The Wrack

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

Blog posts: News

  • Wells Reserve to Help Beach Businesses Prepare for Storms

    | May 3, 2016 | Filed under: News

    Beach-based businesses, a powerful economic engine for Maine, are generally little prepared for storm surge and coastal flooding. Yet lessons learned from previous disasters underscore how important the recovery of businesses is to the overall recovery of a region’s economy.

  • Green Crabs Damaging Maine Salt Marshes

    | April 20, 2016 | Filed under: News

    Green crab burrowing activity is weakening salt marsh creek banks, causing them to erode.

  • A Fishy Tourney

    | April 1, 2016 | Filed under: News


    Fans Will Fill the Stands for this Fishy Tourney

    WELLS, Maine, April 1, 2016 — Even though New England teams were shut out of the Sweet Sixteen, there’s still no shortage of enthusiasm among the region’s faithful fans.

    Friends and staff of four National Estuarine Research Reserves — Wells, Great Bay, Waquoit, and Narragansett —are expected to line the banks of the Little River over the weekend for a fishy Final Four. The annual event, dubbed “Bleachers on the Estuary,” is sponsored this year by the Wells Reserve at Laudholm.

    Fans head to the stands for for the 2016 Bleachers on the Estuary event

    “It just doesn’t get any better than Marsh Madness,” gushed the reserve’s gizmo guy Jeremy Miller.

    “I’ve already filled out my brackish,” boasted reserve executive defector Paul Dest, drinking deeply from his mug of plankton-infused sea water. “Sea-run Brookies all the way!”

  • Dam Removal Opens Brook Habitat to Migratory Fish

    | September 21, 2015 | Filed under: News

    WELLS, Maine, September 21, 2015 — On September 18, a small dam was removed from Goff Mill Brook in Arundel near where it flows into the Kennebunk River estuary. The removal reconnects seven miles of stream habitat to the estuary, benefiting brook trout, other migratory and freshwater fish, and the watershed’s ecology. The project was coordinated by the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, working in full partnership with the Sebago Chapter of Trout Unlimited under TU’s national Embrace-a-Stream grant program.

    “Goff Mill Brook is now connected to the Gulf of Maine for the first time in at least 60 years,” said Wells Reserve project manager Jake Aman. “We expect many fish and wildlife species to benefit from this restoration, including commercially important fish like American eel and river herring.”

  • Mysterious Aquatic Creature Lurking in Wells Harbor?

    | April 1, 2015 | Filed under: News

    Jeremy Miller, research associate at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, is no stranger to Wells Harbor. But lately in Wells Harbor, things have been getting stranger.

    For the past ten years, Miller has been coordinating the Wells Reserve's System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP), which, as part of a network of 28 water quality data collection sites across the nation, remotely samples coastal waters every 15 minutes, 365 days a year. Jeremy Miller works on equipment at Wells Harbor, unaware of the mysterious creature that would soon swim under the dock where he stands. Is that Webby?Gigabytes of data are annually collected by the SWMP program and scientists are increasingly using it to spot long-term changes in the Gulf of Maine and other coastal areas.

    But recently Miller, who is also the Maine state coordinator for the Marine Invasive Monitoring and Information Collaborative (MIMIC), saw something he'd never seen before.

    Or at least, he thought he did.

  • Wells Reserve at Laudholm Marks Solar Milestone

    | March 23, 2015 | Filed under: News

    The Wells Reserve at Laudholm has become the first nonprofit in Maine to meet 100 percent of its electricity needs with solar energy, with 248 solar panels that are expected to generate 73,000 kilowatt-hours of electrical energy while preventing 45 tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere each year.

  • Wells Reserve Hosts Workshop on "Blue Carbon" Science

    | December 8, 2014 | Filed under: News

    Group photo of 'blue carbon

    WELLS, Maine, December 8, 2014 — Scientists from around New England met at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve on December 5 for a workshop focused on “blue carbon” science and policy. For the first time, scientists from throughout the region gathered to share research results, identify gaps in knowledge, and plan future collaborations involving carbon in coastal habitats.

    The term “blue carbon” refers to the ability of salt marshes, seagrass meadows, and mangrove forests to take up and store carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Coastal wetlands capture carbon and store it at rates even greater than rainforests.

    “Carbon held naturally in coastal wetlands is not entering the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas, so these habitats have real potential to mitigate climate change,” said Dr. Kristin Wilson, Wells Reserve research director, who co-coordinated the workshop.

  • Laudholm Trust Names New President

    | April 1, 2014 | Filed under: News

    Laudholm Trust's new president, a wild turkey, confers with outgoing president Nik Charov in front of the Laudholm barn. Photo uploaded April 1, 2014.

    WELLS, Maine, April 1, 2014 — A wild turkey of the species Meleagris gallopavo has been hired as the new president of Laudholm Trust, the local nonprofit partner of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, according to Goose Read, chairman of the Trust's Brood of Defectors. A search committee composed of Laudholm Trust brood members and a consulting coyote chose the turkey after reviewing a strong field of candidates from around the Reserve's 2,250 acres. The turkey will work with departing Trust President Nik Charov on the transition.

  • All Seasons Garden Workshops in Wells

    | May 24, 2013 | Filed under: News

    WELLS, Maine, May 21, 2013 — York County Master Gardeners and the Wells Reserve at Laudholm are offering local gardeners several opportunities to improve their knowledge and skills around their home gardening through a series of workshops this summer at the new All Seasons Garden at the reserve.

    All Seasons Garden workshops begin with Sheet Mulching and Home Composting on May 30 and continue with Drip Irrigation on June 4, Yardscaping on June 19, and Four-Season Gardening on August 29. Each two-hour, hands-on workshop begins at 6pm and costs $7 ($5 for members of Laudholm Trust). A special noontime brown-bag talk on Three Sisters Gardening and Companion Planting will be offered June 12 for a $2 suggested donation. See for details and to register in advance for each evening workshop.

  • Highpine Parcel Protected along Merriland River

    | February 1, 2013 | Filed under: News

    For the second time in less than a year, the Town of Wells and the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve have teamed up to protect a key parcel of land in the Merriland River watershed.

    A view of Eaton Brook, a tributary of the Merriland RiverThe 61-acre Highpine Properties parcel consists of forested wetlands, vernal pools, and the headwater streams of the Merriland River. The undeveloped tract has 100 feet of frontage on the Sanford Road (Route 109) and is nestled into the 700-acre Fenderson Wildlife Commons, a designated town conservation area. Protecting the Highpine parcel adds to one of the largest blocks of unfragmented conservation land in southern Maine.