In the 1980s when the government repainted the tower at West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec, Maine, for some reason, they painted 12 stripes (6 red and 6 white), instead of the 15 stripes (8 red and 7 white) … Continue reading LIGHTHOUSES – Maine’s Famo/us Quoddy Lighthouse Being Painted … WRONG
What do you think??? Everyday trucks like this one roll into our municipalities across the northeast and remove the wealth that we as citizens have contributed that day. Wealth that we once owned and controlled by us now goes to … Continue reading ENERGY: EXPORTED WEALTH = EXPORTED POWER
Updated June 2022 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE FILES AT TEACHERS PAY TEACHERS CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE ART PRODUCTS AT FINE ART AMERICA Continue reading EXTINCTION: The Great Auk – Gone but not forgotten.
Back in 2008 I ran a community non-profit with a mandate to promote a sustainable environment and community. But every time I am called an “environmentalist” I cringe. In 2008 a local newspaper was reporting on a bunch of protestors … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Activists, Anarchists, Environmentalists and Whales
This article was written 20 years ago. During that time right whales have moved northward and the presence of Phalaropes has been “up and down” according to the few reports we have received. Is anyone aware of recent studies? ******************************************************** … Continue reading The Phalarope is Fundy’s “canary” … is it dead or dying.
CHECKOUT THIS RESOURCE FILE AT: https://payhip.com/b/v3Oy6 Continue reading THE DOVEKIE OR LITTLE AUK – RESOURCE FILES
Exploring the coast this summer?Don’t miss these fascinating little marine birds…living on a cliff near you!!Source: THE BLACK GUILLEMOT’S WORLD – RESOURCE FILES – Payhip Continue reading THE BLACK GUILLEMOT’S WORLD – RESOURCE FILES @ PayHip
NOVEMBER 17, 2015 Habib Dagher, director of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, in front of the VolturnUS prototype wind turbine deployed off the shores of Castine in 2014. BY JAMES MCCARTHY Monday’s announcement that a consortium led … Continue reading LOOKING BACK & FORWARD: University of Maine offshore wind project continues.
This article was first written in 2008. Today in 2022, the cost of fuel for the huge ships that bring our increasingly expensive essentials from far afield may indeed see us returning to local produce and coastal sail. What do … Continue reading OPINION – Short Sea Shipping! Did I Doze Off or What?
Art MacKay’s artwork. With over 50 years as a marine biologist and illustrator, these are just a few of Art’s illustrations for you to enjoy. Continue reading ART MACKAY: Some Great Gulf of Maine Creatures
Imagine, sailing ships and skyships plying the waters of the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine, moving goods back and forth along traditional trade routes that are centuries old. Imagine also that we design these ships to reduce impacts … Continue reading IDEAS: Sky Ships for Atlantica?
Art MacKay Norumbega, or Nurembega, is a legendary settlement in northeastern North America which appeared on many early maps from the 1500s until American colonization. The word “Norumbega” was originally spelled Oranbega in Giovanni da Verrazzano’s 1529 map of America, and the word is believed … Continue reading EXPLORE: Can you find the lost city of Norumbega … Is it somewhere in New England?
HEAD HARBOUR LIGHTHOUSE – A favorite image redone in a new style. 2022Available at Fine Art America Continue reading ART – HEAD HARBOUR LIGHTHOUSE – Campobello Island, NB 2022
Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture – From idea to Consolidation.Originally published in “The Atlantic Canada Great Ideas Exchange” at The Georgetown Conference. Today, the Atlantic salmon aquaculture industry stirs great emotion and opposition. But when originally conceived it was seen as a … Continue reading MORE ON AQUACULTURE – How it all began in the Bay of Fundy
Working on creating some art images from old B&W drawings. What do you think? This artwork is based on an original B&W image of a jellyfish that has been upgraded and now is ready to be downloaded, printed and framed. … Continue reading ART – JELLYFISH
These little guys are from out west. We have guillemots here too … one of my favorite birds in fact. Pigmots. That is what we call them. We the folks that have come to know them on a personal level. They … Continue reading LOOKING BACK – Pigeon Guillemots – Cousins from Out West 2016
VIEW & DOWNLOAD FREE @ MAGCLOUD Mysid Shrimp – Winter Food for Young Groundfish By Art MacKay in MARINE INVERTEBRATES 4 pages, published 12/12/2019 Mysids are tiny shrimp-like marine invertebrates that are distributed mainly in the coastal zone of the … Continue reading MARINE LIFE: This tiny shrimp-like Mysid is vital to overwintering groundfish
With dwindling numbers due to snags in lobster traps and collisions with ships, the right whale is looking for a way to make a comeback BY TOM CHENEY; PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICK HAWKINS SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | Oct. 29, 2018, 1:44 p.m. From 800 … Continue reading WHALES: The Plight of the Right Whale – Smithsonian Magazine
The following is an older story. However, the winter of 2021-22 is equally hard on these and related seabirds. They cannot take off from land, so be sure to contact your local animal rescue group for help. Editor EASTHAM– Wild … Continue reading CREATURES: Blown off-course, dovekies find helping hands
Only about 20 cm long this tiny little bird often confuses locals and visitors alike. Has anyone seen this fascinating little bird? Reports online indicate Dovekies (Little Auk) have been showning up on land along our coast … driven in … Continue reading BIRDS: Dovekies blown ashore will Die unless we help
Another old post from 2007 – Scientists listen to endangered whales By Russ Bynum, Associated SAVANNAH, Ga. — Beneath the ocean, microphones listen around the clock for the mooing calls of endangered North Atlantic right whales in an eavesdropping experiment … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Spying on animals is relatively inexpensive
Sailing the Gulf of Maine is a special adventure. We published this interesting blog post years ago. Still works today I think. For more exciting postings, visit Bruce and Bonnie’s Blog at: http://bbmarriott.blogspot.com/2008/02/bay-of-fundy.html ******************* Sunday, February 3, 2008BAY OF FUNDY … Continue reading EXPLORE: Sailing Atlantica with Bruce and Bonnie
Whales – The Whale Louse, Delilah and Her “Son” Calvin Imagine having these guys crawling over your head. Whale lice like this were on Delilah, a female right whale that was struck by a ship and ended up on … Continue reading WHALES -The Whale Louse, Delilah and Calvin – Imagine having these guys crawling over your head
By JUSTINE E. HAUSHEER JANUARY 21, 2019 Rappahannock Oyster Co in Topping, Virginia. Photo © Jason Houston Nets of diseased, lice-ridden salmon. Escapee fish polluting the gene pools of wild populations. Miles of mangroves bulldozed to build shrimp farms. Aquaculture … Continue reading ISSUES: Aquaculture Could Be Conservation’s Secret Weapon – Before you lose it … read it!
FROM – Sustainable Ancient Aquaculture – National Geographic Society (blogs) Lessons We Can Learn from Ancient Aquaculture Technology Use plant-based feeds instead of wild fish; Use integrated polyculture practices such as IMTA; Reduce nitrogen and chemical pollution through multi-trophic aquaculture; … Continue reading ISSUES: Lessons We Need to Learn from Ancient Aquaculture Technology
55 beautiful images from around the Bay of Fundy for your personal enjoyment and use. Review and purchase at: https://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/2146876?__r=252193 Your Donation will help us continue developing this site. Thanks Continue reading IMAGES: Around the Bay with Art MacKay
Indian Place Names From Around Passamaquoddy Bay From the blog at http://JohnWood1946.wordpress.com Albert S. Gatschet wrote an article entitled All Around the Bay of Passamaquoddy in 1897. It began with a short description of the Passamaquoddy area, but its main purpose was to present … Continue reading HISTORY: Indian Place Names Downeast
Not everyone knows what the bottom looks like … when it’s health or when it’s sick. Take a look at this video for a quick look at what persistent industrial and domestic pollution did to the international St. Croix River … Continue reading OCEAN POLLUTION: What it really looks like!
ISSUES_ Another Japanese tsunami and wishful thinking at Point Lepreau The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station is now up and running and this accident prone facility is still sitting on one of the most exposed points of land in the … Continue reading ISSUES – Another Japanese tsunami and wishful thinking at Point Lepreau
Fishing rights are one of the big prizes for the tiny Passamaquoddy First Nation in southern New Brunswick as it negotiates status recognition with the government of Canada. (Steve Bruce/CBC) Reporter Paul Withers Another Indigenous fishery is in the works … Continue reading ISSUES – N.B. PASSAMAQUODDY TRIBE – access to fishery has international implications
Working on creating digital artwork and printable publications for some east coast lighthouses, forts, special places, etc. Really like this one that is now up at Fine Art America. Check it out! Continue reading ART: West Quoddy Lighthouse, Lubec, Maine
A collection of seabird images from contributors to the blog “I Love Quoddy Wild” and public domain sources. Compiled by Art MacKay, December 2016 Can you identify these birds? No? Check Cornell Universities guide here. Continue reading SEABIRDS – 40 good reasons to protect our Atlantic coast!
Under the United National Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), we have established Zones of influence over our oceans. They are less than perfect, but there are legal mechanisms for settling disputes, although ultimately “power”, financial or … Continue reading IDEAS: Community Economic Zones – Let’s Do Business! Could this ever happen?
During the process of researching our coastal lighthouses, I ran across this publication. If you would like to experience things the way they were, then this is a really great read and source of information. Click to access anchor-to-windward.pdf https://archive.org/stream/anchortowindward006018mbp?ui=embed#mode/2up Continue reading EXPLORE: Sailing the Downeast coast in the 1930s
Most of us know that Killer Whales or Orcas are common in the Pacific. But did you know they occur along the Atlantic coast of the United States and Canada? While the East Coast population of Killer Whales is small … Continue reading WHALES: Killer Whales in the North Atlantic … Have you seen one yet?
Bitumen from Alberta is destined for export via tankers through the Gulf of Maine. Data shows that traffic from Saint John, NB will double. Along with proposed and existing offshore drilling for gas and oil, dumping of fracking and mine … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: More on the Tar Sands Pipeline – Canadian Bitumen from Alberta Threatens the Gulf of Maine
The following was written in 2015 when the government was introducing regulations for the operation of drones. How has that impacted the use of these devices in 2021? ************* It’s been many. many years ago now, but one of the … Continue reading ISSUES: Did FAA regulations unduly restrict important uses for small drones?
>GET A PRINTED COPY Click to access 5993b-health-of-st.-croix-estuary-final-3.pdf Continue reading ISSUES: The Environmental Health of the St. Croix Estuary 1604 – 2004
Where there is water, there were pirates. Has it really changed? Continue reading PIRATES: A great story about pirates on Grand Manan Island, NB!