The Wrack

 blog of the wells reserve at laudholm

The Wrack is our collective logbook on the web. Here you will find hundreds of articles on myriad topics, all tied to these two thousand acres of protected coastal land and the yesteryear cluster that lends them identity.

Why "The Wrack"? In its cycles of ebb and flow, the sea transports a melange of weed, shell, bone, feather, wood, rope, and trash from place to place, then deposits it at the furthest reach of spent surf. This former flotsam is full of interesting stuff for anybody who cares to kneel and take a look. Now and then, the line of wrack reveals a treasure.

Join the Chorus

March 10, 2017 By Nik Charov Filed under Article Tags: congressnerranerrsnoaa

Wood Frog photo. [shutterstock]

An open letter to all lovers of nature, science, beauty, and Maine’s coast:

It’s one of the sublime pleasures of my job, each spring, to hear the wood frogs at dusk at the Wells Reserve. Their annual chorus fills me with hope. Hope for longer, warmer days. Hope for the blooms of spring and the thrills of summer.

That vernal awakening is weeks away, but over the past few days my heart was lifted by another kind of chorus — yours.

You responded heartily and quickly to OPPOSE a proposal to eliminate the entire National Estuarine Research Reserve System, including Maine’s own Wells Reserve. An early budget from the new Trump administration showed a profound disregard for the value of the 29 national reserves, these national treasures.

I say "no thank you." No way, no how. I'm adding my voice to those who want to save these places of science and wonder. But we still need more voices in the chorus.

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Last Update: May 23, 2017 (scroll down)

Screenshot of Portland Press Herald story by Colin Woodard on proposed cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Today's article by Colin Woodard in the Portland Press Herald has raised some concern about the possible plight of the Wells and Great Bay reserves. We appreciate your support and we promise to keep you informed about this developing story.

The release of the "budget memo" for NOAA from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is an expression of the Trump administration's spending priorities for the agency. We have not seen anything official, so all the information is based on the memo that the Washington Post obtained late last week.

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Summer Camps 2017

March 8, 2017 By Suzanne Kahn Filed under Article Tags: camps

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I Heart Estuaries campaign graphic, 2017We like the sound of a new caucus announced this week. The Congressional Estuary Caucus is a bipartisan group focused on the importance of estuaries to the nation's environment, communities, and economy.

Representatives from four coastal states founded the caucus. Bill Posey (Florida), Suzanne Bonamici (Oregon), Frank LoBiondo (New Jersey), and Rick Larsen (Washington) will serve as caucus co-chairs during the 115th Congress.

Twenty-seven House members have joined the new caucus as of this writing. Maine Representatives Pingree and Poliquin have not signed on… yet.

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Winter Wildlife Day #7

February 28, 2017 By Suzanne Kahn Filed under Article Tags: birdstrackingwildlifewinter wildlife day

For seven years strong, the Reserve has partnered with Center for Wildlife and York County Audubon to offer Winter Wildlife Day during Maine's school vacation week. Last week, on a balmy February morning with 50 degree temperatures, nearly 200 people attended this family-friendly free event. Some even stayed into the afternoon to sled down the farmhouse hill on the fast disappearing snowpack, and observe a snow sculpture artist in action.

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