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The Wrack

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

Posts tagged wildlife

  • Education to the Rescue!

    Wells Reserve Contributor | January 28, 2014

    On December 16th, Suzanne called my office from her car on Laudholm Farm Road to alert me that she had spotted a Canada goose who seemed to be acting strange. The goose had been on or near the road as Suzanne drove by, and when she did it flew into the air, seemed to hesitate as another car approached, and then landed in a bush. When I arrived, the goose remained very still in the bush, only moving to peer at us cautiously. After a call to the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, we decided the goose's behavior was suspect enough to bring her in to the experts.

  • Winter Wildlife Day #3

    | February 22, 2013

    Owl on faceWells Reserve, Center for Wildlife, and York County Audubon Society partnered yesterday to offer the third annual Winter Wildlife Day, and 150 people attended! Activities included live animal presentations with non-releasable wildlife ambassadors, tracking walks, face painting, and the creation of plaster track casts, owl window decorations to prevent bird strikes, and binoculars. Snowshoes were available to use on the trails, and hot cocoa greeted visitors when they returned from the outdoors. It was a bustling day with lots of smiling faces!

  • Winter Trekkers Camp Fun!

    | February 21, 2013

    Running campersWe had loads of fun with campers this week during school vacation! Both days of Winter Trekkers Camp brought us out on the trails of the Reserve, exploring tracks and scat that wildlife left behind, searching for camouflaged rabbits, looking into tidepools at the beach, and wearing our scientist hats to test the temperature of varied mini-habitats.

  • Wassailing for Wildlife

    | December 12, 2012

    Karen wears her wolf hatLast night's Wassailing for Wildlife program brought children and adults alike out onto the Reserve's trails for a festive evening of caroling. Participants met indoors to enjoy holiday treats, and then wrote wishes for wildlife to hang on the Reserve's Christmas tree. Several participants even dressed in costume as wolves, an otter, and a polar bear!

    Karen Stathoplos, Laudholm Trust Finance Coordinator and professional singer/actor, led the group in song… all the way to Laudholm Beach! It was a beautiful night, especially at twilight with the sunset's colors illuminating the trees.

  • Winter Wildlife Day 2

    | February 24, 2012

    The crowd enjoys a great horned owl from the Center for WildlifeHere are a few images from the second Winter Wildlife Day, held during school vacation week with help from York County Audubon and the Center for Wildlife. Despite the lack of snow, folks had a good time. The rain showers seemed to arrive when everyone was inside for presentations and the sun came out when it was time for the trail walks.

  • Albino porcupine and friend spotted along trails

    Wells Reserve Contributor | February 3, 2012

    A quick lunch-time trail hike turned into an exciting wildlife tracking adventure this afternoon for two members of the Education Staff! After turning onto the Pilger Trail from the Laudholm Connector, we noticed the very distinct tracks below. See if you can spot them!

  • Center for Wildlife Visit

    | August 23, 2011
    Last week, the Center for Wildlife made their final visit of the summer to the Wells Reserve. Members of the public (including Talia Kremser, the photographer for this blog entry) who came to this "Nocturnal Mammals" program were treated to up-close encounters with several non-releasable rescued animal ambassadors. First, Edna the albino porcupine stole the hearts of the audience. She climbed up her crate, …