The Wrack: fishing

blog of the wells reserve & laudholm trust

Cover of Fun with Fontinalis, showing Emily Bastian holding a troutYoung anglers will discover the appeal of fly fishing by turning the pages of Fun with Fontinalis and Other Fishy Friends, a new book about trout authored by Emily Bastian and Tim Spahr. The 36-page children's book is filled with vibrant photos of trout that will delight future anglers. It's a primer on fly fishing and a call for conserving wild trout around the world.

Fun with Fontinalis is available for sale in the Laudholm Store for $6.

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Team Larval Fish at the Wells Reserve

July 2, 2012 By Alex van Boer Filed under Article Tags: codfaunafishingflounderlarval fishmonitoringresearch

Associated People Jeremy Miller

Fellow Research Intern Tim Dubay and I have been working with Jeremy Miller this summer to expand the Wells Reserve’s ongoing larval fish (ichthyoplankton) project in the Webhannet estuary. The Wells Reserve has been monitoring larval fish since 2008 (see Fish larvae under the microscope) and I am excited to be a member of Team Larval Fish!

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Associated People Jacob Aman

Goal

Assess occurrence of migratory fish species in Branch Brook to establish a baseline prior to anticipated restoration and improvement of an inoperable fish ladder.

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Life after the Wells Reserve: An Americorps Member Update

May 4, 2012 By Emily Thornton Filed under Article Tags: americorpsfishingresearch

Associated People Jacob Aman

Emily Thornton, MCC AmericorpsI cannot believe it’s been six months since I left the Wells Reserve at the end of my MCC term. Last November, having spent the summer and fall gaining valuable field experience, I headed home to pursue my next career goal: admission to graduate school. It was a daunting but surprisingly natural transition, as my experiences at the Reserve prepared me well for this next phase.

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Associated People Jacob Aman

Goal

Determine the presence or absence of diadromous rainbow smelt and appropriate habitat within the restored area of Shoreys Brook

Project Period

March and April 2012

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Associated People Jacob Aman Jeremy Miller Kate Reichert Tin Smith

On a classic October morning, a research team heads to the Eliot–South Berwick line, where a private landowner has opened his property for a Wells Reserve study of fish and fish habitat. Parking the pickup at the end of a long hayfield, the five gather up gear and step into a middle-aged pine-oak forest, then head downslope past ferns and toppled trees till the trail goes wet underfoot, the canopy breaks, and they stand at the edge of Shoreys Brook. This is headquarters for the next few hours. It is one of eight sites along the brook’s 4.3 miles being surveyed for resident and migratory fish, and their habitat, in advance of a planned dam removal downstream.

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Mousam and Kennebunk Rivers Alliance

July 25, 2011 By Emily Thornton Filed under Article Tags: fishingkennebunk rivermousamresearch

Associated People Jacob Aman

Just one of many projects underway in the research department at the Wells Reserve this summer is the environmental monitoring of the Mousam and Kennebunk Rivers in support of an ongoing initiative, the Mousam & Kennebunk Rivers Alliance (MKRA).

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