July - August 2015

A message from our president


This is my last chance to say "Thank You" to all of the FCCNS board members I have been fortunate to serve with over the past six years.

Most recently, in my term as president, the board has continued publishing the Friends Magazine, and I appreciate its support and contributions. Working closely with the Cape Codder staff, FCCNS board member Pat Canavan has overseen the latest issue, which is particularly well done. I believe it was Conrad Hilton, hotelier, who said "Life is service: those who give most, serve best."

Thanks goes to all of our nearly 600 members across the country who keep their dues paid up. By doing so, we are able to be supportive of the National Seashore in many ways.

I hope to see you at one or several of the Friends sponsored concerts or talks at the Salt Pond Visitor Center this summer

Richard Ryder

Annual Meeting Lecture on July 15
The Coast Guard on the Outer Cape --
Then and Now

Don't miss the Friends Annual Meeting lecture, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. Coast Guard. BMCS Rob Goley, USCG (ret.), former officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Chatham, will talk about today's premiere Marine Search and Rescue Operation.

He will discuss similarities of operations today compared to the 1950s, when the CG 36500 and crew made a legendary and heroic rescue of 32 crew member from the Pendleton, which broke apart in a massive Nor'easter off the coast of Chatham.

Come early for Friends Annual Meeting at 6:30 pm to hear Superintendent George Price and outgoing president, Richard Ryder, speak of Friends activities and accomplishments of the past year and plans for the upcoming Centennial year.

Wednesday, July 15
6:30 pm - Annual Meeting
7:30 pm - Lecture
Salt Pond Visitor Center, Eastham

Healthy Parks, Healthy People:

Cape Cod National Seashore Promotes Healthy Living

Cape Cod National Seashore and Cape Cod Healthcare have partnered to start an exciting new program that will benefit Cape Cod residents and park visitors this summer. "Healthy Parks, Healthy People" is a movement adopted by the National Park Service as part of its centennial anniversary in 2016. It promotes health and well-being through exercise and the appreciation of nature.

Throughout this summer and continuing into October, a team of medical personnel will work directly with National Seashore staff to administer the walking program. Participants will receive maps, trail guides, and may choose to have pre-walk health assessments. Nauset Marsh Trail, Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail, Pilgrim Spring Trail, Smalls Swamp Trail, and Beech Forest Trail are the five trails selected for walks.

The Cape Cod National Seashore offers a perfect venue to encourage enjoyment of the natural beauty of our surroundings and improve health in the process. Mental and spiritual health will also be emphasized, by educating walkers about how to tune out stress and soak in the restorative aspects of being outdoors.

For a full description of the program, including registration forms and a schedule of walks, please click here.

Science in the Park

Wildlife Tracking Towers Installed at CCNS

Radio telemetry tracking stations have been installed at Cape Cod National Seashore. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Migratory Birds is working in collaboration with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst to track coastal and offshore movements of birds and bats using digital VHF radio transmitters and automated radio telemetry stations.

Two of these temporary (8 months) radio telemetry tracking stations were installed in the area of Marconi Station and Race Point North in late June. These locations provide ideal vantage points for monitoring bird movements within important staging and foraging areas along the coast of upper Cape Cod and adjacent waters.

In 2014, there were more than 4.5 million recordings of seabirds, shorebirds, passerine birds, and bats that were radio-tagged by an international collaboration of scientists at sites ranging from the Canadian Arctic to the U.S. mid-Atlantic. These telemetry stations will provide the seashore insight on bird and bat movements in and through the park, including the movements of roseate terns and red knots.

-- Robert Cook, CCNS Wildlife Ecologist 

News from the Seashore

IFAW Exhibit at Salt Pond Visitor Center

The International Fund for Animal Welfare exhibit on display at the Salt Pond Visitor Center has been extended until the end of August, due to the tremendous public response.

Through large format images and text on the wildlife of the Outer Cape, the exhibit provides insight into the wildlife with whom we share this slender spit of land, and how we can work together to protect their habitats.

Ranger-Guided Programs

Take Visitors Far and Wide at the Seashore

National seashore rangers are again offering dozens of programs this summer.

From short talks on the view from the Province Lands Visitor Center observation deck and strolls around historic areas like Fort Hill and the Truro Highlands, to salt marsh explorations, canoe and snorkel trips and long hikes to remote areas, there is something for everyone!

The 2016 NPS Centennial tagline is "Find Your Park." With more than 400 units in the National Park Service, finding a park that resonates with you is not difficult!

If we asked ten national seashore neighbors and visitors what they like about this place, we might hear ten different answers - swimming on the outer beach, hiking, taking sunset photos, surfing, observing wildlife, riding a bike, joining a canoe trip, exploring a whaling captain's house, eating a wild cranberry, climbing a lighthouse.

We encourage you each to "Find Your Park" within the national seashore this summer.

Painting and Repair of Penniman House

Beginning This Summer

The Penniman House, one of the national seashore's most significant structures, will receive a much-needed face lift through exterior painting and repairs. Federal funds were made available to parks with signature projects and a partner match for the Centennial.

Fortunately, Friends of the CCNS stepped in with a commitment of $100,000 towards the $200,000 project, joined by Eastern National for $15,000, along with $85,000 in federal funding. Work on the building will be underway this summer, so public programs will be curtailed. However, by the 2016 Centennial the iconic building will be ready to welcome visitors again.

If you would like to make a donation to the Friends Penniman House Painting Fund, please please click here.

Our Mission Statement

Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore (FCCNS) is the not-for-profit fundraising partner of the Cape Cod National Seashore; a partnership established in 1987 to help preserve, protect and enhance the fragile environment and unique cultural heritage of the Park. By leveraging existing federal support with additional private philanthropy, FCCNS engages members, donors and visitors alike in the shared values of cultural appreciation, environmental stewardship and historical preservation.