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 Jacob Aman Brenda Rudnicky

 For the past five weeks, our research staff have been out fishing in the rivers of southern Maine to provide up-to-date information on species with the greatest need for conservation. We have been fortunate to have the help of some dedicated community volunteers and members of the Sebago Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  This is the earliest we’ve been fishing in recent years and the catch has been diverse and exciting!

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Venue: Plan an Eco-friendly Wedding

April 21, 2016 By Beth Geary Filed under Article Tags: earth dayweddings

Colorful heart snackEarth Day puts us in an environmental, sustainable, tree-hugging state of mind. As time ticks by and the effects of climate change become more evident, we continue to live our mission of caring about the planet and sharing the facts we learn about what's happening to it. How is this relevant to weddings? Because we often use the term “eco-wedding” here and ponder its relevance.

Would a wedding occurring here be considered an eco-wedding? How important is having an environmentally-friendly wedding to our couples? Would it be helpful if we shared some resources and thoughts on doing so?

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Scientists at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve have discovered how invasive green crabs are damaging salt marshes along the Maine coast. By measuring the strength of peat in three salt marshes, and by using CT scanning to inspect peat samples drawn from those marshes, the researchers have shown that green crab burrowing activity is weakening salt marsh creek banks, causing them to erode.

The research reserve, which studied salt marshes in Wells, Yarmouth, and Damariscotta over two years, reported its findings to the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund.

Ecologists use a CT scanner at Southern Maine Health Care to inspect a peat sample taken from a Maine salt marsh.This was the first time computer-aided tomography (CT) has been used to study geologic cores taken from Maine salt marshes. Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford performed the CT scanning, which allowed scientists to look inside cylinders of salt marsh peat without disturbing their structure.

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It's school vacation. Kids shout "Wah-hoo!"

But now they're at home. What will you do?!

Make a plan for the break you deserve—

Bring them up to your research reserve.

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Kayak Tours 2016

April 11, 2016 By Suzanne Kahn Filed under Article Tags: estuarykayak

kayakPaddle on calm and quiet waters while observing wildlife and learning about the natural history of estuaries, our treasured habitats.

2016 is our sixth year offering these popular guided tours led by registered Maine Kayak Guides.

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