The Wrack

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

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  • Remembering June Ficker

    | February 11, 2016

    It was a blow, that message last Friday.

    • From: Paul Dest
    • To: All Staff
    • Sent: Fri 2/5/2016 11:05 AM

    We have lost a committed conservationist, a lover of birds and of all things wild, a master bird-bander and masterful birder, an excellent teacher and an enthusiastic life-long learner, and one the greatest friends one could ever have.

    June lived an extraordinary life — 91 years of active and engaged living. Her presence will continue to be felt here for years to come.

    Master bird bander June Ficker holds a northern waterthrush during a demonstration at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm.

  • 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 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.

  • Birding in York County

    | October 18, 2011
    Yesterday's Lunch 'n Learn in Mather Auditorium drew over 20 people who were interested in learning more about the birds of York County. Marie Jordan of York County Audubon Society shared her vast knowledge of birds, as well as an impressive slideshow of her bird photographs. Following are just a few of the snippets of information that I documented in my notes from the program: Pine Siskins come throug…
  • Photos from Winter Wildlife Day

    | February 28, 2011

    It was standing room only at the first live animal presentation during last Thursday's Winter Wildlife Day. Here's a look around the auditorium, where the Center for Wildlife, York County Audubon, and the Wells Reserve teamed up for a successful event.

  • Winged Wednesday XVIII: Busy Birders — Survey Tallies 75 Species

    | May 12, 2010

    It's a 20-year tradition: In each season of every year since 1989, birders from the York County Audubon Society have scoured the forests and fields, marshes and beach of the Wells Reserve, intent on counting all the birds they can see or hear in 3 hours. Teams spread out to cover four routes, never knowing what they'll encounter.

    Wild Turkey displayingAt yesterday's post-survey compilation, it was clear that the Muskie and Pilger trails were the hot spot. That's where most of the 127 warblers of 15 species were found.

    Survey coordinator Joanne Stevens and data handler Nancy McReel have shared the full results from one of the birdiest quarterly surveys the Audubon team has done—75 species.…