On Wednesday, March 20, from noon to 1 p.m., Sue Bickford will give the monthly talk as she describes a story of resilience and determination in “Post-Maria Puerto Rico.” After Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017, Bickford was among the volunteers who went to help the Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve with its recovery efforts. She used her expertise with unmanned aerial systems to fly drone missions meant to document conditions on the ground. Bickford is a GIS and natural resource specialist at the Wells Reserve.

On Tuesday, April 9, from noon to 1 p.m., Dr. Gabriela Bradt will give the monthly talk as she defines a word that has featured prominently in ocean news over the past decade. In “Microplastics: The Not So ‘Micro’ Problem in Our World’s Oceans and Beaches,” Bradt will explain why microplastics are considered one of today’s top global environmental issues. How did they get so out of control? What are their potential impacts? Is there a viable solution? Bradt is a marine biologist and fisheries specialist for New Hampshire Sea Grant and the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. She has been researching and monitoring microplastics on New Hampshire beaches since 2014.

The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve offers talks, walks, camps, and other educational programs year-round on its historic Laudholm campus. The reserve is open every day, with 7 miles of trails through forest and field to salt marsh and beach. With its convenient location along Laudholm Farm Road in Wells, just minutes from the Maine Turnpike and U.S. Route 1, the reserve hosts more than 25,000 visitors each year. The Wells Reserve is funded by the member-supported nonprofit Laudholm Trust and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.