Conservation

Cape Cod Natural History Conference, March 17, 2018: Request for Presentations

Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is now accepting proposals for presentations for the 23rd annual Cape Cod Natural History Conference which will take place at Cape Cod Community College’s Tilden Arts Center on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 8:30 AM-3 PM.

Presentation Topics: Professional or personal research, studies, or observations focusing on the ecology, behavior, status, or distribution of local plants, animals, natural communities, and/or environmental restoration projects on Cape Cod are accepted.  Submissions with results will be favored over proposed research, though all submissions are welcome.

Proposals can be submitted here.

Proposal deadline is December 15, 2017

For more info contact:

Christine Harris Bates
Public Program Coordinator
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
508-349-2615 ext. 6113

Cape Cod National Seashore to Present Wellfleet’s Herring River: New England’s Largest Tidal Wetland Restoration Project on July 13

Join Cape Cod National Seashore’s Natural Resource Management and Science staff on Thursday, July 13 for an inside look at plans to restore Wellfleet’s Herring River. The one-hour illustrated program will be held at 7 pm at the Salt Pond Visitor Center auditorium in Eastham.

The Herring River is the largest tidal river and estuarine complex on outer Cape Cod. Prior to 1909, when the river was open to Wellfleet Harbor at Chequessett Neck, it was bordered by nearly 1,100 acres of coastal wetlands and contained a productive river herring run and shellfishery, as well as extensive salt marsh habitat. In 1909, the natural condition of the estuary was changed dramatically when a dike was built at Chequessett Neck. The purpose of the Herring River Restoration Project is to restore self-sustaining coastal habitats throughout the 1,100-acre estuary by reestablishing the tidal connection between the estuary and Cape Cod Bay.

This program is part of the annual “Salt Pond Evenings” series. Held weekly in July and August in the air-cooled comfort of the visitor center auditorium, programs focus on the diverse natural and cultural resources on the Outer Cape and are suitable for all ages. Programs are free of charge and accessible. The series is sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at 50 Nauset Road at the intersection of Route 6 in Eastham, and can be reached at 508-255-3421. The center is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, with staff to assist with activity planning. Visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh, and shop in the gift and bookstore featuring national seashore-related items. For more information about the seashore’s programs, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/capecod.

Barnstable Clean Water Coalition Tackles Water Quality Crisis

The Environmental Non-Profit Formerly known as Three Bays Preservation, Inc. Evolves into Town-Wide Organization 

Osterville, Cape Cod, Mass. – A flagship environmental non-profit founded in Osterville in 1996 has now evolved into a new town-wide organization dedicated to restoring and preserving clean water in marine estuaries, ponds, rivers, and coves throughout Barnstable.

Before a packed community Open House in Osterville on June 23, Zenas Crocker, the new executive director of Barnstable Clean Water Coalition (BCleanWater.org), unveiled the vision for morphing into a town-wide entity. “Monitoring, Education, Advocacy and Mitigation will be the four cornerstones of this rescue mission to save impaired bodies of water throughout Barnstable,” Crocker explained.

Excess nitrogen leaching from septic systems in marine embayments and freshwater ponds powered the decision to evolve, added Crocker. Other causes of water pollution include road runoff from lawn fertilizers, detergents from washing cars and doing laundry, as well as other metals and hydrocarbons.  

Another way to look at the marine crisis is that every day nitrogen equal to sixty-five 50-pound bags of fertilizer flows into the 1,251-acre Three Bays Estuary alone that encompasses North, West and Cotuit Bays. In fact, nitrogen levels far exceed critical levels established by the Massachusetts Estuaries Project (MEP.) Nitrogen also pours into Cape Cod Bay and other marine estuaries within the Town of Barnstable.

BCWC will continue to collaborate closely in its expansion on water quality sampling through UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) as well as working with other science institutions and like-minded non-profits. “The Coalition is now town-wide because the issues we face as a community can be acutely addressed by expanding our mission area to include the whole town,” Crocker clarified.

Up until recently, BCWC was Three Bays Preservation, Inc., founded in 1996 to dredge areas around a treasured barrier island and undertake conservation, science and policy initiatives in and around the watershed that encompasses West, North and Cotuit Bays. Now that BCWC is town-wide, the organization will pivot to include Barnstable’s entire 75-plus square mile area. 

“The emergence of Barnstable Clean Water Coalition marks a new era in water conservation on Cape Cod,” remarked Michael J. Egan, president of the Board of Directors. “We will explore time-honored methods of restoration and Non-Traditional Technologies (NTT’s) will also be in our restoration arsenal,” Egan added. 

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Barnstable Clean Water Coalition (BCWC) works to restore and preserve clean water in the Cape Cod Town of Barnstable. For more information please visit: BCleanWater.org; phone 508-420-0780, or email info@BCleanWater.org.

Three Bays Preservation Inc. Names New Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               
Friday, May 26, 2017

Media Contact:  Zenas “Zee” Crocker
Executive Director, Three Bays Preservation, Inc.

zcrocker@3bays.org
508-420-0780 

Three Bays Preservation Inc. Names New Executive Director

(Osterville, Mass.) – Zenas “Zee” Crocker assumed the helm as Executive Director at Three Bays Preservation, Inc., on April 1.  He succeeded longtime Executive Director Lindsey B. Counsell who retired following a 20-year career at the Osterville-based organization.

Three Bays uses applied science to study, research and mitigate water quality in its mission area of West, North and Cotuit Bays, as well as the rivers, streams and ponds within the 12,458-acre watershed including the 1,251-acre estuary. 

“Zee brings an incredible passion for water quality and science to this end in the Town of Barnstable,” said Michael J. Egan, president of the Board of Directors at Three Bays.

 Crocker grew up on Cape Cod and has ancestral roots in Osterville, Cotuit, and Marstons Mills. Zee graduated from Barnstable High School and earned an Honors BA from McGill University in Quebec.

 Before taking the helm at Three Bays Preservation, Inc., in April 2017, Zee spent over 30 years in the financial services industry in Boston where he specialized in Institutional Equities.

 When he’s not working passionately on clean water issues, you can find Zee on Nantucket Sound where he’s a lifelong fisherman and sailor. 

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Three Bays Preservation Inc. is dedicated to restoring and preserving clean water in the Town of Barnstable.

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary seeks advisory council applicants

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for four primary and three alternate seats on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.

The sanctuary is accepting applications for the following seats: at-large (primary and alternate), business/industry (primary), conservation (primary), education (alternate) and youth (primary and alternate). 

Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and views regarding the protection and management of marine resources. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve a three-year term. 

Applications are due by May 31. To receive an application or for further information, please contact Elizabeth Stokes. You can reach her via email at Elizabeth.Stokes@noaa.gov; by phone at 781-546-6004; or by mail at 175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate, MA 02066. Applications can also be downloaded from the sanctuary's website at http://stellwagen.noaa.gov/.

Cleaning up Three Bays through Stormwater Management: APCC

APCC is hosting the following public meetings to kick off our restoration project to help clean up the bays:

COTUIT Library, 871 Main St -Wednesday, April 26th at 7 PM
OSTERVILLE Library, 43 Wianno Ave - Thursday, April 27th at 7 PM

The town has been actively working to improve the water quality in the Three Bays for many years through the installation of stormwater projects to remove nutrients, bacteria and other pollutants before it enters the bays. Good news! The Environmental Protection Agency Southeast New England Program for Coastal Watershed Restoration awarded APCC and the town of Barnstable $472,574 for a three year stormwater project in the Three Bays watershed. This EPA-funded project will enhance the town's capacity to continue this important work.

Join the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, the Town of Barnstable, and Three Bays Preservation to learn about the impacts of stormwater pollutants on water quality in the bays, a new project getting underway to help address this problem, and how you can help.

You are invited to attend one of the two public meetings to hear more about the project and how you can be involved.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Contact Kristin or April at APCC with any questions. (508)619-3185 kandres@apcc.org or awobst@apcc.org

Marjot Foundation Grants for Students Grades 9-11

The Marjot Foundation seeks applications from high school students (grades 9-11) conducting independent field and/or laboratory research projects on environmental issues.  Students must write an independent proposal detailing their research goals to be carried out over a one-year period.  Applications are due on April 1, 2017.  Students must have a mentor who will provide a letter stating he/she will help the students with their research. Students will be required to participate in a science fair at the conclusion of their research. Projects may focus on any area of environmental research, and must be designed by the student applicant. Current Marjot Foundation grants are $5000, with $1000 going to the student(s), $1000 to the mentor, $500 to the School Department, and $2500 to cover the cost of supplies.  For further information on the application process, visit the Marjot Foundation website at http://www.marjotfoundation.org/apply.html

Summer 2017 Internship Opportunity - Center for Coastal Studies

The Center for Coastal Studies is a non-profit organization dedicated to conducting scientific research with emphasis on marine mammals of the western North Atlantic and on the coastal and marine habitats and resources of the Gulf of Maine.  CCS has been conducting research and marine and coastal educational programs on Cape Cod for over 40 years.

Education Responsibilities-Intern will assist with environmental education programs, including on-site programs, off-site programs, and festivals, including CCS’s signature summer week of events: Whale Week:  A Celebration of the Sea.  Interns will assist in staffing the Center’s marine discovery center; designing and delivering presentations, answering questions about CCS, marine mammals and ocean conservation issues, and other general duties. 

Interns must have their own transportation, and housing is not provided. A small stipend is provided. 

Qualifications-

  • The internship is open to students who are currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from an accredited college or university.  High school students may also be considered.
  • Preference will be given to students or recent graduates working towards environmental studies, education, marine science, biology or other related fields.
  • Intern should demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Intern should be a self-starter able to take responsibility for completing projects.
  • Students that are adaptable, responsible, hard working, willing to learn, and have attention to detail are encouraged to apply.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Must be comfortable working with all ages, including young children.
  • Must be comfortable working outside in all conditions.
  • Must be comfortable working with and handling marine species.
  • Interns must be able to commit to at least two-three months; preferred start date-end date beginning June to mid August, but dates are flexible based on school schedules.
  • Interns must work a minimum of 20 hours per week.
  • Schedule is flexible but intern may have to work some weekends and evenings.
  • Preference will be given to students with secured housing on Cape Cod.

To Apply- Send your resume, cover letter, and one letter of reference to Stephanie Richardson at srichardson@coastalstudies.org or 5 Holway Ave, Provincetown, Massachusetts 02567. Applications must be received by March 17, 2017.

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Stephanie Richardson
Human Resource Manager
Center for Coastal Studies
115 Bradford Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

t. (508) 487-3622 Ext. 113
f. (508) 487-4495

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” 

-Rachel Carson

Sea Turtle Film Premiere on January at Cape Cinema to benefit Wellfleet Bay - January 14, 2017

Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, in partnership with Cape Cinema of Dennis, are thrilled to present the world premiere of Cold Stunned: Sea Turtles on the Brink, a Film by Interchange Media, narrated by Dr. Sylvia Earle, on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 4 PM.
A film about heroism and the circle of life, this feature-length documentary film highlights the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of more than 1,200 critically endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles stranded on the beaches of Cape Cod Bay in 2014.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives from Wellfleet Bay, the New England Aquarium, and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. After the screening and panel discussion, there will be a special reception with the filmmakers.

General Admission Tickets:  $15 (includes film premiere and panel discussion, does not include reception)
Purchase online: https://www.showclix.com/event/saving-sea-turtles-film-premiere-benefit
 
 
Film & Meet the Filmmakers Reception:  $100 (ticket price includes film premiere, panel discussion, and reception, $55 is tax deductible)
6 – 8 PM at Cape Cod Museum of Art
Space is Limited!
Please contact Amy Doering Smith at 508.694.3620 or asmith@massaudubon.org to purchase these tickets!
 
Doors will open at 3 PM. Film begins at 4 PM.
Sponsored by Cape Air and Performance Pediatrics.
All proceeds benefit Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. 
 
Amy Doering Smith, Special Events Coordinator
Direct: 508.694.3620
Cell: 207.210.8005
Regular office hours: Mon/Weds/Thurs 9 AM – 5 PM
 
Mass Audubon/Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
291 State Highway / P.O. Box 236
South Wellfleet, MA  02663