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  • 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

  • Watermark, Summer 2013

    | August 1, 2013
    In this issue of Watermark: Switching to Solar Completed and Active Projects Nik's Notebook: Giants Honors for Education Selections from The Wrack Spiffed Up…
  • Turning Down the Heat

    | January 3, 2013

    Water tower in winterThe Wells Reserve at Laudholm is special. Not a day passes that we don’t think of this unique place as a gift to those of us who work here, to the wildlife that abounds here, to the coast of Maine and to the international community of estuaries, and of course to our members and to the public.

    Because so much of our operating support comes from our members and donors, we believe it is in the best service to you and your gifts that we operate as efficiently and effectively as possible.

  • Watermark Newsletter for Autumn 2012

    | December 3, 2012

    Contents of the Fall 2012 issue of Watermark include…

  • Science: Building Upon the Work of Others

    | September 5, 2012

    Dr. Jennifer Dijkstra measures a snail with calipers.Jennifer Dijkstra was always going to be a scientist. As a child summering on Grand Manan, she clambered over the island’s rocky shoreline grabbing fistfuls of seaweed and peering into shallow waters to spy on crabs and snails. This summer she’s been doing the same thing, but with three degrees of separation (BS, MS, and PhD), she now calls her objects of interest Ascophyllum, Carcinus, and Littorina.

    For many budding biologists, the journey from tide pool playground to salt marsh research transect stops short. For Dr. Dijkstra, research scientist at the Wells Reserve, the dream came true.

  • Mercury Level in Estuarine Fish Rises with Warming Temperatures

    | September 5, 2012

    Since her arrival at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm in 2008, research scientist Dr. Jennifer Dijkstra has followed two main lines of inquiry. In addition to investigating seaweed, crab, and snail interactions in the salt marsh, she has also looked into how climate change may affect mercury accumulation in coastal food webs.

    When Jenn started her post-doctoral fellowship, research director Michele Dionne asked her to work on mercury. "It was a little daunting," Jenn admits. "I had never worked on contaminants, and mercury is not a straightforward contaminant."

  • Watermark newsletter for Summer 2012

    | September 5, 2012

    Contents of the Summer 2012 issue of Watermark include…

  • Watermark Newsletter for Fall 2011

    | December 1, 2011

    Contents of the Fall 2011 issue of Watermark include…

  • Restoring Habitat for Migratory Fish in Shoreys Brook

    | November 30, 2011

    On a classic October morning, a research team heads to the Eliot–South Berwick line, where a private landowner has opened his property for a Wells Reserve study of fish and fish habitat. Parking the pickup at the end of a long hayfield, the five gather up gear and step into a middle-aged pine-oak forest, then head downslope past ferns and toppled trees till the trail goes wet underfoot, the canopy breaks, and they stand at the edge of Shoreys Brook. This is headquarters for the next few hours. It is one of eight sites along the brook’s 4.3 miles being surveyed for resident and migratory fish, and their habitat, in advance of a planned dam removal downstream.