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.

Hearting Estuaries V

February 10, 2017 By Scott Richardson Filed under Article Tags: congressestuariesnerranerrs

hashtag I Heart Estuaries. Scene of Webhannet Estuary in winter.

Say it with us! Join the 2017 #iheartestuaries campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and IRL on February 12, 13, and 14. Raise your voice on behalf of estuaries. Call out to Congress with a simple message: "I care about estuaries and this is why…"

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The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 2/19/2017, and Making It At Home's 2/16/2017 issue.

Snug fit

Image: Volunteer Cliff Babkirk from Sanford pops in a custom-made window insert at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm’s Visitor Center.


My family and I were some of the last visitors to wander through the Willowbrook Museum in Newfield before it permanently closed last fall. As we perused the houses, barns, and sheds filled with furniture and tools from the 19th century, I felt the vast landscape of time lying between then and now.

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Summer of Art & Science

January 31, 2017 By Scott Richardson Filed under Article Tags: artmusic

Mentioned Nik Charov

Sentinel 3. Sculpture by Gary Haven Smith.Our summer-long sculpture exhibition and sale is here!


65 pieces by 36 artists are on display on the Laudholm campus and along one of our most popular trails.

POWER OF PLACE is curated by June LaCombe SCULPTURE. For 28 years now, June has been installing shows at such destinations as the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and Maine Audubon's Gilsland Farm. For this show, she has invited New England artists to their work here — and incomparable location

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The Rift

January 20, 2017 By Nik Charov Filed under Article Tags: climate changeglobal warmingicetwo worlds

NASA image of the Larsen C rift 11-2016The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 1/22/2017, and Making It At Home's 1/25/2017 issue.

It’s morning in Antarctica. It’s high summer in the Southern Hemisphere, and warmer ocean water and breezes have lifted the temperature on the Larsen C ice shelf to a balmy 32 degrees. Like a rifle shot, the ice occasionally gives off a pop that finds no place to echo across the flat, white, featureless plain.

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2017 save-the-date flier with 'anemone of gyresIn mid-November, member David M. emailed me to say:

"The events of the past week emphasize how important places like the Wells Reserve at Laudholm are in our lives."

Because we’re a national estuarine research reserve, we study the life that exists between low tide and high, between fresh water and salt. Perhaps we’re used to swings between extremes, to the different worlds that are continually uncovered and recovered here. Elections and world events matter to us, sure, but our work goes on no matter what.

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