The Wrack

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Posts tagged vernal pool

  • Cool Pools

    | April 20, 2015

    I had a very busy weekend. I led vernal pool walks for both the Kittery Land Trust and the Great Works Regional Land Trusts on conserved properties known for their vernal pool habitats. But not only was I busy, so were the inhabitants of these very cool pools.

    tatnic woodsall photos: Brenna Crothers

  • Stars of the Yankee Woodlot: Susan Bickford

    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…
  • Earth Week Highlights

    | April 25, 2014

    Music, fun, education, & stewardship converged during April school vacation week at the Reserve! Roughly 150 people celebrated Earth Day with us on Tuesday, families learned lots from whale enthusiast Tony Viehmann on Wednesday, and an excited group of day campers explored vernal pools on Thursday.

    Lisa Judd came with her kids on Earth Day and had this to say:

    The Earth Day function was fantastic! The kids had a great time with all the activities and walked through every tide pool on the beach. They ended the day soaked and smiling! Perfect!

    Lots more programming for children, families, and adults is on the horizon for the spring and summer!

    Photos (below):

    1. Matt Loosigan of Earth Jams sings to the crowd
    2. Parachute fun on the lawn
    3. Giving the Earth a hug
    4. Walking to Laudholm Beach for the beach clean-up
    5. Tony Viehmann with narwhal whale tusk tooth
    6. Learning whale anatomy with a clam shell toss
    7. Searching for stream critters
    8. Dressing up like a water critter
    9. Making friends with a Spring Azure butterfly
  • V.I.P.S. (Very Important Pollywogs & Salamanders)

    | April 24, 2014

    Jarad HomolaLast week, UMaine Ph.D. candidate Jared Homola and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Krista Capps visited three vernal pools at the reserve as part of Jared's research into how urbanization affects vernal pools and influences the organisms within them. He is especially interested in how abrupt climate change can impact the persistence of ecologically important species and the genetic basis for the ecosystem services they provide.

  • Salamander Stewards

    | April 16, 2013

    Last week, five local families participated in the Preschool Story Hour featuring Sarah Marwil Lamstein's Big Night for Salamanders. The "Big Night" is the first warm and rainy night in the spring when salamanders and frogs migrate to the vernal pool where they were born, to breed and lay their eggs.

    Helping salamanders

    Lamstein's story follows a young boy and his family as they set out on the Big Night to help spotted salamanders cross a nearby road. They stop cars, encourage drivers to slow down, and carefully pick up salamanders and place them close to the vernal pool where they are headed. The story provides a wonderful stewardship message, and encourages all of us to be mindful of wildlife crossing our roadways.