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Becoming and Outdoor Woman (BOW)- Winter Skills Weekend

This year’s winter weekend workshop is February 20-22, 2015 at the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp & Learning Center. Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is sponsored by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. It offers programs aimed primarily at women 18 years and older who are interested in learning or improving their skills in hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation in a safe and comfortable environment. Class sessions include winter survival, snowshoeing, ice fishing, archery, shotgun, cross country skiing, primitive skills, wild game cookery, map and compass, fly tying, and shooting basics. These workshops provide the opportunity to learn about the outdoors but to also provide a venue for women to learn more about themselves. To learn more about BOW, the weekend workshop, or to register, visit BOW’s website or contact Brittany Humphrey.

“Wilderness Matters” Newsletter Electronically

Did you know you can receive the Maine Chapter newsletter Wilderness Matters electronically? You can elect to forgo a paper copy entirely and only receive an electronic copy sent to your e-mail inbox for each issue. This preference is set through AMC’s Member Center. Or, did you misplace your paper copy, or would you simply like to view past issues? These are posted on the Maine Chapter website on the Newsletter page. However, in order to provide members with inside benefits, we will only post the current issue to the public one month after regular postal and electronic mail distribution. Electronic distribution saves the chapter valuable funds that we can repurpose for workshops, outings, and other chapter activities.

Presentation: Karen Herold – Hiking the Haute Route, Switzerland

Join us on Thursday November 20th in Brunswick as Karen Herold shares her pictures and tales of her experiences hiking the Haute Route in Switzerland! Karen Herold, her husband, and her sister hiked the Haute Route from Chamonix, France, to Zermatt, Switzerland, in July, 2013. Among many reasons to do this beautiful hike was the chance to reconnect with the Swiss geography and relatives Karen’s family knew growing up with their Swiss father. The route traverses below the summits of ten out of the twelve of the highest peaks in the Alps, and crosses several high passes. Come and hear Karen’s story, and see beautiful photos, about this beautiful place on earth! This event will be held at the Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine. Optional potluck at 6:00 PM, followed by the presentation at 7:00 PM. To join in on the potluck fun, please bring a food item to share, along with your own plate and utensils. The talk is free and open to the public. FMI contact: Lisa Pengel.

Winter Outings Workshop in Brunswick

Please join experienced winter leaders Peter Broderick and Laura Flight on Saturday December 13 for an introduction to clothing, gear, snow travel, and taking care of your self in the winter in outdoor settings. Learn to stay warm, dry and functional. There will be a morning indoor session, followed by a pot-luck lunch, and an optional outdoor session in the afternoon. This event is intended as an introduction course for experienced three-season hikers and a refresher for experienced winter adventurers. Although the focus of the workshop is on winter hiking, many of the topics will be an excellent “things-you-need-to-know-before-you-go” for anyone who will be spending time out-of-doors this winter. This workshop will be held at the Curtis Memorial Library at 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick. Please e-mail Laura Flight (207-215-5306) to register.

Presentation: An Evening with Dr. George Jacobson of the University of Maine Climate Change Institute

Countries are looking forward to Arctic shipping lanes being ice-free year round. But what are climate changes likely to bring to our own area of Maine? To find out, join us at the Fields Pond Audubon Center in Holden (outside of Bangor) on Wednesday November 12th for an Evening with Dr. George Jacobson of the University of Maine Climate Change Institute. Maine State Climatologist Dr. Jacobson will share his knowledge of climate change and its effects on our lives. “The big question we’re trying to answer in our work is how have forests and forest education patterns responded to climate change in the recent past and in the distant past under different climate regimes. Understanding the long term variability of the climate gives us the ability to understand the modern world.” Join AMC and Maine Audubon on Wednesday, November 12 at Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden, Maine. Optional potluck at 6:00 PM, (please bring a food item to share and a plate and utensils) followed by the presentation at 7:00 PM. Free and open to the public. FMI contact: Gerry Sawyer

Baxter State Park SAR Analysis

Search and Rescue (SAR) in Baxter State Park is a big investment in time and resources, as well as a risk to the rescuers. What causes most SARs? Who is most likely to need a SAR? For what? When? The Park has recently completed a comprehensive review of all Search and Rescue incidents filed over the past 22 years. The analysis of the data will help the Park to better communicate with visitors about the risks of wilderness travel and to prepare Park Rangers to better assist visitors in need. Check out the summary on their webpage.

Survey for the Moosehead Region

Have you ever been to the Moosehead Region? The Moosehead Region is embarking on a cooperative branding initiative to help the region’s local economy. AMC is participating in the effort by sitting on the branding team and providing guidance and feedback on the process and the product. Needless to say this will have an important impact on the future of the Maine Woods Initiative. If that includes you, take a few minutes to fill out this survey. It is important that AMC members and guests have their opinions heard in this initial phase. And please forward this to family and friends who have visited or have a connection to the region.

139th Annual Summit

It’s not too early to register for AMC’s Annual Meeting on Saturday January 24th, 2015! Whether you are a long time volunteer or are interested in becoming more involved as a volunteer in 2015, the Annual Summit will have something for you!

  • What: A fun day of exciting trainings, meaningful meetings, and fun conversations.
  • When: Saturday, January 24, 2015
  • Where: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Norwood, MA
  • Cost: $30- includes lunch, program materials, and our evening Celebration Reception of drinks and heavy hor d’oeuvres.
  • We have curated a great selection of useful and interesting courses this year, so whether you want to brush up on your splinting skills, see a historical AMC film, learn about conservation tactics, or trail tools, we will have a session that interests you. continue

    Hunting Season Awareness Tips

    The woods is a big place in Maine, and there are a variety of activities that people enjoy from hiking, to birding, to ATV riding, to plant foraging, to hunting. Sometimes these activities can cross into the same geographic area, and hunting is potentially one of them so here are a couple of items to keep in mind if you are out in the woods this fall. There are different seasons depending on the game sought such as birds, moose, bear, deer and more. So how should a non-hunter prepare for an outdoor outing? Know what game season it may be by checking the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife web page for more date and geographic location hunting information. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy also has a summary of hunting seasons by state for states along the AT. Non-hunters should also wear blaze orange (make sure any upper body garment is not covered by your backpack!) and be more aware near road crossings. Visit the ATC web page for more hunting awareness information.

    Fall Gathering is this Weekend in Maine

    See you on Damariscotta Lake in Jefferson this weekend for AMC’s Fall Gathering. This will also serve as the annual meeting for the Maine Chapter, so be sure to join the fun and vote on the direction of the chapter.

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