The Wrack

The Wrack is the Wells Reserve blog, our collective logbook on the web.

Blog posts: Culture

  • Education Team Comings and Goings

    | June 10, 2015 | Filed under: Culture

    Stellar interns in spring 2015 helped with camps, events, digitizing records, fish research, and program promotion.

  • Listen Here. Really: Listen

    | July 17, 2014 | Filed under: Culture
    Informal portrait of Dr. Bryan Pijanowski with one of his soundscape recording devices.
    World Listening Day is July 18. I'd never heard of it until this week, when listener extraordinaire Bryan Pijanowski mentioned it during his noontime talk in the auditorium. Dr. Pijanowski is in town for the Global Sustainable Soundscapes Network's coastal workshop, which includes a site tour here today.

    Soundscape ecology is a new branch of science, Pijanowski explained, made possible by technological advances in recording and digitally processing sound. Broadly, it is about studying sound in a landscape and its effects on organisms, and he does that all over the world (including, this spring and summer, at the Wells Reserve), but the Purdue professor is also interested in how sound connects people to a place and evokes emotion.

  • Energy Initiative: The Sun is Shining Brightly

    | October 3, 2013 | Filed under: Culture

    At the start of 2012, the reserve embarked on a multi-year, ambitious energy conservation and conversion initiative.

  • Here Comes the Sun

    | March 27, 2013 | Filed under: Culture

    Just hours before the vernal equinox, installers from ReVision Energy were shoveling snow off the roof of our Maine Coastal Ecology Center to make way for the reserve’s first major solar array. By afternoon the roof was clear and dry, thanks to its southeast exposure, and the workers went about building an aluminum framework and running wires.

  • On the Punkinfiddle Main Stage

    | September 28, 2009 | Filed under: Culture

    We have had the pleasure of hosting a wonderful series of performances at Punkinfiddle and once again thank all the artists who have appeared on the stage. We list them here.

  • Doing the Tick Tuck

    | June 13, 2008 | Filed under: Culture

    Simple measures can help prevent disease. Do the tick tuck.

  • Joyeux Anniversaire, Karen

    | November 28, 2007 | Filed under: Culture

    A song for Karen Stathoplos.

  • Derelict farm to estuarine sanctuary, 1978 to 1986

    Mort Mather
    | August 31, 1986 | Filed under: Culture

    This "History of the Project" was written by Mort Mather around the time the Wells Reserve was dedicated in 1986. Some minor formatting has been done to the originally typewritten document.

    Interest in having the land now encompassed within the bounds of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve preserved for the public good dates back to the early 1960s. At that time the value of salt marshes was beginning to be more fully understood. Studies showed that two-thirds of the commercially important fish depend in some stage in their lives on estuaries. Estuaries are also important areas for commercial development; as the population increases scenic areas near water are under increased pressure for residential development. In the sixties man-made development was filling marshes at an alarming rate. If left unchecked, this development would do serious damage to our fisheries and eliminate most of the coastal habitat for wildlife, endangering more and more species.