Environment and Outdoors

Environmental news

  What are the potential effects of climate change on big game and other wildlife. A just released report details the effects of a warming world on big game wildlife.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Dr. Doug Inkley, a certified wildlife biologist with expertise in ecology and wildlife management, and is the National Wildlife Federation's Senior Scientist. 

Eric Orff, Sportsman and New Hampshire Outreach Consultant for National Wildlife Federation, and owner of Conservation Matters since 2007. 

  What's up with the weather? Three long-time weather forecasters will discuss the challenges of predicting what tomorrow's weather will bring.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Max Riseman, freelance meteorologist 

John Jensenius, meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine 

Roger Griswold, meteorologist, Channel 8

  Humankind's obsession with living near the ocean. The good, the bad and the sandy.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

John Gillis: author of "Islands of the Mind"; "A World of Their Own Making: Myth Ritual, and the Quest for Family Values"; and "Commemorations". A professor of history emeritus at Rutgers University, he now divides his time between two coasts: Northern California and Maine.


Aug 21, 2013

  All things blueberries - from their nutritional value to farming them.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Susan Davis MS, RD, Nutrition Advisor, Wild Blueberry Association of North America 

David Bell, Executive Director, Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine 

Greg Bridges, a wild blueberry farmer

  What happens when the suburbs encroach on wildlife? Cars hitting deer and a whole lot more.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Jim Sterba, has been a foreign correspondent, war correspondent and national correspondent for more than four decades, first for The New York Times and then for The Wall Street Journal

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