The Wrack

blog of the wells reserve & laudholm trust

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The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 2/22/2015.

I learned a new word this year. Subnivean, from the Latin for “under” (sub) and “snow” (nives). It’s the zone within and underneath the snowpack. It’s where we’ve all been living lately.

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Summer Camps 2015

February 11, 2015 By Suzanne Kahn Filed under Article Tags: campssummer camps

Associated People Ellen Gawarkiewicz

Jumping for joy. Summer camp at the beach.

All Ready to Sign Up?

Don't be shy! Our scholarship fund is meant to help everyone attend camp.

Want to know more before you download forms? Read on to find out all about our summer camps and our talented, kid-loving camp staff!

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The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 2/8/2015.

In America, enshrined in our First Amendment, we have a right to voicing our own opinions. But ever since the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France, I’ve been thinking about whether free speech does have limits. If what I say ends up hurting others, or even myself, I may have a right to say it… but should I?

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European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris, licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia CommonsMy tight-timeframe Wednesday birding routine started in March and carried on through December. Over that span I missed 7 mid-week morning appointments with the birds, but still completed 33 checklists accounting for 61 species.

Starlings were evident on 20 surveys, crows turned up on 19, and a handful of species appeared 11 times: robin, bluebird, a sparrow, and goldfinch.

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Associated People Kristen Grant

Wells Reserve is looking for volunteers to assist with year-round data collection at beaches in Kennebunkport, Kennebunk, Wells, Ogunquit, and York.

If you are interested in helping out please contact Jacob Aman at or 646-1555 ext 112.

To learn more, please check out the Southern Maine Beach Profile Monitoring Program web page.

Ogunquit BeachSand beaches represent only a small portion of Maine’s coastline. Even so, they are incredibly valuable economically as well for recreational opportunities, important wildlife habitat, and mitigating the effects of coastal storms.  Sand beaches are subject to the effects of human engineering and the natural forces of sea level rise and climate change.  Manmade structures such as sea walls and jetties disrupt the natural movement of sand along the beach creating areas of erosion.  These alterations combined with rising sea level and increased frequency and severity of storms have contributed to an overall net loss of sand. These changes are of enough importance that in 2006 the Maine legislature created a beach stakeholders group to develop recommendations for protecting Maine's beaches.

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