SF Gate: Old journals shed light on climate change. “n the 1940s and 1950s, the hunting guide L.S. Quackenbush lived in a cabin in remote Oxbow, Maine. He rented cabins to hunters, cut, stacked and split wood and used his daily walks to keep detailed notes on the spring arrivals of songbirds and the first appearances of flowers and tree leaves. His journals meticulously documenting the changing seasons grew and grew, eventually totaling more than 5,000 pages. Now they are filling gaps on how trees and migratory birds are responding to a changing climate in northern Maine, where historical data is sparse.”
University of Maine: James W. Sewall Co. donates approximately 1 million aerial images to Raymond H. Fogler Library. “Raymond H. Fogler Library at the University of Maine has received a donation of over 3,000 rolls of film containing about 1 million aerial images from the James W. Sewall Co. in Old Town, Maine. The collection contains original aerial photography of Maine and New England captured by Sewall over the span of 65 years. The archive will offer researchers and the public a vast collection that details changes to Maine’s landscapes and cities over the past century.”
Maine: National Archives awards $96K to Maine State Archives to digitize legislative journals. “The Maine State Archives recently received a grant from the National Archives’ National Historical Publications and Records Commission, which will fund the digitization of previously unpublished journals of the Maine Legislature.”
New-to-me, from Penobscot Bay Pilot: The hidden, neglected graves of Maine. “The website lists many resources, including The Maine Inscription Project, started by Roland Jordan, which has an online database of more than a million inscriptions on gravestones all over Maine. As a benefit of their $7 yearly subscription, these records are accessible to members [of the Maine Old Cemetery Association].”
Maine: Maine State Archives to launch virtual reality, PSAs for bicentennial. “The Maine State Archives will celebrate American Archives Month this October with the launch of two special projects in commemoration of Maine’s bicentennial of statehood: The Maine Bicentennial Moments Public Interest Advertising announcements series; and the Maine Virtual Reality Experience.” The VR experience will have more content added over time.
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.”