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Selected Coverage of the Wells Reserve

Here is a partial list of places we've been featured in print, on screen, and on the air.


"Vigorous Tenderness concert welcomes the vernal equinox and changing season" by Ben McCanna in Portland Press Herald, March 20, 2024.


"Blue crabs are showing up more often in the warming Gulf of Maine" by Nicole Ogrysko on Maine Public (radio), October 16, 2023. Another version of this story aired on National Public Radio programs All Things Considered, November 10, and Here & Now, November 13.

"Good day sunshine" image by Gregory Rec in Portland Press Herald online, October 14, 2023.

"Maine Calling on the road: Marine invasive species" on Maine Public (radio), September 21, 2023.

"Have you seen a blue crab in Maine? Researchers want to know where" by Gillian Graham in Portland Press Herald, August 16, 2023.

"How to make wetland crossings more resilient" by Kate Cough in The Maine Monitor, August 13, 2023. 

"Gaining mindfulness at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm" by Mallory Brooke for Outside Edge on Newscenter Maine, June 21, 2023. 

"Gulf of Maine Council Recognizes International Award Winners for 2023," June 7, 2023. [Paul Dest receives Visionary Award]


"Surprising blue crab population develops in Maine" by Emma Johnson in the Chesapeake Bay Monitor, December 12, 2022.

"Climate 2022: Blue crabs now migrating to Maine from Chesapeake Bay" by Pamela Gardner on, December 1, 2022. (minutes 11:06-14:29 feature Wells Reserve) | read the "Climate 2022" transcript

"Linda Littlefield Grenfell: A child of nature" by Susan Gallagher in The Weekly Sentinel, November 18, 2022.

"The Unstoppable Ocean | Wells: Sea rise is 'a slow-moving catastrophe'" by Kate Cough in The Maine Monitor, October 9, 2022. 

"Donation improves access to Wells Reserve" in The Weekly Sentinel, September 16, 2022. [electric golf cart from Kennebunk Savings]

"Art and nature meet at the Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival" by Norah Hogan on WMTW-TV, September 11, 2022. [one of six live spots that aired during the morning newscast]

"The long-term impacts of seasonal lawn chemicals on Maine's bays, marshland" by Radek Przygodzki on WMTW-TV, July 19, 2022.

"An Overview of Fisheries" by Patrick Bonsant on Saco River Community Television, June 8, 2022.

"A prized southern crustacean could be Maine's newest fishery" by Ethan Genter in Bangor Daily News, May 31, 2022.


“Wells-based doctor spearheading research on Maine lobsters” by Beth McEvoy on 207 (WCSH6), October 27, 2021. watch the video

“There goes Peter Cottontail” special to the York County Coast Star, October 8, 2021.

"The researchers at the University of Maine Lobster Institute work to keep the lobster industry sustainable and profitable" on WCVB Chronicle, September 27, 2021. watch the video

“Your guide to New England’s best hiking trails” by Miles Howard on, September 17, 2021. read the article

“Things to Do: Burlesque, beer and a book talk; You can also hit the Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival in Wells” by Aimsel Ponti in Portland Press Herald, September 7, 2021.

“Researchers track currents that carry larval lobster” by Ethan Genter in Ellsworth American, August 26, 2021. read the article

“Iceberg Effect” by Denise J. Wheeler in York County Coast Star, August 6, 2021.

“Road Trip: Portland” by James Gribbon in Connecticut Magazine, July 2021. [sidebar, page 66]

“Monitoring Lobsters: Research Study Aims to Help Them Survive” by Taylor Cairns, WGME 13, July 6, 2021. watch the video

“Wells, Maine, Show Perfect: Dozens of Exhibitors, Hundreds Of Ready Buyers & Fresh Finds” by Rick Russack in Antiques and the Arts Weekly, July 6, 2021. read the article

"Activity trackers for lobsters designed to fight against waste" by Ethan Genter in Mount Desert Islander, May 3, 2021. read the article

"A fishery in a sea of change: How the American lobster is dealing with a changing environment" by Amalia Harrington, Jennie Rheuban, and Carolina Bastidas in ARCGIS StoryMaps, April 27, 2021. view StoryMap

"Maine Summer is Back" by Bridget M. Burns in Down East, May 2021. [Laudholm Beach featured]

"The Wells Reserve: A Much-needed Breath of Fresh Air" by Faith Gillman in Tourist & Town: The Magazine, Spring 2021. Download PDF

“Portland’s Wild Seed Project sees wild growth” by Michael Kelley in Portland Forecaster, February 16, 2021.


"Grant awarded to improve water quality of Thatcher Brook in Biddeford" in Biddeford-Saco-OOB Courier, April 9, 2020. read the article


“‘A nice addition’: Town, Wells Reserve celebrate new ADA-compliant trail” by Ralph Morang in York County Coast Star, April 26, 2019. | read the article

“Celebrating the Earth: Wells Reserve’s Earth Fair draws ‘hundreds’” by Ralph Morang in York County Coast Star, April 26, 2019. | read the article

“Soundscapes” on BBC World Update, April 17, 2019. (American Woodcock recorded at Wells Reserve)

“Local Gems: Hope springs eternal at Wells Reserve at Laudholm” by Faith Gillman in Tourist & Town, March 31, 2019.

“Volunteers ‘needed’, ‘respected’ at Wells Reserve” by Donna Buttarazzi in York County Coast Star, March 8, 2019.

“The Good Place” (nonprofit wedding venues) by Alison Goldman in Globe Magazine, February 3, 2019.


“Life is good down on Laudholm Farm” by Mark Sisco in Maine Antique Digest, October 2018. Pages 3B-5B.

“New walking path adds to Harbor Park’s attractiveness” by Jim Kanak in York County Coast Star, October 12, 2018.

“Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival draws a crowd” by Jennifer Bryant in York County Coast Star, September 14, 2018.

“Whales seen feeding close to shore” by Donna Buttarazzi in York County Coast Star, September 14, 2018.

“Tribal historian shares ‘12,000 Years in Maine’” by Donna Buttarazzi in York County Coast Star, September 7, 2018.

“Open Lighthouse Day, Maine Cheese Festival: 11 things to do in Maine this weekend” by Aimsel Ponti on, September 3, 2018.

“Maine Voices: Taking action to curb climate change could throw lifeline to Maine lobsters” by Madeleine Fenderson and Jason Goldstein in Portland Press Herald, July 16, 2018. | read the article

“Plan in works to improve Kennebunk River quality” by Donna Buttarazzi in York County Coast Star, July 13, 2018. | read the article

“Sands of time” by Elisa Boxer in Ageless Maine, July 2018. [“Volunteers help scientists monitor and protect Southern Maine’s beaches.”] | read the article

“Fostering interest for women and girls in STEM and the UAS industry” by Sue Bickford in Directions Magazine, June 27, 2018. | read the article

“Wonder in their eyes: Drones for education and environmental science” on, May 2018.

“Notes on the status of wintering monarchs in Mexico (2017-2018): Unexpected results” by Robert E. and Rose Marie F. Gobeil in The Maine Entomologist 22(2): May 2018.

“Earth Day celebrations coming to York” by Deborah McDermott in York Weekly, April 17, 2018.

“Coast Guard has not located sunken tugboat” by Donna Buttarazzi on, February 27, 2018

“Program brings art and environment together for veterans” by Donna Buttarazzi in York County Coast Star, February 24, 2018 | read the article

“Trump budget would kill funds for many programs in Maine” by Colin Woodard at, February 12, 2018 (updated February 13) | read the article


“Harpswell, Cape Elizabeth, South Portland get Coastal Community Grants” by Elizabeth Clemente in The Southern Forecaster, December 22, 2017

“Can’t-Miss Winter Events: 2018 Edition” by Aimsel Ponti at, December 18, 2017

“Birds of a feather, a nuisance together” by Donna Buttarazzi in York Weekly, November 21, 2017 | read the article

“Wells Reserve at Laudholm is a place to discover Maine’s beauty” by Zaffie Hadiaris in Journal Tribune, October 15, 2017

“Stolen pinecone sculptures returned to Wells Reserve” by Donna Buttarazzi in York County Coast Star, October 13, 2017

“Wells Reserve celebrates National Estuary Day with 15th annual Punkinfiddle” by Bridget M. Burns in York County Coast Star, October 6, 2017

“Fall nears, Punkinfiddle approaches” by Ryder Schumacher on page 1 Journal Tribune, September 19, 2017

”Congress set to reject Trump’s wide range of federal program cuts” by Colin Woodard in Maine Sunday Telegram, September 17,2017

“Greenfest, Strut Your Mutt, Pirate Festival: 10 Things to Do in Maine This Weekend” (#7 Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival) by Aimsel Ponti on, September 5, 2017

“Rash of Art Thefts from Maine Exhibit Called ‘Sad and Disappointing’” by Donna Buttarazzi in York County Coast Star, September 1, 2017 Picked up by Bangor Daily News, September 5, 2017 | read the article

“Chinese Delegates Educated at Rachel Carson Refuge” by Ryder Schumacher on page 1 in Journal Tribune, August 4, 2017

“Best Destinations for Nature Lovers in Every State” by Lily Rogers on Expedia Viewfinder blog, July 25, 2017

“Sculpture Exhibit Combines Art with Laudholm Farm Landscape” by Jim Kanak in York County Coast Star, July 14, 2017

“Wells Antiques Show — In a Word, Perfect” by Rick Russack on, July 11, 2017

“In the Battle Against Ticks and Lyme Disease, Scientists Look to the Skies” by Troy Bennett in Bangor Daily News, June 30, 2017 | view story with photos and video

“5 of Maine’s Hidden Gem Beaches” by Katie Cole on, June 28, 2017

“Peaks Fest — PILP Birds and Beavers Walk and the Return of MIMIC Volunteers” by Patty Wainright, Michelle Brown, and Sam Wainright in Peaks Island Land Preserve blog, June 23, 2017 | view blog

“Invasive Species Wanted Posters” by Beverly Johnson on, undated 2017 | view blog with video

“Power of Place Premieres at Wells Reserve” by Abigail Jackson in York County Coast Star, June 15, 2017

“Art Supporting Science—A Natural Fit” by Faith Gillman in The Village, June 2017

“Power of Place Premieres at Wells Reserve” by Abigail Jackson in York County Coast Star, June 15, 2017

“Summer of Art & Science” by Alexandra Pecci in northshore, June-July 2017 | read the article

“Art Abounds on Laudholm’s Grounds” by Bob Keyes (photos by Gregory Rec) on, May 22, 2017 | read the article

“Maine Water Quality” by Adam Epstein on WGME-TV, April 28, 2017 | view the video

“Wells Reserve: Maine Summer of Art & Science” by Allison Tibaldi in offMetro, April 26, 2017

“Laudholm Hosts Earth Day Celebration April 21” by Nancy McCallum in Tourist News, April 2017

“The Concierge: Tips for Touring Here and Abroad” by Necee Regis in Boston Sunday Globe Travel, April 9, 2017

“Laudholm Farm Explores the Nature of Inspiration” by Bob Keyes in Maine Sunday Telegram, April 9, 2017

“Walk this way with Thoreau” by Janet Mendelsohn in Boston Globe Travel, March 30, 2017

“Proposed NOAA Cuts Put Coastal Programs at Risk” by Jennifer Bryant and Max Sullivan in York County Coast Star, March 23, 2017

“Trump Cuts Threaten Great Bay Reserve, NH Sea Grant” by Max Sullivan in Portsmouth Sunday, March 19, 2017

“Wells Reserve in Jeopardy” by Dina Mendros in Journal Tribune, March 11, 2017

Trump’s Proposed NOAA Cuts Imperil Wells Reserve in Maine” by Colin Woodard in Portland Press Herald, March 9, 2017


"Wells Reserve" by Janet Mendelsohn in Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, 2013 | read the article

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