The Wrack

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

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  • Watermark, Fall 2017

    | December 6, 2017 | Filed under: News

    Our fall 2017 newsletter is here.

  • Watermark, Summer 2017

    | July 28, 2017 | Filed under: News

    View the Summer 2017 issue of Watermark, our member newsletter.

  • Watermark, Summer 2016

    | September 1, 2016
    In the summer 2016 issue of Watermark: More Than the Sum of Its Parts Nik's Notebook Teachers Collect Ideas for New Student Projects June Ficker, Ever Enlightening A New Era …
  • Letting It Flow

    | November 20, 2015

    Restoring Streams and the Pulse of Tides

    Three small projects with outsize impact have been focusing the reserve's attention in this latter half of 2015. Completing these minor feats of engineering will improve the ecology of local watersheds for generations to come. Our science and stewardship team planned for months and years to set up these moments of action on Goff Mill Brook, Branch Brook, and the York River.

  • Watermark, Fall 2015

    | November 9, 2015
    In the fall 2015 issue of Watermark: Letting it Flow: Restoring Streams and the Pulse of Tides Sea Changes St. Nic…
  • Watermark, Summer 2015

    | July 23, 2015
    In the summer 2015 issue of Watermark: In it for the Long Run: Research associate Jeremy Miller desc…
  • In It for the Long Run

    | July 23, 2015

    Jeremy Miller holds daughter Camille and water testing instrument in the research lab.

    Jeremy Miller embraces the long view. His projects depend on it. As lead technician for our system-wide monitoring program (SWMP), as state coordinator for monitoring marine invasives (MIMIC), and as lead scientist on the reserve’s larval fish study, Jeremy adds pieces to puzzles without predefined shape. He knows that patterns begin to emerge only after years of methodical, meticulous data collection.

  • Watermark, Fall 2014

    | December 2, 2014
    In this issue of Watermark: King Tide 2014 For Peat's Sake: Storing Carbon in Coastal Wetlands Up Front: Kayak Tours, Maine Island Trail, Soundscapes, Larval Fish, Branch Brook, SWMP, MIMIC 2020 Vision Sandy Dialogues: Preparing for…
  • Finding Common Ground on Maine's Beaches

    | November 3, 2014

    Drakes Island beach scenceIn 1989, after a few years away, my wife and I moved back to Maine. Just a few months earlier, the Maine Supreme Court had handed down its “Moody Beach decision,” confining public use of privately owned beach property to the colonial era’s permitted uses of “fishing, fowling and navigation.” As someone with a profound love for the Maine coast, I read the court’s decision with great personal and professional interest.

    For most of my career, I have worked to conserve special places in Maine — to protect natural resources and to provide the public with access to the coast. Realizing that 2014 would mark 25 years since “Moody,” I organized a public lecture series so people could better understand and appreciate the legal issues surrounding public access and private ownership of coastal lands.

    This summer and fall the Reserve hosted four evenings that involved all the key players from “Moody” and subsequent court cases dealing with coastal access in Maine. Each time, we filled the auditorium to capacity.

    It was a great experience for all of us. Together we learned that Maine is not an anomaly; other states have access conflicts and must also contend with legal ambiguities over shoreline use and ownership.

  • Watermark, Summer 2014

    | July 29, 2014

    Cover of Watermark 31(1): Summer 2014 with scary green crab illustrationNik's Notebook: Welcome, Invaders!

    Maine has historically (and, at times, comically) viewed those "from away" with great suspicion and even scorn. Rightly so, when it comes to invasive, non-native species like mouse ear snails, red algae, and European green crabs that all now impinge on our Gulf. These diabolical intruders, and many more, are a horror story for our coast, but they're just one tale in this Summer 2014 issue of Watermark, your beach reading from the Wells Reserve at Laudholm.

    Because while these aquatic invaders may come "from away," so too do our annual fresh-faced summer interns, our many excellent research partners, and continual new ideas. And truly, Southern Maine's beach towns would be ghost towns without our summer tourists. So we welcome all these new arrivals to the Wells Reserve at Laudholm and hope they take back home with them, from their visits or even just by reading this summer newsletter, a little bit of "the way life should be." Or could be, anyway, with a little more science, education, and conservation.

    Have a wonderful summer. Do come over; it's your Reserve!

    Download the Summer 2014 Watermark