Hiking was never fun for Van Pol when he was a child: It brought back fearful memories of his family's escape from Cambodia and into refugee camps. It wasn't until a high school field trip to a New Hampshire peak that hiking became Van's salvation.
Holidays around the world often revolve around food — think turkey at Thanksgiving or unleavened bread during Passover. In China, food is an important part of the Chinese New Year celebration — but what's on the menu this year is not exactly local.
Project Puffin, a National Audubon Society project, is the story of how the beloved Puffin seabird was restored to its long-abandoned nesting colonies off the Maine coast. Dr. Stephen Kress and Derrick Z. Jackson have written about the restoration project in a new book. Here, Jackson talks about Project Puffin and the importance of restoring these symbolic birds to their island home.
Maine is home to many Somali refugees in the US, but fitting in hasn’t always been easy. There's even tension among Somali communities — between those who arrived first and those who came later. That also plays out at public schools in Lewiston, Maine’s second largest city.
The calls of Guillemots and terns and the crash of ocean waves surround two puffins nesting at the Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge in Maine. It is a remote spot, accessible only by boat, but you can watch the puffins close up via two special bird cams operated by the Audubon Society.
Eastport, Maine, used to be the sardine capital of America. When the industry dried up, the town did, too. But the city still has a big asset: the deepest natural harbor in the continental United States.