The Wrack

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

Posts tagged sea level rise

  • Nik's Notebook: Small Things

    | June 29, 2021 | Filed under: Opinion

    It’s been a year with time for introspection and musing on the small things in life. How our lives, our economies, our governments and societies were turned upside down by a tiny coronavirus, each only 100 billionths of a meter in size. It boggles the mind but perhaps it shouldn’t.

  • Gulf of Maine 2050 Symposium

    | December 19, 2019 | Filed under: Program Reports

    The Wells Reserve was well represented at a conference focused on challenges and opportunities for regional resilience in the face of climate change.

  • Green Crab 2019 Update

    | August 21, 2019 | Filed under: Program Reports

    When green crabs arrived in New England more than 150 years ago, they found an unoccupied ecological niche in Maine’s salt marshes. Despite their long occupancy, great abundance, and serious impacts, there is a lot left to learn about green crabs. The reserve’s latest research has focused on understanding seasonal movements, population structure, sexual maturity, and effects on habitats.

  • Local Planners Say: Better Safe Than Sorry

    | December 4, 2018 | Filed under: Program Reports

    In October, representatives from 10 southern Maine beach communities gathered to share their experiences preparing for coastal storms, particularly in the context of rising seas. We report some of what we heard during the half-day program.

  • Carrying Salt Marsh Data Forward

    | November 29, 2018 | Filed under: Program Reports

    New England's four research reserves are positioning themselves as Sentinel Sites through meticulous long-term environmental monitoring.

  • Teaching about Coastal Impacts of Climate Change

    | March 11, 2017

    We are putting teachers on the estuary again this summer by offering a free workshop that will give educators data-driven climate change activities to bring back to their classes. The workshop will train up to ten educators in reserve-style environmental monitoring, "coastal blue carbon" concepts, and ways to understand and address climate change.

  • A Warming Planet

    | July 10, 2014 | Filed under: Program Reports

    Climate Reality Project's Allen Armstrong delivered an info-packed update to An Inconvenient Truth 8 years after its release.

  • Greenland is Melting

    | May 30, 2014

    Gordon HamiltonDr. Gordon Hamilton of the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute presented his "Why the Arctic Matters" lecture on Wednesday evening, providing attendees with a first-hand account of his research findings on Greenland's ice sheets. He first explained that the Arctic is a system, connected to the rest of the world through its oceans. What happens in the Arctic affects life in the Gulf of Maine. His research findings are alarming.

  • Love Is in the Light and in the Water

    | February 9, 2014 | Filed under: Opinion

    As we rebound from winter’s darkest depths, springs begins to stir in the hormonal systems of other species, particularly those who mate seasonally. Chemically, love is arriving. How did St. Valentine know?

  • A Thanksgiving Toast to the Coast

    | November 23, 2013

    Aerial image looking south toward Wells Bay

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 11/24/13:

    Many of the staff of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm were in West Virginia this past week for the annual conference of the 28 national estuarine research reserves. Researchers, educators, conservationists, land managers and even evangelists like me pulled ourselves away from our coastal homes to share ideas, hammer out new projects for 2014, and do some good old-fashioned colleague schmoozing.

    I flew out of Portland on a sparkling, "unlimited visibility" Monday afternoon. My Southwest flight passed three miles above the Wells Reserve, giving me the rare opportunity to get a live bird's eye view of our little corner of the Maine coast. Looking down, I smiled quietly over how beautiful and tranquil the place looked.