Latest Maine Fish & Wildlife magazine now online; take fish quiz
August 31, 2010

MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE 284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333 www.mefishwildlife.com Main Number: (207) 287-8000

Media: For more information, call IF&W Spokeswoman Deborah Turcotte at (207) 287-6008

AUGUSTA –
The latest edition of Maine Fish & Wildlife, the magazine of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, now is available online only.

The quarterly magazine is a snapshot of what people love – Maine’s outdoors. Each issue features programs, initiatives and projects being worked on by MDIF&W employees, with web links to resources readers may find useful. The magazine can be viewed at www.mefishwildlife.com.



This issue focuses on fishing fun for kids of all ages!

We start by giving readers information on how to teach their kids to fish, including a list of “kids only” fishing ponds. Nervous about whether your children will like to fish? Be patient. MDIF&W public relations rep Travis Barrett shares his experience on trying to introduce the sport that he loves to his son, while MDIF&W youth activities coordinator Emily Jones shares tips on how Barrett and readers can make the experience even better.

How well do you know Maine’s fish species? Take our quiz to test your knowledge. Or print out our “Fishing in Maine” word-search puzzle. Also, read casting tips.

For adults anglers, read about three unique late summer fishing opportunities that are worth exploring.

The issue also introduces readers to a new MDIF&W boat access site at the western basin of Upper Cold Stream Pond, and it features the Spectacle Pond property Alonzo H. Garcelon Wildlife Management Area. Plus, MDIF&W Natural Sciences Educator Lisa Kane writes about new features at the Maine Wildlife Park and Swan Island.

Readers, too, can learn about how MDIF&W manages deer wintering areas, and see pictures of a surplus military plane being transformed into a new search-and-rescue and law enforcement tool for the Maine Warden Service.

And, readers can listen to “Uniforms of Green,” a song written about the Maine Warden Service by Game Warden Rick Clowry.

To make the online publication appear like a printed one, MDIF&W works with Ohio-based FlipSeek LLC. The company’s software allows users to flip through pages and zoom into text. Text and pdf versions of the magazine also are available on the Department’s website.

As stewards of Maine’s natural resources, the employees at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife work on endeavors that are essential to preserving and protecting the state’s quality of life and its economic foundation. Combined, outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, boating, ATV riding, and wildlife and bird watching, contribute $2.4 billion to Maine’s economy.

**The magazine can be viewed at www.mefishwildlife.com**