July - August, 2012 



        Summertime at the National Seashore! Join us at one of our concerts or campfires and make plans to attend a few of the fascinating Tuesday Evenings at Salt Pond programs - sponsored by the Friends and listed on the FCCNS website,   www.fccns.org.  

       Members should watch the mail for your invitation to the Friends 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration and Fundraiser on August 22nd. You may also purchase tickets for the Gala and the raffle on the Friends newly rebuilt website. Enjoy your summer!


Richard Spokes



Great white




The Great White Shark in Cape Waters


        They're back!!

        Join us on Wednesday, July 18, at 8 PM, for an exciting illustrated lecture by noted shark researcher, Dr. Greg Skomal.  The FREE public program will take place at the Nauset Regional Middle School Auditorium, Route 28, Orleans.

        Skomal In this timely program, with nearly daily newspaper articles - many of them quoting Dr. Skomal -- about great white shark sightings off the shores of Chatham and Orleans, Dr. Skomal will describe his research tracking great whites and how the Outer Cape's healthy seal population attracts the sharks.  He is the Senior Biologist with the Mass Division of Marine Fisheries, and the author of Shark Handbook: The Essential Guide for Understanding the Sharks of the World. Dr. Skomal has appeared in numerous television documentaries by National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and ESPN. And, he is a great storyteller!

          Preceding the program at 7 PM, Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore is holding its Annual Meeting. We invite you to attend this meeting as well, to learn more about Friends activities and their support for the Seashore.

Salt Pond by Russ Johnson

                                                                                                         By Russ Johnston




        You are invited to join Friends members and supporters on August 22, 5:30 to 7:30 PM, for a memorable evening on the Salt Pond Visitor Center terrace, overlooking beautiful Nauset Marsh, in celebration of Friends' past accomplishments and its future commitment to our beloved Cape Cod National Seashore.

Sebastian Junger .        Sebastian Junger, noted author of The Perfect Storm, will be our special guest and speaker. After his remarks guests will have a chance to meet and greet Mr. Junger. 

          The festivities include delicious complimentary wine, Cape Cod Beer, hors d'oeuvres from several top Cape restaurants, and a raffle and door prizes. The Alan Clinger Trio will provide live entertainment.

         Funds raised by this event will go to benefit three National Seashore projects, recently adopted by the Friends:

           1) Cape Cod National Seashore's Making Waves Project - an outreach program for underserved youth from Boston and Cape Boys and Girls Clubs.

           2) Restoration of Penniman House's grounds to restore its historic appearance.

            3) Installation of Province Lands Bicycle Trail wayside exhibits to promote visitor education along the trail.



          To raise additional funds, Friends is also holding a raffle this summer for two items:


             "The Captain's House"

(Penniman House ) by Mark Tougias

Acrylic painting, 18" x 24", 23" x 29" framed


Classic 12 UltraLight Rowing/Sailing Boat

           The easily transported "Sleuth" weighs only 40                           pounds! Fully outfitted.


          The drawing will be held at the Gala, but one need not be present to win.

           Please go to   www.fccns.org for details and to purchase tickets for the Gala and the raffle.


GALA tickets:  $50 per person  

      RAFFLE chances: $10 for one, three for $25


Bike Shuttle



News from the Seashore



From Marconi Beach Road to MacMillan Pier


       Avoid the crowded byways of Route 6 and Provincetown and try out the new bike shuttle service now operating between Marconi Beach Road bus shelter in Wellfleet and MacMillan Pier in Provincetown!

        Begun in late June, the service will operate as a pilot program on weekends through September 2. The shuttle will make stops between Marconi Beach Road and the Pier at beaches, bike trails, bus stops, and town centers, and will operate on a 90-minute schedule.  

        The first shuttle leaves MacMillan Pier at 8 AM, the last at 3:30 PM. In the opposite direction, the first shuttle leaves Marconi Beach Road bus shelter towards Provincetown at 9:30 AM, with the last leaving the bus shelter at 5 PM.  

         Superintendent George Price - who was at the ribbon cutting ceremony last month -- notes that "the shuttle will provide a valuable service for seashore visitors and neighbors who wish to enjoy the Outer Cape by bike, but who are challenged by both the distance between Wellfleet and Provincetown, as well as riding along busy Route 6."

         This new service was developed in partnership with the Cape Cod Commission, the National Park Service, and the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, which will operate the service.

          For more info, visit:

www.capecodrta.org/bike-shuttle.htm .


News from the Seashore


  Seashore to Host U.S. Dept. of Energy  

                 Mobile Climate Observatory


       The NPS Atlantic Research Center at the Highlands Center in Truro will be hosting a year-long "Two Column Aerosol Project" (TCAP) funded by the Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility  www.arm.gov

        Developed in 1989, ARM is a multi-laboratory inter-agency program known for its key contributions to national and international research efforts related to global climate change. They operate permanent observatories on the North Slope of Alaska, the Southern Great Plains, and the Tropical Western Pacific.

       One of ARM's mobile facilities is coming to the Highlands Center from July 2012 to July 2013 to measure clouds, water vapor, aerosols, solar energy, and atmospheric radiation in order "to quantify aerosol properties, radiation, and cloud characteristics at a location subject to both clear and cloudy conditions and clean and polluted conditions." 

       Weather balloons equipped with radiosonde telemetry packages will be launched four times per day throughout the year. As well, instrumented aircraft will conduct intensive research flights over the site in July 2012 and January 2013.

          CCNS is excited for ARM and its team to call Cape Cod home while they continue to work to improve scientific understanding of global climate change.

            Friends plans to hold a special invitational event in the fall for members at the Navigator level or above to learn about and tour this exciting facility.

Native garden
                  NATIVE GARDEN SPRING



       For years, Friends volunteers Betsy Richards and Barbara Williamson have maintained the native garden by Salt Pond Visitor Center.  Early this June, a small, but hearty group of Friends volunteers headed by Fred Guidi tackled the weeds that had grown up in the garden during this wet spring.  

        Go to volunteer@fccns.org   to volunteer for many other Friends activities and projects; it's fun and constructive!