September - October, 2012 





We relax into autumn after a very busy summer season for Friends, culminating in our 25h Anniversary Gala at Salt Pond Visitor Center on August 22 - a perfect evening of celebration enjoyed by some 170 members and friends. We were honored to have two of our founders there, Donald Heines and Ansel Chaplin.


Richard Spokes


Gala pix

Keynote speaker Sebastian Junger                      Photo by Guy Strauss


"Oh, What a Beautiful Evening!"


Those of you who attended our 25th Anniversary Gala know what a delightful gathering it was. The weather was perfect, the view over Salt Pond glorious, the music by the Alan Clinger Trio soothing, speeches by superintendent George Price and Friends president Dick Spokes on the past accomplishments and future work to be done by Friends inspiring. Sebastian Junger's talk on what the Outer Cape means to him resonated with every person present.


Add to that the excellent wine served by Town Center Fine Wine & Spirits, the tasty beer provided by Cape Cod Beer, the splendid refreshment tables, with food donated by Mac's Seafood, Maurice's Market, Moby Dick's Restaurant, PB Boulangerie Bistro, Sam's Deli & Market, and Van Rensselear's Restaurant & Raw Bar - what an evening!  Thanks also to Thompson's Printing.


At the end of the evening, Mr. Junger drew the winning tickets for the door prize (basket of wine donated by Town Center) and the raffle of a Mark Tougias painting and the rowing/sailing boat (donated by board members, Guy Strauss and Richard Ryder).


Gala boat pix 1 Best of all, a substantial sum was raised by the Gala tickets, the raffle, and the welcome donations by many who could not attend - all to be used to help finance upcoming Seashore projects.  


Thanks to all who participated in our first fundraiser. 


  Gala four men 1 Left to right: National Seashore Superintendent George Price, Sebastian Junger, Friends' President Dick Spokes, Friends' co-founder Ansel Chaplin.  Photo by Tom Slack            


                                                         Photos by Tom Slack

Shark Expert Draws Capacity Crowd

More than 500 people came to hear the Friends sponsored lecture by noted great white shark authority Greg Skomal on a very hot July evening at the Nauset Regional Middle School auditorium (no air conditioning, yet no one left early).

GregSkomal Dr. Skomal captivated the crowd with tales, photographs, and videos of tagging and tracking the great white in Cape waters. 

Bottom line:  the number of sharks is increasing off the Cape because their favorite food, i.e. grey seals, is increasing.  The last question by a young child, "Do sharks have a home?" brought the answer::"Chatham is now the summer home of great white sharks. St Augustine is their winter home."   


Prior to the lecture, Friends held its annual meeting with a greeting from CCNS's Sue Moynihan and a report on the year's activities by president Dick Spokes. (See Friends website to read the annual report: us). 


Four new board members were elected:  Heather Ace Hill, Bruce Hurter, Guy Strauss, and Jeff Tash.


NLD Friends' volunteers on National Public Lands Day 2011 at Nauset Lighthouse.   Photo by Betsy Richards                             
 September 29 - 9 AM to 12 noon


Save the date! 


Each year Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore, in partnership with the staff of the Cape Cod National Seashore, jointly participates in a meaningful project within the Park to commemorate National Public Lands Day.  


This year, we are hoping to have enough volunteers join us so that we can complete two projects.  One will involve work on the native garden at the Park headquarters and the other will be a trail related project.  These projects were selected to give volunteers a choice on the amount of physical activity. 


There will be reminder emails coming as the NPLD date approaches.


Hope to see you there.


Weather balloon

                                                                     Photo by Dick Spokes


Climate Research at Highlands Center


The opening ceremony of the Two-Column Aerosol Project (TCAP) being funded by the Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility was held July 25th at the Seashore's Highlands Center in North Truro.


The Project utilizes a mobile facility, a portable observatory for measuring clouds, aerosols and energy coming from the sun and earth. Instruments are gathering continuous data from a coastal bluff at the Highlands Center. The Seashore's unique geography makes this an ideal site for the project, which will extend from July, 2012 to June, 2013. Weather balloons will be launched four times a day. Two aircraft will also obtain measurements of aerosol and cloud properties.


ARM and its mobile facilities team from Los Alamos National Laboratory have previously collected data in the Maldives, India, Colorado, Azores, China, Germany, Niger and California. Check out for more information.


Friends will be offering a tour of the mobile facility and its instruments in October to its members at the Navigator level and above.  Watch for a special mailing.

New Membership Software


Recently, Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore implemented a new membership software package.  This software will allow us to manage the growth of the organization while improving our communications and other services to our members. 


The software is directly linked to our existing web site,  We have added new links to the main page: Join and Members.  New members can now join online or download a form and join by mail.  Members will also be able self-serve: updating their profile, renewing membership, making donations and more.  Members can choose to perform these functions by mail as well.


A more formal introduction of the membership software will follow in the coming weeks.  Members (and former members) can access the system from the main page of the Friends website by clicking on Members.  As a first time user, you will need a password.  So after clicking on Members, go ahead and scroll down the Members Only page to find Click here to update your membership profile on-line. 


When you click on that link, you will land on a page that has boxes for Email and Password.  Enter your email in the appropriate box and since you don't have a password, click the link next to the Login button that says Forgot Password.  The system will send you a temporary password.  You can then repeat the above steps with that password and gain access to your profile. 


Once you are in the system, you will see a link in the upper right hand corner of the page that says Change Password; there you may change the temporary password to something that is easy for you to remember.


Good luck!