September - October 2014
Late August, early September - the best weather, the best time to enjoy the natural beauty of the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Seawater is as warm as it gets, and there are far fewer folks on the beach. Hard to believe, but in the last week of August at the Race Point Beach parking lot, there were beach peas and Rosa Rugosa in bloom!
Wonder what you might see on your next outing?
Cape Cod National Seashore is an important stopover site in late summer/fall for a variety of migrating shorebirds as they travel thousands of miles between their breeding and wintering grounds.
Grab your binoculars and come explore Coast Guard Beach and Nauset Marsh complex with Natural Resource Specialist, Mary Hake.
You will learn about the biology and identification of these migrants as well as conservation measures the park is taking to protect these birds during their marathon journey.
Meet at the upper lot at Coast Guard Beach, Eastham. Plan on walking about two miles (sometimes in soft sand and mud.) Please bring binoculars and carpool if possible, since parking is limited.
Program is limited to 15 members of Friends. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-957-0729 to reserve a place.
Monday, September 29, 7:00-9:00 am
Friends Fundraiser A Great Success!
Approximately 135 attendees gathered under the tent of the Payomet Performing Arts Center on a beautiful July evening to celebrate the Cape Cod National Seashore and honor the contributions of late board member Guy Strauss.
New Seal Haul Out
at Coast Guard Beach
Photos by Dick Spokes
In a recent turn of events, hundreds of mostly gray seals began hauling out in August at a new location on a sandbar just south of the lifeguard-protected section of Coast Guard Beach, Eastham.
Seals haul out to rest and get warm, pulling themselves onto an exposed sandbar to lay bunched up together until the tide inundates the sandbar. Typically, seal haul outs in the National Seashore have occurred at relatively hard-to-reach locations, such as High Head in Truro, and Jeremy Point, Wellfleet.
This new haul out, so close to a busy beach, presents both a wonderful viewing opportunity, as well as a challenge to Seashore staff to ensure that viewers remain a respectful distance (at least 150 feet) from the seals.
News from the National Seashore
This summer a dedicated seasonal trail crew has been tackling trails from Coast Guard Beach and Fort Hill, to Great Island and Nauset Marsh.
They've installed new stairs and waterbars, added fill, trimmed trail edges, and installed directional signage. Fall is a delightful time to hike - we encourage people to see for themselves the great handiwork by the trail crew.
This summer a dedicated seasonal carpentry crew has been hard at work installing a new roof on the 1898 Old Harbor Life-Saving Station. If you've seen Old Harbor, you can appreciate that this is not an easy roofing job with the building's several sections, including dormers and tower.
Crowdsourcing a Ranger Program? Say What?
Become a Volunteer
Have you seen these posters on bulletin boards around the Outer Cape publicizing the 2014 Friends concert series at Salt Pond Visitor Center?
The posters are an example of how a volunteer can help Friends with its activities. Created by graphic designer, Demetra Theoharis of Jamaica Plain and Provincetown, these elegant posters spread the word about Friends events and concerts, drawing attention to our good works. Demetra also designed the Gala invitation and poster.
If you have special skills, or just want to help the Friends help the Seashore, please contact us at email@example.com. There are opportunities big and small and we welcome any time you can give us.
You will find volunteer suggestions below and on our website www.fccns.org.
Our needs include trail maintenance, hosting Friends-sponsored events, citizen science projects and natural resource monitoring, editorial/design work on newsletters and our annual magazine, marketing and publicity, fund raising and finance, videotaping Tuesday Evenings at Salt Pond, program planning, beach clean-ups, membership outreach, online calendar entries, and on and on.
We need and welcome your help: please contact us!