The Wrack

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

Posts tagged native plants

  • Thinning the Herd

    David Morse
    | December 1, 2015 | Filed under: Observations

    I took a hike on a brisk November morning and was surprised to see a man in camouflage preparing to shoulder his bow beside the Muskie Trail entrance. I learned he was a hunter participating in the reserve's annual deer harvest program.

    This program was initiated because of ecological problems caused by an overpopulation of deer. Because the reserve uplands are a designated state wildlife sanctuary, no hunting had been allowed for decades. The deer density in the 1990s was estimated at 100 per square mile, while a healthy "carrying capacity" is closer to 15/mi2. Locals report having seen the field along the Muskie Trail full of deer in early mornings and evenings.

    Two White-tailed Deer in snow. Photo by Frank Wolfe.

  • 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.

  • Going native in your garden

    | March 8, 2008
    Laudholm Native Plant Sale pre-orders are now being accepted. Plan ahead and get your order in by May 2 (it's pre-order only again this year). We've added an online form to make it easy. Volunteers Pat Smith and Lynn Jourdan, who coordinate the sale, have put together a great list of 40 species native to Maine. Whether you have already started incorporating native plants into your landscape, here are Pat's……
  • 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.