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August, 2011 
Dear FRIENDS,

Welcome to the August newseltter. Lots of things for us all to do in our favorite park as we head into the fallThe 50th Anniversary brings many exciting happenings. We'll keep you posted. 

Birthday Bash

                    BIRTHDAY BASH

     On August 7, 2011 park staff, Cape neighbors, and visitors gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the national seashore's establishment. What a great day it was, despite the threatening weather!    

    Hundreds gathered at Salt Pond and Province Lands visitor centers mid-day to partake in the fun. Postmasters from Provincetown and Eastham were on hand for special postal cancellations. The lines were long.  At Salt Pond, after a rousing concert by Tim Sweeney and Roe Osborn, everyone gathered on the lawn overlooking Salt Pond to hear remarks by U.S. Congressman William Keating, who noted that "few actions by our government have had a greater impact upon a region." 

   Then, as mist fell, and with an appropriate "fly over" by two red-tailed hawks, Superintendent George Price led the assembled group in a spirited singing of "Happy Birthday" at the moment -- 50 years ago -- that President John F. Kennedy signed the Cape Cod National Seashore into law. And then there was cake for all!

     Following the ceremony, the John F. Kennedy Library, with PEN New England, hosted a program of readings by celebrated authors of Cape classics - a special literary tribute to the Outer Cape.

     Photo, George Price, superintendent of the Cape Cod National Seashore; Mike Sweeney on ukelele and Roe Osbourne on bass.

Birthday Bash

                    BIRTHDAY BASH

     On August 7, 2011 park staff, Cape neighbors, and visitors gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the national seashore's establishment. What a great day it was, despite the threatening weather!    

    Hundreds gathered at Salt Pond and Province Lands visitor centers mid-day to partake in the fun. Postmasters from Provincetown and Eastham were on hand for special postal cancellations. The lines were long.  At Salt Pond, after a rousing concert by Tim Sweeney and Roe Osborn, everyone gathered on the lawn overlooking Salt Pond to hear remarks by U.S. Congressman William Keating, who noted that "few actions by our government have had a greater impact upon a region." 

   Then, as mist fell, and with an appropriate "fly over" by two red-tailed hawks, Superintendent George Price led the assembled group in a spirited singing of "Happy Birthday" at the moment -- 50 years ago -- that President John F. Kennedy signed the Cape Cod National Seashore into law. And then there was cake for all!

     Following the ceremony, the John F. Kennedy Library, with PEN New England, hosted a program of readings by celebrated authors of Cape classics - a special literary tribute to the Outer Cape.

     Photo, George Price, superintendent of the Cape Cod National Seashore; Mike Sweeney on ukelele and Roe Osbourne on bass.

Whale Disentanglement

 PCCS image: NOAA permit 932-1489

 

      WHALE DISENTANGLEMENT:

Up close and personal

  

       The highlight of the Friends 2011 Membership Meeting was an inspiring talk presented by Scott Landry, Director of the Marine Entanglement Response Team of the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. The Center has been the major responder to entangled whales in the western North Atlantic.

 

       Due to the immensity of the response area, they are training other teams and have formed a response network. Scott told what it is like to attempt to disentangle large, sometimes belligerent animals using very creative methods. He described the use of a cross bow that can shoot specially designed rope-cutting arrows. While saving a single whale can have a significant impact on the dwindling population, it is, unfortunately, not the answer.

 

      The word for the evening was "by-catch", the unintended capture of fish and other animals in fishing gear. Despite their large size, whales are frequent victims of by-catch. Over 70% of highly endangered Northern Right Whales bear scars left by fishing gear and these are the survivors!  Many more whales die, unnoticed, from entanglement. In fact, by-catch, together with ship strikes, is the major reason why, in the absence of whaling, the population has not rebounded.

 

    Scott also described the work of the federally mandated Take Reduction Team, a coalition of government agencies, scientists, fishermen and conservationists to develop methodologies and policies that would significantly reduce by-catch without unduly restricting commercial fishing efforts

Dr. Graham DeGeise  

 

SCIENCE IN THE SEASHORE SYMPOSIUM

      On Wednesday, August 17, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., the Atlantic Research Center will host its first "Science in the Seashore Research Symposium." This free event will feature ten presentations by individuals conducting scientific natural resource research at the Cape Cod National Seashore. Topics include plant and wildlife ecology, geology (with noted Cape Cod geologist Graham Geise), and marine sciences. 
 
  Open to the public, Friends members are invited to take this opportunity to learn more about the fascinating research projects ongoing at the seashore. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends.

Atlantic Research Center classroom, The Highlands Center, #43 Dewline Road, Truro 

      

 
     
 
Old Habor Two

 

OLD HARBOR MEMBERS EVENT

    More than 65 Friends members observed the dramatic breeches buoy apparatus drill at Old Harbor Life-Saving Station at Race Point on the afternoon of June 30.

     Richard Ryder, whose grandfather was a Surfman in 1905, spoke about the history of the Life Saving Service, pointing out that of the 260 stations, Old Harbor is the only station brought back to its original state. Nobody else now does this drill in such an authentic fashion.

     After the drill, members had a chance to tour through the newly refurbished station to see all the items - from the handcrafted ash table and chairs for the mess to an original coal-burning kitchen range to ten iron beds for the bunk room - that make visiting Old Harbor such a journey into the past. Friends has raised more than $110,000 to acquire furnishings for the station. The job is not yet done; to contribute to the Old Harbor Fund go to www.fccns.org.  

Photo: Friends president Dick Spokes greets members, heralding the 2011 Magazine released that day.
 

Salt Pond 

Painting by Joan Broncale, titled "Out There."  
         

                  FRIENDS' BENEFIT

 

      On the evening of July 30, Friends hosted a benefit for its Old Harbor Life-Saving Station Fund at Addison Art Gallery in Orleans.  The exhibit, "Inspired by the National Seashore," a juried show celebrating the National Seashore's 50th Anniversary, featured more than 50 works of arts by some 30 artists.

  

     Friends members and other guests were treated also to a small display of artifacts from the Life-Saving Service era, such as a USLSS barometer and a surfboat speaking trumpet, courtesy of Dick Ryder. Many thanks to  Helen Addison for hosting this benefit, and to Nauset Fish and Lobster Pool, Mac's Seafood, Shaw's, and Stop & Shop for providing the splendid refreshments.  Contributions will go toward the completion of the Friends' effort to refurnish the interior of Old Harbor.