The Wrack

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

Posts tagged estuary

  • Eighth Kayaking Season is Underway!

    | June 26, 2018 | Filed under: News

    Join us for a paddling excursion on the Little River Estuary this summer!

  • Another Stellar Kayaking Season!

    | November 1, 2017 | Filed under: Program Reports

    The kayaks are nestled all snug in their winter beds, with visions of the 2018 Little River Estuary paddling season dancing in their heads.

  • Workshop Exceeds Teachers' Expectations

    | July 31, 2017 | Filed under: Program Reports

    Teachers on the Estuary program continues its impact with fifteen educators in attendance this year.

  • Kayaking on the Little River Estuary

    | March 27, 2017

    Paddle on calm and quiet waters while observing wildlife and learning about the natural history of estuaries, our treasured habitats.

  • Kayak Tours 2016

    | April 11, 2016

    kayakPaddle on calm and quiet waters while observing wildlife and learning about the natural history of estuaries, our treasured habitats.

    2016 is our sixth year offering these popular guided tours led by registered Maine Kayak Guides.

  • Kayak Season Recap

    | December 30, 2015

    As the first snow of the season fell outside my window yesterday, with our fleet of kayaks safely stored in the barn for the winter, I compiled the evaluation results from our fifth kayak season at the Reserve. Sixteen kayaking programs were held between early July and early October (eighteen were scheduled, but two were cancelled due to high winds/small craft advisories) and 82 people participated. Sixty-one of these paddlers completed evaluations immediately following the program. This is the first year we've conducted a formal evaluation of the program. What valuable information did the evaluations provide? Lots!

  • Tidal Rave

    | September 20, 2014

    Little River estuary salt marsh. © Jeff Stevensen

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 9/21/2014.

    With a too-short summer and the back-to-school fracas, anyone would be pardoned for missing the official Congressional resolution naming this coming week “National Estuaries Week,” the annual celebration of the places where rivers meet the sea.

    Before you get too excited, please understand that the resolution is merely pending, and that estuaries don’t get the whole month. According to Congress, the entire 30 days of September have, in recent years, been reserved for Gospel Music Heritage, Bourbon Heritage, Prostate Cancer Awareness, Childhood Obesity, Honey, and even Self-Awareness. (And you thought our legislators didn’t do anything – shame on you.)

    Resolved or not, 1/52nd of a year certainly seems like a worthy amount of time to devote to estuaries, those humble places of mud and marsh that do so much.

  • Love Is in the Light and in the Water

    | February 9, 2014

    Photo by Sofi Hindmarch, Delta Farmland Trust

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune and Making It At Home Sunday editions, 2/9/2014.

    Recent snows to the contrary, believe me when I say the sun is already stronger this month. Higher in the sky every day, the sun hangs out longer and illuminates what was, last month, in shadow. For those afflicted by Seasonal Affective Disorder, the hardest days have passed. As we rebound from winter’s darkest depths, springs begins to stir in the hormonal systems of other species, particularly those who mate seasonally. Chicken-keepers, awake -- egg production should, the science says, begin to naturally increase. Birders, delight -- as the sun returns, testosterone blooms with it and male birds will grow more colorful and vocal in preparation for their season of love. (The technical term for these seasonal environmental cues is the wonderful German word zeitgeber, or “time giver,” coined by Jürgen Aschoff, a founding father in the field of chronobiology.) Chemically, love is arriving. …how did St. Valentine know?

  • Teachers on the Estuary: Climate Stewards in Action

    | April 24, 2013

    Project Summary

    Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) is a 4-day field and research-based summer workshop designed for middle and high school science teachers. The workshop aims to improve teacher and student understanding of the environment using local examples, and to provide resources and experience to support the incorporation of climate change, ecosystem services, systems thinking, service learning, estuary and watershed topics into classroom teaching. The course is also designed to promote stewardship of watersheds and estuaries. Following the summer workshop, teachers implement a stewardship project with students throughout the school year, using a $200 mini-grant through TOTE. Teachers also commit to attending a half-day fall follow up session to report on their stewardship project progress.