The Wrack

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

Posts tagged flora

  • A Botanist's Perception of Time

    | June 6, 2013

    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! All it takes is a trip…

    Rhodora blooms in the mossy bogThomas J. Rawinski, botanist with the USDA Forest Service in Durham, New Hampshire, was among the presenters for last week's invasive plant workshop at the reserve. After a day in the auditorium and afield, he mused about his visit and reported on some of what he discovered while here. He was tickled to find lilacs and apples blossoming at the coast, since at his inland locale they had already gone by. And he found a variety of interesting species that don't always draw attention. Tom has kindly permitted us to share his notes and we're pleased to do so (with some light editing).

    Photo: Rhodora in bloom at the edge of the mossy bog.

  • 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

    Arethusa blossomArethusa bulbosaDragon's mouth or swamp-pink — is a perennial herb in the orchid family. In late spring, it can be found blooming in bogs or other swampy areas across much of Canada and the northeastern United States. We're fortunate to have a small population in the bog along the Muskie Trail. The recent construction of a boardwalk through the area is meant in part to help preserve this beauty.

  • Chestnut Trees Arrive at the Wells Reserve

    Wells Reserve Contributor | May 31, 2012

    Twenty small American chestnut trees (Castanea dentata), most no taller than a foot, have found a temporary home within the fenced garden managed by the Master Gardeners of York County. They arrived at the Reserve in the cargo area of Sue Bickford’s Subaru on May 18th as part of the Wells Reserve's Forest Management Plan.

  • 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.

  • Ragged Robin

    | June 26, 2007

    On a recent walk to the upper meadow off the Saw Whet Trial, I came across an old friend. A pretty, frilly little flower called Ragged Robin.