Projects

Reporting on our work, for the record

The Laudholm Census

Volunteers from York County Audubon have been making bird counts at the Wells Reserve four times a year since 1989. During each census, they survey four routes covering salt marsh, beach, forest, and meadow. Over these 30 years, the steady Laudholm Census has documented changes in bird occurrence.

Developing eDNA Methods for Monitoring the Imperiled Rainbow Smelt in Coastal Streams

The Wells Reserve completed the first application of environmental DNA techniques to the detection of imperiled rainbow smelt.

Warming Waters, Female Lobster Movements, and Inshore Larval Recruitment

How will warming coastal waters affect female lobsters and inshore larval recruitment in the Gulf of Maine?

Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship

Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellows address key questions that help scientists and communities understand coastal challenges relating to future policy and management issues. Students receive an annual stipend for research and travel.

Hope Cemetery & Woods Mapping

Friends of Hope Cemetery & Woods wanted to capture and share the history of a Kennebunk landmark, in part by providing a resource for locating graves and preserving the stories of the people buried there. The reserve's GIS lab and students from the University of New England stepped in.

Sub-lethal Impacts of Climate Change on Lobster Reproduction

Can climate change induce reproductive failure in American lobster? Case study of a collapsed stock.

Heritage Apples

The old orchards of Laudholm Farms bear fruit of uncertain ancestry. Our Team Lorax is freeing trees and looking into their provenance.

Southern Maine Beach Profile Monitoring Program

Volunteers in the Southern Maine Beach Profile Monitoring Program monitor 13 beaches from York to South Portland for sand erosion and accretion.

The Resilience Dialogues

Bringing together the shared experiences of National Estuarine Research Reserves in managing conflict during collaborative research projects.

Webhannet Marsh Trail

The ¼-mile Webhannet Marsh Trail, along Harbor Road in Wells, is the Wells Reserve's first ADA-compliant trail.