The Wrack

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

Posts tagged flora

  • Leafing It All Behind

    | September 17, 2013

    coming soon to a beech near you

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 9/22/13 [the fall equinox]:

    This week the Wells Reserve at Laudholm is abuzz with preparations for our annual Punkinfiddle Family Festival, a rite of fall for this old New England farm. It’s our last big event of The Busy Season, and it always makes the fourth week of September feel like a “the turning point” – exit summer, enter fall. Frost threatens, jackets are located, the kids are ensconced once more in school. Water toys and pleasure craft are tucked away with the rest of summer’s memories; winter is coming and it’s time to pull back.

  • A Botanist's Perception of Time

    | June 6, 2013 | Filed under: Observations

    A botanist’s perception of time is measured by the coming and going of flowers. We can’t stop it, but we have the ability to rewind it.

  • Kate Furbish Lunch 'n' Learn

    | September 28, 2012

    Dick Eaton accepts a birthday cake from Nancy ViehmannHe was in Mather Auditorium to talk about Maine's pioneering amateur botanist, Catherine Furbish, but Dick Eaton hadn't even begun his remarks before Nancy Viehmann snuck into the room with a surprise cake. Dick was humbled by the public recognition of his 89th birthday, but quickly recovered. "I can't tell you how happy I am to be able to present to you today."

  • Monarchs Rescued!

    | August 22, 2012

    Last week, a group of sixteen devoted volunteers set to work to rescue the eggs and caterpillars of the Monarch Butterfly. Within the next week or two, many of the fields at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm will be mowed. Annual mowing of select fields is necessary to prevent important field habitat from growing up into forests, and to combat the spread of invasive species. The mowing is done in late summer, after field nesting birds like the Bobolink have finished rearing their young.

  • Wildflowers Abound!

    | June 19, 2012

    On Sunday, botanist Boot Boutwell led fourteen enthusiastic participants through field, forest, and bog to explore late spring wildflowers. It was a picture perfect day and we all learned new natural history and identification techniques while observing myriad beautiful species! Below is just a sampling.

  • Dragon's Mouth in the Bog

    | June 6, 2012 | Filed under: Observations

    Dragon's mouth is a perennial herb in the orchid family that blooms in the bog along the Muskie Trail.

  • Chestnut Trees Arrive at the Wells Reserve

    | May 31, 2012 | Filed under: Program Reports

    Twenty chestnut trees arrived at the reserve in May for planting in the Yankee Woodlot.

  • Trees Planted Along Entry Drive

    | October 14, 2011

    Balled trees on the trailer they arrived onThe Reserve recently received 12 trees from a nursery in midcoast Maine, thanks to the Maine Forest Service's "Project Canopy." This week, Charles, volunteer Mark Klys, and the AmeriCorps team planted them along the entry road, where they will serve as a wind break and visual buffer.

  • Tiny Orchids

    Hannah Wilhelm
    | June 10, 2008 | Filed under: Observations

    A naturalist turns up early coralroot under a skunk cabbage leaf.

  • Northern Blazing Star discovered at Wells Reserve

    | November 15, 2007

    While marking fields for mowing on the newly acquired Lord Parcel this past August, Reserve Manager Paul Dest was thrilled to discover two stems of the showy yet threatened native plant, the Northern Blazing Star. Paul made sure the lonely stalks were well marked to avoid being mowed over.