The Wrack

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

Posts tagged flora

  • What's Blooming? Goldenrod

    Ginger Laurits
    | August 8, 2016 | Filed under: Observations

    We have 19 native goldenrod species in Maine, but they're not to blame for itchy eyes and runny noses. The real culprit is ragweed, which blooms at the same time and is pollinated by wind.

  • Timing Is Everything

    | August 6, 2016

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    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 8/7/2016, and Making It At Home's 8/11/2016 issue.

    The orange ruffles hadn’t been there last week, but now they were impossible to miss. Overnight, it seemed, a chicken-of-the-woods had returned to roost on the old oak stump in our yard.

  • Monarch Rescue 2015

    | September 4, 2015

    The Reserve's annual late summer effort to save monarch eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalises from the mowers that cut our fields happened last week. The mowing is essential in preventing the fields from growing into forests over time, and also as a management strategy for invasive species.

    Monarch rescued

    Thanks so much to the eleven volunteers who spent several hours in the warm sunshine combing the ubiquitous milkweed plants for signs of monarchs! We saved 38 caterpillars of all sizes, removing them from the fields that will be mowed within the coming weeks to fields that will not be mowed this year. The smallest of the caterpillars measured less than one inch in length, whereas the largest were several inches long. A handful of monarch butterflies were spotted fluttering over the fields during the rescue mission, providing hope that some of the rescued caterpillars will also reach adulthood.

  • Naming Native Plants

    | July 28, 2015 | Filed under: Observations

    Flowers and foliage abound in the native plant border that welcomes visitors to the reserve. York County Master Gardener volunteers have nurtured the garden over a decade to form a gorgeous display.

  • More than Meets the Eye

    Steffanie Munguia
    | July 1, 2015 | Filed under: Observations

    I have volunteered at environmental centers for most of my life. The most popular question by far is some variation on "Where is everything? We didn't see anything!" They probably saw lots of things — but just didn't notice them.

  • Leafing It All Behind

    | September 17, 2013 | Filed under: Observations

    Punkinfiddle is 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.

  • 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 | Filed under: Program Reports

    Fourteen enthusiastic participants traversed field, forest, and bog to discover late spring wildflowers.