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First Flights

July 29, 2014 By Sierra Frisbie Filed under Article Tags: butterfliesfaunasummer camps

Associated People Kate Reichert Susan Bickford

The campers match up the names and numbers of the butterfliesIt’s not every day you meet a butterfly named Sargent Buck. Similarly, it isn’t too common to come across a butterfly named Colonel Adams. However, if you should happen to visit the Wells Reserve in the next few days, you might just get the chance.

Last Monday, Kate brought in 26 Painted Lady chrysalises, which were pinned to the top of a small netted enclosure and left to hatch in the Teaching Lab. Though not explicitly related to the theme, the butterflies became an integral and exciting part of last week’s Seashore Sleuths camp. That day, we ogled as the chrysalises shook in anticipation of their next transformation.

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Bruce Read, chairman of the Laudholm Trust board of directors, addresses the group assembled for A Watershed Moment in June 2014Three angles of investigation into three waterways flowing through three municipalities have reached one encouraging conclusion: The Merriland River, Branch Brook, and the Little River are ecologically healthy and the people largely responsible, those living in the combined watershed, know and appreciate it.

The design for our Sustaining Coastal Landscapes and Community Benefits project, the first study of its kind, drew from the sciences of ecology, economy, and communications. Reserve staff and their colleagues from Clark University looked at streamside buffers in Sanford, Kennebunk, and Wells to find out how they affect life in the water and how members of the community value them.

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Watermark, Summer 2014

July 29, 2014 By Scott Richardson Filed under Article Tags: watermark

Associated People Nik Charov

Cover of Watermark 31(1): Summer 2014 with scary green crab illustrationNik's Notebook: Welcome, Invaders!

Maine has historically (and, at times, comically) viewed those "from away" with great suspicion and even scorn. Rightly so, when it comes to invasive, non-native species like mouse ear snails, red algae, and European green crabs that all now impinge on our Gulf. These diabolical intruders, and many more, are a horror story for our coast, but they're just one tale in this Summer 2014 issue of Watermark, your beach reading from the Wells Reserve at Laudholm.

Because while these aquatic invaders may come "from away," so too do our annual fresh-faced summer interns, our many excellent research partners, and continual new ideas. And truly, Southern Maine's beach towns would be ghost towns without our summer tourists. So we welcome all these new arrivals to the Wells Reserve at Laudholm and hope they take back home with them, from their visits or even just by reading this summer newsletter, a little bit of "the way life should be." Or could be, anyway, with a little more science, education, and conservation.

Have a wonderful summer. Do come over; it's your Reserve!

Download the Summer 2014 Watermark

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A Day at the Beach (Lecture)

July 24, 2014 By Paul Dest Filed under Article Tags: beachlegalmaine sea grant

John Duff provides an overview of legal cases pertaining to Maine beach accessThe weather on July 23 was warm and muggy — a perfect day for a swim at the shore. But rather than head to one of the many lovely sand beaches of York County, some 90 people packed Mather Auditorium to learn about legal issues surrounding ownership, use, and access to the shore.

Attendees heard lively presentations from two attorneys who have extensive knowledge of the subject. John Duff, a law professor and attorney, led with an informative (and sometimes humorous) analysis and explanation of all of the court cases since Moody that have affected use and ownership of Maine's shoreline.

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Associated People Paul Dest Kristen Grant

Flier for July 23 programWELLS, Maine, July 18, 2014 — Enjoying Maine’s coastline isn’t always a walk on the beach. In fact, 25 years ago the Maine Supreme Court ruled that the public’s right to use privately owned tidelands is strictly limited.

The 1989 Moody Beach decision, this year’s Goose Rocks decision, and other cases over the past quarter century have affected private property owners’ rights and the public’s ability to use Maine’s intertidal lands and dry sandy beaches.

After a quarter century of legal wrangling, confusion and controversy remain. Who is a legitimate visitor to a beach and who is a trespasser? Why can clammers and scuba divers use private intertidal lands while a sunbather sometimes cannot? Why would one beachfront property owner have lesser rights to control public use than another?

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