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.

I Heart Estuaries campaign graphic, 2017We like the sound of a new caucus announced this week. The Congressional Estuary Caucus is a bipartisan group focused on the importance of estuaries to the nation's environment, communities, and economy.

Representatives from four coastal states founded the caucus. Bill Posey (Florida), Suzanne Bonamici (Oregon), Frank LoBiondo (New Jersey), and Rick Larsen (Washington) will serve as caucus co-chairs during the 115th Congress.

Twenty-seven House members have joined the new caucus as of this writing. Maine Representatives Pingree and Poliquin have not signed on… yet.

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Winter Wildlife Day #7

February 28, 2017 By Suzanne Kahn Filed under Article Tags: birdstrackingwildlifewinter wildlife day

For seven years strong, the Reserve has partnered with Center for Wildlife and York County Audubon to offer Winter Wildlife Day during Maine's school vacation week. Last week, on a balmy February morning with 50 degree temperatures, nearly 200 people attended this family-friendly free event. Some even stayed into the afternoon to sled down the farmhouse hill on the fast disappearing snowpack, and observe a snow sculpture artist in action.

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Hearting Estuaries V

February 10, 2017 By Scott Richardson Filed under Article Tags: congressestuariesnerranerrs

hashtag I Heart Estuaries. Scene of Webhannet Estuary in winter.

Say it with us! Join the 2017 #iheartestuaries campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and IRL on February 12, 13, and 14. Raise your voice on behalf of estuaries. Call out to Congress with a simple message: "I care about estuaries and this is why…"

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The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 2/19/2017, and Making It At Home's 2/16/2017 issue.

Snug fit

Image: Volunteer Cliff Babkirk from Sanford pops in a custom-made window insert at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm’s Visitor Center.


My family and I were some of the last visitors to wander through the Willowbrook Museum in Newfield before it permanently closed last fall. As we perused the houses, barns, and sheds filled with furniture and tools from the 19th century, I felt the vast landscape of time lying between then and now.

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Summer of Art & Science

January 31, 2017 By Scott Richardson Filed under Article Tags: artmusic

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Sentinel 3. Sculpture by Gary Haven Smith.We're lining up new ways to discover the Wells Reserve at Laudholm in 2017. We will soon be kicking off our Summer of Art & Science.

The cornerstone of our summer-long celebration is a major sculpture exhibition and sale. We're also loading our events calendar with special walks, talks, workshops, and performances that explore the links between science and art.

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