A New Owner for Maine Nature News

Hello Everyone,

On August 1, 2006 I took over the publishing of Maine Nature News. Frank Whibey was preparing to retire. It was an honor to be trusted by Frank after a couple of phone conversations. A lot has changed in MNN’s format since then thanks to blogging software than makes the job much easier. Tomorrow, November 12, 2012 is the day Maureen Raynes steps in as the new publisher. I’m confident in Maureen’s ability to inspire veteran and new reporters, and to take MNN in an interesting, beautiful new direction. I’ve read some of Maureen’s work. I know you’ll enjoy her insight. She’s intimately familiar with Maine’s natural history as a writer and as co-owner of Frost Pond Camps.

Thank you to John Bay and Kirk Betts for always coming up with something on Monday night when there were no reports waiting to be published Tuesday morning. Frank told me I could count on them. Fred Gralenski has been a blessing with is always dependable submissions for Quoddy Nature Notes. Being practically neighbors here in Washington County, I’m sure I’ll be running into Fred in other ways. Thanks to all who sent reports and photo and keep reading.

Thanks Maureen for agreeing to take this on. I can go knowing that it’s in good hands with someone Frank would approve of and support.I’d say good luck but luck has nothing to do with this. Thank you! And enjoy!

I will continue to blog and write for a couple of newspapers. Please stop in to see me from time to time! I’m sure I’ll be stopping here with reports.

Robin Follette



  1. I want to compliment you on your very informative and interesting writing. I’m ashamed to say, I am under informed on the ways of nature. Being mostly a city girl, i was searching on line to find out when black fly and mosquito season is so I could plan my daughters camp stay in Sebago maine. I happened upon your blog and am happy to say you’ve opened up an entirely new world for me. Thanks to you, your colleagues and the wonderfully dedicated naturalists who share your words and photography!