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Projects

Reporting on our work, for the record

Tides, Taxes, and New Tactics

Investigating and planning for the economic and social impacts of sea level rise and storm surge with the towns of Kennebunk, Wells, and York.

Salt Marsh Creation in the York River

Tin Smith

Upgrading two tidal crossings restored 5.5 acres of intertidal habitat in the York River estuary.

CoastWise Approach

The CoastWise Approach provides a voluntary set of science-based, field-tested best practices for communities, private road owners, engineers, and others interested in designing climate-resilient road crossings in tidal habitats.

Sentinel Site Synthesis for Four New England Reserves

Combining and analyzing data from 8 salt marshes at 4 New England reserves showed that marshes are becoming wetter, with low marsh areas losing plant cover and high marsh areas becoming more like low marsh over time.

Climate Stewards Lecture Series

Since 2013, the reserve has hosted guest speakers who discuss the causes, consequences, and responses to climate change.

Kennebunk River Watershed-based Management Plan

The Wells Reserve joins an effort to address water quality impairments in the Kennebunk River watershed.

Managing Young Forests to Benefit the New England Cottontail

The Maine New England Cottontail Conservation Coordinator will create 400 acres of new young forest habitat and provide technical assistance to 50 landowners.

Comparing Salt Marsh Crab Effects across New England Reserves

Abundance and impacts by crabs vary dramatically between sites in northern and southern New England. This study provides improved context for managers and researchers when considering impacts to marshes from multiple crab species across the region.

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.