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.
On July 7, we hosted our annual Volunteer Reception. Normally an August event, we celebrated early this year to honor Nancy Viehmann, who just retired after 16+ years as our volunteer and visitor services coordinator. It was also a good opportunity to introduce her successor, Lynne Benoit-Vachon, to many of our most faithful volunteers.
What a pleasant evening! It's not often that crafts festival volunteers, trail rangers, education docents, receptionists, landscapers, beach monitors, trustees, RMA members, and the staff get to mingle. Everyone looked happy to be visiting.
Capturing personalities at the event was Lucie Lachance, who kindly shared her collection of images. We've selected a few to share. Thanks, Lucie, and to everyone who came out for the social.
It is pollinator heaven in the native plant border with the purples, pinks, and oranges of bee balm, echinacea, liatris, and butterfly weed. The plants are buzzing with bees and wasps while a butterfly silently flits in for a sip of nectar.
Mentioned Jason Goldstein
WELLS, Maine, July 20, 2016 — Dr. Jason Goldstein is the new research director at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. Goldstein will oversee the Wells Reserve’s fish studies, salt marsh restoration activities, and long-term environmental monitoring program. He intends to expand the reserve’s shellfish program, currently focused on green crab research, into lobster and Jonah crab ecology. Goldstein was selected after a national search and started at the reserve in June.
Mentioned Lynne Benoit-Vachon Nancy Viehmann
Every morning as I make my coffee, I watch the birds at the bird feeder outside my kitchen window. The other day I noticed, perched on the deck railing near the feeder, a brownish-greyish bird throwing a temper tantrum.
Elderberry is a pioneer species that is found in disturbed and open areas. As with all pioneer species, if habitat is left untouched, the shrub will eventually succumb to forest as tree seedlings grow. Elderberry is blooming now along roadsides and meadow edges and is easily identified by its opposite branching, deeply cut green leaves, and creamy, flat-topped blossoms. Berries produced later in the season are an important food source for birds and other animals (including us), all of which like them best when they are fermented. Elderberry has long been heralded for its medicinal and healing properties with accounts dating back to Hippocrates in 400 BCE who referred to the elderberry shrub as his “medicine chest.” Although elderberry prefers wetland habitat, it will grow easily in dryer areas.
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