The Wrack

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

Blog posts: Opinion

  • 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.

  • Wing'd XXXIV: Quite a Wrack Racket

    | September 30, 2015 | Filed under: Opinion

    The wrack is an "ecological treasure trove" as well as a thorny beach management issue. At the reserve's Laudholm Beach, take the time to look at the wrack community and appreciate its unique contribution to a complex environment.

  • Mothering Nature

    | May 10, 2015 | Filed under: Opinion

    I watch a lot of nature films. My favorite bit of animal cinema involves day-old ducklings emerging from a hole in a tree trunk and plummeting 50 feet down to the leaf-strewn ground below. Their mother guides them to a nearby lake. Their real lives begin.

  • Black Gold?

    | April 25, 2015 | Filed under: Opinion

    We’ve known for decades the high costs of digging up and burning oil, coal, and natural gas. Science, and now morality, implore us to find cleaner, more guilt-free energy sources.

  • Maine’s Warmer but Sunnier Future

    | March 29, 2015 | Filed under: Opinion

    For the past thirty years (and counting), each month has been warmer than its average. We may remember, year to year, locally colder Januarys or cooler Julys, but around the world, our collective thermometers have not seen a dip for 360 straight months. 

  • An Ode to Pi

    | March 14, 2015 | Filed under: Opinion

    Perfectly reliable and yet completely unknowable, pi is one of those great Absolute Truths that seem to only exist in mathematics. It’s one of only a few beautiful round pearls buried in the sands of space and time. How can you not love it, even envy it a little?

  • The Great Thing About Science Is...

    | January 15, 2015 | Filed under: Opinion

    It is NOT about easy answers, shortcuts, or even a-ha revelations. Why on earth is that great?