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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

A series of small units in the national wildlife refuge system are named for Rachel Carson, the US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist who wrote so eloquently about marine life and who shocked the public into caring about the wanton misuse of pesticides. Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge stretches intermittently from Kittery to Portland, and in Wells there are two units, at Webhannet Marsh and -- a few miles farther north -- at the headquarters. Both areas protect fine salt marshes.

Laudholm Farm, just to the south of headquarters, is the delightful 1,600-acre home of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, where marine-life educational programs for naturalists of all ages are offered from spring through fall.

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