The Wrack

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

Posts tagged habitat

  • To Mow or Not to Mow

    | November 20, 2019 | Filed under: Observations

    To mow or not to mow is not really a question. Active management of open habitats is essential for ensuring certain species can thrive.

  • The Landscape of Sound

    Larissa Holland
    | August 8, 2018 | Filed under: Observations

    Recording in three distinct habitats at different times of the day and the year is creating a soundscape for long-term studies.

  • Stars of the Yankee Woodlot: Paul Dest

    Wells Reserve Contributor | August 12, 2014
    As you walk the loop trails in the Yankee Woodlot, check out our new interpretive signs! On each sign, you'll learn a little more about the Yankee Woodlot timber harvest project. Be sure to also check out these informational videos featuring some of the stars of the Yankee Woodlot project, which can be accessed using the QR codes found on each of the four signs on the trail. You can also view and read…
  • Creating Habitat for Bats

    | October 22, 2013

    This past Saturday evening, over 20 community members participated in the "Bats: Friends of the Evening Sky" program offered in partnership with the Center for Wildlife. We all learned about the many myths surrounding bats and the real truths (they don't fly into human hair, there are only 3 species of vampire bats among the over 1,200 species of bats worldwide, and vampire bats do not live in the United States—they live in tropical climates and prey primarily on livestock). Brownie

    We were amazed to learn, too, that Maine's insectivorous bats eat 1,000 mosquitoes in a single night! The next time a mosquito bites you, think of all the mosquito control bats provide us!

  • Thank You, Troop 356!

    | September 24, 2013

    BirdhouseThanks to the aspiring Eagle Scouts of Troop 356, the Wells Reserve now has new real estate options for its nesting avian neighbors! This group of generous and hard-working scouts crafted and installed five new bluebird houses at the Reserve this month, and we have already had at least one bluebird fly in for a closer look. An additional ten birdhouses were donated by the Troop, to be used for a community birdhouse workshop at the Reserve in the spring of 2014. Many thanks to Troop 356 for your kind gift!

  • Fields Burned to Maintain Grassland Habitat

    | April 29, 2013

    Protected Lands sign with prescribed burn in backgroundPeriodic controlled burns are an excellent tool for strengthening grassland habitat. Once upon a time wild fires occurred regularly, but today it's not sensible to let fires rage across the landscape. Without an occasional burn, though, New England grasslands gradually succeed to shrublands and then to forests.

  • Post-Restoration Fish Habitat Monitoring for Shoreys Brook

    | March 2, 2012


    Determine the presence or absence of diadromous rainbow smelt and appropriate habitat within the restored area of Shoreys Brook

    Project Period

    March and April 2012

  • Providing Bat Habitat

    | November 9, 2011

    Charles, Mark, and Frank installed seven bat houses within four of the Reserve's fields today, in an effort to provide habitat for the local population of these insectivorous flying mammals who eat up to 1,000 insects per hour. Below are pictures taken during one of the installations. We are hoping that bats will move in to this new real estate in the spring!

    Bat house 1

  • Picture Post: Monitoring Habitat Change Over Time

    | June 18, 2010

    Quick Links: OverlookBeachFieldSalt MarshYankee Woodlot

    With a camera and a computer you have everything you need to monitor habitat change over time at the Wells Reserve.

  • Hunting for Beached Birds: SEANET

    | March 17, 2010

    Beached Eider

    "You never know what the day will bring!" That is especially true of my job as Natural Resource Specialist here at the Wells Reserve. For instance, last week my task was to walk down the length of Laudholm Beach with Nancy Viehmann in search of beached birds. This is part of a monthly survey for a nationwide program called SEANET.

    The Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET), based at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, is an ongoing project assessing seabird mortality along the eastern seaboard of the United States. Over 100 citizen scientists volunteer to walk an assigned stretch of beach once or twice a month, record environmental data and report both dead and live birds seen on the beach.