest 2010 their population from year to year. For the second year in a row, Maine Audubon collected Other studies in remote regions of Maine have entries for a Loon Count Photo Contest. Our judges had uncovered surprisingly low levels of reproductive success, an enjoyable challenge choosing the winners, which are raising questions about the sustainability of local loon shared on this page. populations. Early in 2010, Maine Audubon wildlife First place (above): “Spreading His Wings” biologist Susan Gallo recruited longtime Loon Count by Gail Smith of Etna, Maine. volunteers to undertake a summer-long study of loons in Photo taken on Otter Pond in Pierce Pond Township the state’s more developed regions, in southern and central on June 18, 2010. Maine. Following training workshops in three different communities this spring, these volunteers identified loon nesting territories at more than 50 lakes, then monitored whether or not loons nested, whether eggs hatched, and whether their chicks survived to the crucial age of six weeks, when loons can become self-sufficient. This close monitoring required committed volunteers who could visit nesting sites at least every other week over the course of the entire summer. An initial look at the data suggests that loons in the more populated part of the state may fare as poorly as their northern Maine counterparts. Despite steady growth in the loon population over the last 25 years, as estimated by Second place: “Stretching” Maine Audubon’s annual loon count, a preliminary analysis by Larry Warfield of Burlington, Massachusetts. of this summer’s research shows that each territorial Photo taken on Buganut Lake in Alfred. pair in this study produced an average of 0.46 chicks - a surprisingly low number. Gallo hopes to repeat the study next year, in order to gain more certainty in her results and address some unanswered questions. Notwithstanding those troubling findings, the preliminary data from the 2010 Maine Audubon Loon Count looks promising for Maine’s overall loon population —unlike past years, when wet weather flooded nests, this summer was relatively warm and dry, and more conducive to successful breeding. Look for the official 2010 results later this winter, both in the next edition of Habitat and online at www.maineaudubon.org. Maine Audubon’s loon research relies on volunteers like you. If you would like to help, email: sgallo@maineaudubon.org Third place: “Smooth as Silk” by Peter Agnes of Wayland, Massachusetts. Photo taken on Long Pond in Belgrade Lakes.4 JANUARY-MARCH 2011 WWW.MAINEAUDUBON.ORG
    • Invasives at Gilsland Farm Legislative Preview By Jenn Burns Gray If you haven’t been to Gilsland Farm for a while, you As Maine Audubon prepares for the 125th Legislativemight notice some substantial changes in the landscape on session, we are looking at a vastly changed landscape. Asyour next visit. Under the leadership of Bob Bittenbender, Maine’s Republicans take control of the Legislature and theassistant property manager, Maine Audubon is undertaking Blaine House, there are many new people to meet. We looka five-year project to eradicate invasive plants from the forward to reconnecting with old friends and making newsanctuary’s meadows and forests. ones. In some areas, the changes have been dramatic. Some We can draw a number of conclusions from this fall’svisitors have been disappointed to see large Norway election, but one fact is especially clear—Mainers supportmaples being removed, but Bittenbender points out that protections for wood, water and wildlife. Voters stronglythese fast-growing trees aren’t as benign as they look: approved of the Land for Maine’sthrough a process called alleopathy, their roots actually Future bond, which receivedleach naturally-occurring toxins that prevent other seeds 327,947 votes (59%) statewide—from germinating nearby. far more than any gubernatorial That’s the kind of competitive evolutionary strategy candidate.that makes invasive plants a bit too successful—especially Conservation is not a partisanwhen they are transplanted across oceans to places, like issue, and Maine Audubon is trulyMaine, where native species haven’t evolved their own ways a bipartisan organization. Whento cope with them. “Lots of Maine insects, birds, and other you get down to it, Mainers of bothwildlife have adapted to a pretty specific range of plants. parties want to have clean water to The State House, Augusta, MaineExotic species don’t provide much nutritional or habitat drink and recreate in. We want tovalue for our wildlife, and they also crowd out the plants conserve our favorite places to hunt and hike. We wantthat our wildlife do need,” explains Bittenbender. to see wildlife when we’re fishing or kayaking, or to hear the loons call when we’re nestled in our camp in the early Bob Bittenbender, the assistant property manager for morning. Mainers of all political inclinations can agree that Maine Audubon works to eliminate these nonnative these values are worth protecting. species at Gilsland Farm: Part of our job this winter, as always, will be to ensure that new ideas from the State House do not undermine Norway maple our basic protections for Maine’s woods, waterways, and Bush honeysuckle(s) wildlife. Japanese barberry That said, Maine Audubon is always open to new Glossy buckthorn ideas and considering different points of view and Garlic mustard alternative approaches. There will be opportunities to work Oriental bittersweet collaboratively on a positive agenda. Purple loosestrife Maine Audubon will be supporting legislation to Japanese knotweed continue to fund the Land for Maine’s Future program, Autumn olive an award-winning program that has enhanced the state’s Multiflora rose long-term economic health by conserving key assets like commercial farms, forests, waterfronts, and recreation sites —more than 500,000 acres’ worth—across Maine. Bittenbender, an expert horticulturist, has also been We’ll also be advocating, together with the Sportsman’sspending his own volunteer time working on this issue. As Alliance of Maine and The Nature Conservancy, in supporta board member of the Oceanside Conservation Trust, he of funding for the Department of Inland Fisheries andhas delivered several workshops—including a Naturalist Wildlife (DIFW). The Department’s existing fundingForum presentation at Gilsland Farm—to educate people structure has left it chronically underfunded and short-on the identification and removal of invasive species. changes efforts to protect the state’s fish and wildlife. This is the second growing season that Maine Audubon DIFW’s great work for the people and wildlife ofand its volunteers have been removing invasive plants, and Maine translates into significant economic benefits. A 2004Bittenbender says that he’s already seeing progress. “It’s report said that “DIFW is a virtual mother lode for thegoing to take several years, but native plants that don’t have state economically speaking” and highlighted a 2001 surveyto compete against these invasives are starting to stand that shows Maine’s wildlife economic contribution is fifthup on their own.” If enough donations can be secured, in the nation in terms of the state’s gross state product.Bittenbender would also like to begin proactively planting Both of these initiatives are excellent examples ofnative trees and shrubs in the areas where nonnatives have how good conservation stewardship translates into healthybeen removed. economic benefit. We can have both. JANUARY-MARCH 2011 WWW.MAINEAUDUBON.ORG 5
    • Maine Audubits Odette Galli Matt Dubel Kelly Towle Carolyn Findeisen Maine Audubon welcomes new staff Odette Galli Matt Dubel Kelly Towle and Carolyn Findeisen Odette joined Maine Audubon as Matt is the new Director of Fields Kelly and Carolyn are new additions our new Director of Advancement Pond Audubon Center. A former to Maine Audubon’s education team this fall, fulfilling a long-standing classroom teacher with wide-ranging at Gilsland Farm. Before coming desire to dedicate her career to experience teaching students to work for Audubon, Kelly spent conserving Maine’s natural beauty. from pre-school through graduate four years teaching 8th grade science Odette moved to Portland from school, Matt was instrumental in in New Hampshire and Maine, New York in early 2009 to join the development of the nation’s where she used the environment as the National Wildlife Federation, first Sustainability Academy, a an integrating context for science after learning the art of fundraising public magnet school with a education. She is also a board at Vassar College. Odette’s first sustainability theme in Burlington, member of Ferry Beach Ecology career was in finance, and she has Vermont. Matt also writes about School in Saco. Carolyn, a native of experience as an analyst, portfolio sustainability and place-based Fryeburg, also brings years’ worth of manager, and as a writer for financial education and leads professional experience in outdoor education, and magazines. She now lives with her development workshops across particularly enjoys working with local three dogs near Falmouth Town the country. Matt and his wife, students through Maine Audubon’s Landing, and gets away to her cabin Jennifer, live in Bangor, and recently school collaboration programs. She on Mount Desert Island whenever welcomed their first child, Hunter. is currently pursuing a Master’s in she can. Education from Prescott College.6 JANUARY-MARCH 2011 WWW.MAINEAUDUBON.ORG
    • Winter Live Raptors at Activities Find additional activity listings, and detailed Gilsland Farm! descriptions, online at habitat.maineaudubon.org. Prices listed for Maine Audubon members/nonmembers. * Indicates that advanced registration is necessary. Call (207) 781-2330 to register for field trips and Gilsland Farm activities, or (207) 989-2591 for Fields Pond activities. Winter Field Trips Vacation Camp at *Eagles, Gulls, and Goldeneye from Augusta. Saturday, January 8, Maine Audubon! $25/$40 ($10 van trip from Falmouth) Peregrine falcon, photo by Jeff Schmoyer * Live Raptors from *Wings of Winter: Greater Portland Wind Over Wings* February Vacation Camp Saturday, January 22, $25/$40 at Fields Pond Audubon See impressive predatory birds, Center including a golden eagle, peregrine *Nature in Your Neighborhood: falcon, and others live and in person. All days include stories, games, Mill Cove and Bug Light and hands-on explorations of the Friday, February 25, 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 25, $10/$15 natural world. Join us for one day $10/$15 ($5 discount for children) or all four! *Southern Coast Birding February 22-25, $45/$55 per day Saturday, February 19, $55/$70 Valentine’s Day* February Vacation *Nature in Your Neighborhood: Jewelry and Chocolate Show Camp at Gilsland Farm River Point in Falmouth Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, Audubon Center Tuesday, February 22, $10/$15 February 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free Kids uncover the secrets of *Full Moon Sculpture Tour how Maine’s wildlife spends the *Winter Ecology at Claybrook Thursday February 17, 5:30 p.m. Free winter, hunting for tracks and Lodge March 11-13, $295/$335 traces in the snow, and meeting *Woodcock Watch live animals. *Owl Prowl: Greater Portland Thursday, March 31, 6:30-8 p.m. $10/$15 February 22-25, $55/$70 per day Saturday, March 26, $35/$50 At Fields Pond Audubon* *Nature in Your Neighborhood: Center, Holden April Vacation Camp in Casco Bay Cruise Thursday Yoga Falmouth and Holden Tuesday, March 29, $25/$35 Thursdays, 2-3 p.m. Detailed program information January 6-March 31, $5/class and prices will be published on *Plum Island Van Trip maineaudubon.org in January. *Yoga and Nature Adventure for Saturday, April 9, $55/$70 April 18-22 Families* At Gilsland Farm Audubon Saturday, January 15, 1-2 p.m. $10/family Look What I Found at Center, Falmouth *Winter Bird Photography Work Gilsland Farm Weekly Birdwalks shop with Andy Anderson Full-day drop-off adventures Thursdays January-February, 8 a.m. Saturday, February 12, 1-3:30 p.m. for kids aged 3-5, during school March-April, 7 a.m. $5/$8 10/$15 vacation weeks. February 24 and April 20, $25/$38 *Winter Yoga *Nature Journaling Workshop Mondays, January 3-March 28 Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 5:30-7 p.m. $110/$132, or $15/class $15/$20 Nature learning that’s Naturalists’ Forum *Wild Poetry: a writing workshop for wicked fun! adults and kids ages 8 and up Wednesdays, January 26, February 23, and March 30, 7 p.m. Free Saturday, March 12, 1-3 p.m. $5Our summer day camp pro-grams return in 2011 with Nature Poetry Reading with *Gull Identification Workshopseveral one- and two-week Thursday, January 27, 7 p.m. $15/$25 Christina Dieboldsessions in Falmouth and Tuesday, March 15, 7 p.m. FreeHolden. Call for details or *The Winter Sky Doing Wind Right: A Forumvisit maineaudubon.org. Thursday, February 3, 6 p.m. $5/$10 Thursday, March 31, 7-8:30 p.m. Free JANUARY-MARCH 2011 WWW.MAINEAUDUBON.ORG 7
    • Continued from page 1 Luckily, there are many more in addition to several more in south- thanks in large part to hundreds ofsites like Stetson where clean energy ern New England. Their smokestacks new wind turbines that have beenprojects can fit in well with Maine’s send a toxic brew of emissions—in- come online in the past five years.traditional working landscapes. First cluding acid-rain-causing sulphates, While floating offshore windWind alone is studying a dozen pos- greenhouse gases, and mercury— towers may someday have a part insible locations for new wind farms. downwind into Maine. the nation’s energy mix, land-basedOther developers are also seeking These pollutants also have mea- turbines are the primary focus now.permits, making a state goal of 2,000 surable impacts on Maine’s alpine “Maine Audubon aims to play a con-megawatts of windpower by 2015 habitats. As it happens, the Bicknell’s structive role in supporting projectspotentially achievable. That’s the thrush is one of the species recently that are well-sited,” Koffman said.equivalent of nearly three Maine Yan- tested for mercury, a well-known neu- But looking beyond individualkee nuclear power plants. rotoxin by Maine’s Biodiversity Re- projects, “it’s critical that Maine seize “We’d like to be able to avoid site- search Institute—and the tests were its opportunities to lead the transitionby-site reviews of each wind power positive. in how we produce electricity,” saysproject,” said Maine Audubon staff “We’re not sure yet how that hap- Koffman. “We understand the con-biologist Susan Gallo. “We’d like to pens,” said Gallo. “The species we’ve cerns about visual and noise impactsbe able to look more at the big pic- studied the longest, such as loons, on humans, and we believe those canture.” bioaccumulate mercury from the fish be managed appropriately. But it’s the Part of that big picture is the they eat. That’s not the case with al- overall effect on the environment,impact of our existing energy sup- pine birds.” Fortunately, other both locally and globally, that’s ourply, and particularly of coal-burning states and nations have already dem- primary concern.”power plants, one of the biggest con- onstrated that wind power, combinedtributors to air pollution and global with other cleaner sources of energy,warming. can replace coal power. The Canadian Douglas Rooks is a freelance writer and a Maine’s power lines are plugged province of Ontario, for instance, re- longtime contributor to Habitat.into two coal-burning plants just cently announced that the last of itsacross the border in New Hampshire, coal plants would shut down by 2014, Chapter In 2011, Maine Audubon’s Habitat newsletter will begin featuring news and updates from its regional chapter organizations. If your local Updates chapter has news to share with Maine Audubon’s members across the rest of the state, please send it to habitat@maineaudubon.org. Eastern bluebird, photo by Leslie ClappA Successful Nesting SeasonBy Leslie Clapp, Downeast Chapter PresidentC ompared to last year, this summer proved to be a much better nesting season for birds in our area. It was warm, sunny and dry with no extended cold,spells and there were plenty of insect to feed babies. Over the last two years, Downeast Audubon has placed people to help monitor them during the nesting season. If you are interested, please call (207) 664-4400. FSC logo45 nesting boxes on seven different properties throughout Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postagethe area—the beginnings of a Bluebird Trail stretching PAIDfrom Deer Isle to Franklin. This nesting season, these 20 Gilsland Farm Road Portland, ME Permit No. 92 boxes attracted a grand total of 20 Falmouth, ME 04105 tree swallows, 7 eastern bluebirds, and 3 other species. We intend to put more boxes up next spring and welcome suggestions as to where to place them. We would like to keep the locations on public land or lands held by trusts, and definitely need Tree swallow, photo by Leslie Clapp