The Wrack

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

Posts tagged nature

  • Supporting the Troops

    | October 21, 2017 | Filed under: Opinion

    Can the Wells Reserve offer an antidote to the poison of war?

  • The Peculiar Creature Darwin

    | February 7, 2016

    Uncle Chuck

    Shhh... don't tell anyone about my grand idea...

     

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition of 2/7/16 and Making It At Home Thursday edition, 2/11/2016.

     

    On February 12, 1809, two boys were born, one in England, one in Kentucky. Though separated by an ocean they were, by the end of their lives, united in genius, vision, and courage.

  • The Outlook from January 8

    | January 8, 2016

    It's been well over a week since our few inches of snow fell and we've been through a a number of melt/freeze cycles over that time. Skis and snowshoes won't be much fun; wear sturdy boots and take your time on the uneven and sometimes icy surface.

    NWS forecast graphic for January 9-10, 2016Weather is not looking great. Your best bet this weekend is probably Saturday afternoon. Be careful early Saturday, as the roads might be slick. The skies brighten for the start of the work week.

    We have no public programs this weekend, and the Visitor Center is closed until April, but next Wednesday at lunch time Sue Bickford will talk about Soundscape Ecology in Mather Auditorium.

  • Raising a Scientist

    Wells Reserve Contributor | June 24, 2015

    science!

    On one of my first days here at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, I was given a very simple task by my supervisor: familiarize yourself with the exhibit areas.  As the sunlight illuminated the office floor and the cool breeze rushed through my window, as if beckoning me to go outside for a walk, staying indoors was the exact opposite of the interesting afternoon I had in mind.  Reading displays and interpretive signs for hours seemed incredibly boring.

    Thankfully, I was wrong.

  • Preschoolers Connecting with Nature

    | June 18, 2015


    Head Start nature walkThirteen Head Start preschools from across York County visited the Reserve on numerous occasions this past year to experience the great outdoors and make exciting wildlife discoveries. They came in the fall, winter, and spring seasons to hear a nature-based story, meet a variety of animal puppets, create a related craft to take home, and walk the trails while engaged in scavenger hunts and sensory adventures.

  • Mothering Nature

    | May 10, 2015

    Catch me, mom!

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 5/10/2015.

    Because I love science, and because I have kids, I watch a lot of nature films. My favorite bit of animal cinema involves day-old ducklings emerging from a hole in a tree trunk and plummeting 50 feet down to the leaf-strewn ground below. Their stubby wings flap in vain, but the baby wood ducks all survive. Ducklings bounce, it turns out. Their mother, who had been waiting (anxiously? nonchalantly? impatiently?) for them to emerge, guides them to a nearby lake. Their real lives begin.

  • From the Corner: Winter's End

    David Morse
    | April 14, 2015 | Filed under: Observations

    A tough winter gives way and spring is in the air.

  • My Favorite Science and Nature Stories of 2014

    | December 26, 2014

    The Strummer snail

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 12/28/2014.

    I sat in the tire shop the day before Christmas, waiting for the technician to switch my summer tires for winter ones, and scrutinized my fingers. I’d recently read an article about new biological research that pointed to a possible explanation for one of the great mysteries that has bedeviled mankind for millennia: why DO our fingers get wrinkly in the bath?