Off the East Coast, a Massive Network of Wind Turbines Is Coming—Along With New Risks for Migrating Birds

Birds crossing the Atlantic Ocean, like gannets, will soon have to navigate wind farms — and some will die because of them. But the shift to clean energy is crucial for their survival — and for the future of our entire ecosystem.

In the coming years, gannets zipping along the Eastern Seaboard will encounter unprecedented obstacles. In the United States 17 offshore wind sites are under development in the Atlantic, from Cape Cod at the north end down to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, just miles from where Patteson and I observed the gannets’ feeding frenzy.

Source: Audubon
Published: Apr 14, 2022
Length: 13 minutes (3,281 words)

Has Witch City Lost Its Way?

“Is a witch-based tourism economy the best way to honor the legacy of executed individuals who weren’t even witches in the first place? Or is continuing to transform the town into the epicenter of modern-day witchcraft actually the perfect way to right the wrongs of the past?”

Source: Boston Magazine
Published: Oct 22, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,758 words)

Shark Attacks in Maine Were Unthinkable — Until Last Summer

“Last year’s first-ever fatal shark attack jolted Mainers into acknowledging that great whites regularly swim off the state’s shores — and that there’s plenty about them we don’t know.”

Source: Down East
Published: May 3, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,931 words)

Homeward Bound

Make a new canine friend in Maine and chances are good she’s from down south, as the dog-crazy Pine Tree State is among the most common destinations for southern rescue dogs. To understand why—and how they arrive—Kathryn Miles joined 37 very good dogs on a 1,600-mile road trip.

Source: Down East
Published: Jun 26, 2019
Length: 20 minutes (5,100 words)

Selfie Deaths Are an Epidemic

Recklessness, or natural evolution of an age-old impulse? “Th[e] impulse to fashion our image publicly has only increased in the digital age—which means it’s that much harder to get noticed.”

Source: Outside
Published: Apr 16, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,520 words)

The Thieves Who Steal Sunken Warships, Right Down to the Bolts

How pirates are diving down to wrecks on the sea floor in search of scrap, and in the process are stealing 6500-ton ships — in their entirety — leaving only the imprint of the massive hulls on the sea floor.

Source: Outside
Published: May 2, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,398 words)

Marathon Man

Who wants to run 26.2 miles in Maine in the middle of December? And who really believes that doing so will make a difference for a mill town on the ropes? This guy.

Source: Down East
Published: Dec 14, 2016
Length: 16 minutes (4,079 words)

Spoiler Alert

Inside the byzantine, secretive, Rube Goldbergian world of food inspection and safety (or, why we still can’t stop bags of baby spinach from making us sick).

Published: Sep 21, 2016
Length: 20 minutes (5,140 words)

Sunk: The Incredible Truth About A Ship That Never Should Have Sailed

What led to the sinking of the HMS Bounty during Hurricane Sandy?

“‘We knew there was weather out there,’ says Doug Faunt, the ship’s unofficial white-haired curmudgeon. ‘But we also respected Robin’s knowledge a great deal. We had a plan, and we were ready.’

“That plan, as Walbridge explained it, was to sail due east, wait for Sandy to turn toward land, and then push the vessel into the storm’s southeast quadrant, where hurricane winds are usually weakest. Why he so quickly abandoned that idea once at sea remains a mystery.”

Source: Outside
Published: Feb 11, 2013
Length: 32 minutes (8,183 words)