archives of selected stories
Bringing the ocean's power home, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors 123:62-63, February-March 2013.
The history of a complicated relationship [book review]. The Working Waterfront 26(1) February-March 2013. "Bolster is trying to tell contemporary minds to heed the protests of today, to realize that even the genuine successes of the last twenty years are small in the scale of time."
The snowy owls of Acadia. Friends of Acadia Journal, Vol. 17 No. 3, Fall/Winter 2012, 8-9.
Sturgeon Moon Rising (pdf). Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, May 2012. "There it was! A flash of wet gray in the sunlight, a fish with skin like sandpaper and a spine like a sawblade, eyes like clear yellow marbles and a mouth like a compressed vacuum hose."
The can do crew. Atlantic Salmon Journal, Spring 2012. "Here, the dams are few and getting fewer, and the salmon are genetically unique, native, and wild. There is hope here, too."
Spring tradition: Anglers vied to catch Penobscot's presidential salmon. Bangor Daily News, 31 March 2012. "One hundred years ago, a local fly fisherman decided to send an Atlantic salmon to the President of the United States. This is the story of that fisherman, and the tradition he began."
Long may they run (pdf). Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Winter 2012. "The sardine song became a requiem; the herring hymn an elegy that carried across the continent, across the Atlantic, and even into Penobscot Bay. That’s where I heard it."
New Orleans, the Gulf Coast, 2010. Terrain.org, October 2011. "Now, the pebbles in the sea are made of tar, sticky and reddish brown. Out in the Gulf, a thick mahogany tide is turning."
From flesh-eating monster to ecosystem engineer. The Working Waterfront, July 2011. "A fish without scales or jaws, the sea lamprey has found a home in Sedgeunkedunk Stream, a tributary of the Penobscot River."
North Haven to alewives: welcome back! The Working Waterfront, July 2011. "This is what restoration looks like: children and old timers, summer folk and islanders, standing at the edge of the water on a chilly, foggy spring morning to watch 2,500 fish pour into a pond."
The possibility of fish, the possibility of fishing (pdf). Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, May 2011. "Most of those who have had an opportunity to catch an Atlantic salmon on the fly seem to feel an obligation to give back to the river."
The opportunity of disaster. The Working Waterfront, December 2010. "Drawing strength on their heritage, Gulf Coast residents are finding that taking care of each other is not only the way to survive, but it might be the way to thrive."
Maine's First Lake. Friends of Acadia Journal, Spring 2010. "The core extracted from the bottom of Sargent Mountain Pond supported the theory that it was Maine’s first lake, older than any other, the first to fill up with water as the glacier melted."
The more endangered, the better. Orion, September-October 2009.
Living in the Present (pdf). Atlantic Salmon Journal, Vol. 57, No. 3, Autumn 2008.
Study targets striped bass (pdf). Bangor Daily News, 26 July, 2008.
Alewives: Feast of the Season (pdf). Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Issue 99, May 2008.
Carson's bond with Maine (pdf). Bangor Daily News, 11 March 2008.
Maine Oyster Cult (pdf). Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Issue 98, March 2008.
Known Positions. The Working Waterfront, Vol. 20, No. 7, August 2007.
The Salters of Stanley Brook.(pdf). Friends of Acadia Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1, Summer 2007.
Tied Together. Atlantic Salmon Journal, Autumn 2006.
Sears Island: A Guide for Beginners. The Working Waterfront, March 2006.
Bringing Back the Burn (pdf). Northern Sky News, Issue 39, July 2005.
Unraveling the Mysterious Lives of the Northernmost Horseshoe Crabs (pdf). Northern Sky News, Issue 33, January 2005.
Turtles and Roads: A Hard Case. Northern Sky News, Issue 28, July 2004.
Fishing with Ted Williams. Northern Sky News, Issue 26, May 2004.
Mercury, a River, and a Few People Who Cared. Northern Sky News, Issue 26, May 2004.
An Island Called Wassumkeag, Waiting for its Future (pdf). Northern Sky News, Issue 25, April 2004.
Tracking Acid Rain across New England (pdf). Northern Sky News, Issue 19, November 2003.
Confessions of a New Jersey Environmentalist. The Bergen Record, October 20, 2003.
Life without Great Northern (pdf). The Maine Commons, Issue 11, Mar-April 2003.
Cold War Residue in Glenburn (pdf). The Maine Commons, Issue 8, Sept-Oct 2002.
Affirmation: Acadia (pdf). Friends of Acadia Journal, Vol. 7, No. 2, Summer 2002.