The Wrack

 blog of the wells reserve at laudholm

The Wrack is our collective logbook on the web. Here you will find hundreds of articles on myriad topics, all tied to these two thousand acres of protected coastal land and the yesteryear cluster that lends them identity.

Why "The Wrack"? In its cycles of ebb and flow, the sea transports a melange of weed, shell, bone, feather, wood, rope, and trash from place to place, then deposits it at the furthest reach of spent surf. This former flotsam is full of interesting stuff for anybody who cares to kneel and take a look. Now and then, the line of wrack reveals a treasure.

Mentioned Tyler Spillane

The spring field season has begun with a 10-week study on migratory fish in the York River. We are collecting data for the Wild and Scenic Study Committee by using fyke nets to sample fish every day.

Rainbow Smelt in the hand. Caught in the York River in early April 2017.We started work in the beginning of April and in the first three weeks caught 2,598 fish, of which 1,228 were spawning rainbow smelt. We recorded the length, weight, and sex of each smelt caught, finding the average fish to be 6.1 inches long and weighing about 1 ounce. More than 87 percent of our catch was male. Males usually arrive first at spawning sites and wait for females. They can also travel up river to spawn more than once during the spawning cycle, while females will swim upstream and spawn in one high tide event.

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To Mother

May 13, 2017 By Nik Charov Filed under Article Tags: faunatwo worlds

Mentioned Suzanne Kahn Caryn Beiter

Meet SpikeThe following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 5/14/2017, and Making It At Home's 5/17/2017 issue.

When the Wells Reserve at Laudholm’s education director Suzanne Kahn pried open the attic door in her office to investigate some strange noises, she expected to find red squirrels.

Instead, a large raccoon greeted her with a warning growl.

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Unexpected Farmhouse Visitors

May 5, 2017 By Suzanne Kahn Filed under Article Tags: raccoonwildlife

Mentioned Caryn Beiter

Just before Earth Day arrived this year, I heard the cries of some sort of furry critters coming from the attic crawl space off of my office in the farmhouse. When I opened the door to investigate, I expected to see red squirrels but was instead treated to the sight of a large and beautiful mama raccoon! The cries I heard were cries of a nest full of raccoon cubs out of sight behind her. She let out a deep warning of a moan when she saw me, so I quickly closed the door and got on the phone. My mission was to find a way to get the raccoon family out of the farmhouse humanely and alive.

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We're just about out of "heating season" but we already know that our small investment in window inserts has been beneficial. The inserts helped seal up leaky old windows in the Laudholm farmhouse, cutting down on chilly indoor breezes and adding a layer of insulating air to reduce our fuel consumption.

WindowDressers inserts made such a noticeable difference here that we're inspired to help you save money and stay warmer next winter.

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