Portland Press Herald: Wildlife group is mapping out Maine’s roadkill hot spots. “A Maine Audubon online database will allow people who see roadkill to report it so the group can identify hotspots, said Sarah Haggerty, a conservation biologist and geographic information system manager for the wildlife conservation organization. The online database is part of a three-year program to identify where animals are getting hit the most and come up with a way to reduce the fatalities.”
University of Maine: Archive of Maine Campus newspaper now available online. “More than 5,000 issues of the University of Maine’s student-run newspaper, the Maine Campus, are now available online. Patrons can search the 130-year archive and download complete issues from anywhere in the world through Digital Commons at UMaine, an online repository managed by Raymond H. Fogler Library.”
TechSpot: Maine passes bill prohibiting ISPs from selling customer data without consent. “The state’s Senate voted unanimously to pass the bill, after the bill found similar favor in the state House. The bill, LD 946, requires ISPs to obtain consent before collecting, disclosing, selling or permitting access to customer information. LD 946 outlines exceptions where ISPs can use customer information without consent, such as honoring a court order or in case of emergency services.”
Seacoast Online: New website connects Maine students to charities. “Zoe Siegel and Parker Harnett, sophomores at Yarmouth High School, have published a new database-driven website entitled ‘How to Help in Maine.’ They founded their organization ‘How to Help in Maine’ in November of 2018 because they realized that they had a lot of friends who wanted to help out in their community but were having trouble knowing how to get started.” Limited at the moment, still growing.
Sun Journal: Social media posts about bird sightings may be harming Maine wildlife. “A Facebook group of Maine birders is asking its members to stop posting specific locations of rare species out of concern that the information is being used by hunters. The change to the private group’s policy stemmed from a post that alleged a hunter killed a king eider duck in Wells Harbor after he saw information about it on the group’s page. Although the Maine Birds Facebook group administrator who posted about the incident last month was not able to provide information to corroborate the allegation, the outrage it spurred from the group’s members speaks to a larger question about the ethics of using social media to seek out wildlife.”
Bangor Daily News: Calais man launches online resource for LGBTQ+ community. “For David Burke, growing up gay in Calais, Maine, meant never being able to be himself. To be gay decades ago in rural Maine was to endure hateful slurs. For Burke, a disabled U.S. Army veteran, that meant being isolated and uncomfortable.”
Bangor Daily News: This website helps you discover the perfect Maine bike route. “It’s a familiar conundrum for bicycling enthusiasts — the desire to explore new roads or trails on two wheels competing with the fear of encountering monster hills, heavy vehicular traffic or simply getting lost on unfamiliar routes. Now, thanks to a new website launched last week by The Bicycle Coalition of Maine, much of that guess work is eliminated.”