The latest issue of Portland-based Maine. The Magazine has cited The Naturalist's Notebook in a feature on what to do if you have 48 hours to spend visiting Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island. We're thrilled to be included in such a beautiful and well-done magazine. Thank you, Maine.
We are mapping out our fall schedule for the Notebook. Our top priority is to speed up Pamelia's recovery from her bad case of frozen-shoulder syndrome, which has plagued her since last winter. You may not see her at the Notebook very much between now and mid-October, and we may even need to temporarily close the shop in order to take a trip to seek additional medical help. We'll also be traveling to do a magazine story on bird migration out West, but that probably won't happen until late October.
One event to put on your calendar if you're in the Seal Harbor area is botanist Arthur Haines's appearance at the Notebook on the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 9, from 2 to 4. Arthur, an expert on plants and primitive skills, will demonstrate cordage making and friction fire-making and show and explain objects he has made using primitive methods. You would be amazed at the arrow he created.
Arthur will answer all questions you have about plants, primitive skills and Anaskimin, the valuable new plant-focused nonprofit he has helped found. That evening at 7 at the Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary in Someville, he will give a follow-up talk on the value of wild plants and how knowledge of them is important for promoting land conservation.
An update for those of you following the progress of the Super Honey Bowl tasting competition between the Notebook's 2010 champion, Maine wild raspberry honey, and the 2009 winner, Washington State fireweed: As of this morning—in yet another shocker in this season of honey upsets at the Notebook—Maine raspberry has jumped ahead in votes 34 to 15. Our last jar of Maine raspberry is almost gone, so Washington fireweed doesn't have much time left to rally.