The Wrack

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

Blog posts: Opinion

  • Parts Per Million

    | June 24, 2017 | Filed under: Opinion

    How can small little bits persist or have any effect?

  • Fools Russian

    | April 1, 2017 | Filed under: Opinion

    Over the past three years, it has been the practice of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm to publish a bit of make-believe each April Fool’s Day. We have posted hoax articles to draw attention to real issues like staff changes, invasive species, and the health of local rivers. Unfortunately, this year the truth-blurring antics of President Trump and his staff have convinced us that adding “fake news” to the local scene, even if only in jest, would be counter-productive and irresponsible.

  • Join the Chorus #2: The Clause Comes Out

    | March 24, 2017 | Filed under: Opinion

    Here are two petitions to sign, one to express your support of the Wells Reserve and another to extend that support to the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

  • Join the Chorus

    | March 10, 2017 | Filed under: Opinion

    An open letter to all lovers of nature, science, beauty, and Maine’s coast.

  • Hearting Estuaries V

    | February 10, 2017 | Filed under: Opinion

    Say it with us! Join the 2017 #iheartestuaries campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and IRL on February 12, 13, and 14. Raise your voice on behalf of estuaries. Call out to Congress with a simple message: "I care about estuaries and this is why…"

  • The First to Die

    | November 11, 2016 | Filed under: Opinion

    If the first casualty of war is the truth, then truth never stood a chance.

  • Yet Another Perfect Storm?

    | October 22, 2016 | Filed under: Opinion

    It’s too early to tally the full damage from Hurricane Matthew, but I watched closely as four research reserves in our national system took the brunt of the storm.

  • What is "Blue Carbon"?

    | December 4, 2014 | Filed under: Opinion

    It sounds cool: Blue carbon. Have you heard of it? What does it make you think?

  • For Peat's Sake

    | October 25, 2014 | Filed under: Opinion

    Three hundred and fifty million years ago, the supercontinent Pangaea floated where you sit today. It was a warm, wet world, bathed in oxygen and soupy seas. The Carboniferous period was a time from which we get a lot of the fossil fuels we now use to power our society.

  • Believe It or Not

    | May 4, 2014 | Filed under: Opinion

    I get to meet many scientists. While it’s hard to understand them sometimes, they are all very decent (and underpaid) people. And they are all as astounded as I am that more than half the country does not believe them when they say climate change is real, that it is happening, and that it is man-made.