July - August 2016

A message from our president


Happy summer!

As I write this, the summer solstice is just four days away. At the initial Salt Pond concert this week, we spied the first fireflies of the season.


Along with the array of concerts at both Salt Pond and Herring Cove, where we are collaborating with Far Land on the Beach, the BIG event for the summer is our August 9 fundraiser at Payomet Performing Arts Center in Truro, to benefit the restoration of Fort Hill's Red Maple Swamp Trail.

Featuring noted coastal ecologist Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka "Dr. Beach", the event is shaping up to provide lots of fun — hors d'oeuvres courtesy of our event sponsor Far Land on the Beach, beverages thanks to Town Center Wine and Spirits, live steel drum band, and a great auction.

Leatherman publishes his top 10 beaches in the United States every year, and once again, he picked Coast Guard Beach, which came in No 5. Read more.

Visit fccns.org for more information. You can purchase tickets online too. Click here.

We'll also be mailing invitations to members soon.

Please consider helping out with the concerts and other programs, the Red Maple Swamp Trail restoration, the fundraiser, etc.

FCCNS.org has a Volunteer button just waiting for you!

See you soon!

Pat Canavan

Member News

Friends Making a Difference

On Earth Day, Friends' volunteers participated in a clean-up of Herring Cove Beach. We collected and recorded 4,007 items (3rd highest ever at that site).

About 100 pounds of trash were collected from roughly 250 yards of beach.

The Top 10 items: 

10 - Balloon/balloon strings, 106
  9 - Food containers and plastic wrapping, 108
  8 - Cigar tips, 129
  7 - Shot gun shells and wdding, 141
  6 - Food wrappers, 146
  5 - Tampon applicators, netting, 162
  4 - Straws and stirrers, 185
  3 - Rope, 408
  2 - Nondescript plastic, 675
  1 - Caps and lids, 961

This trash is typical of winter and spring clean-ups. Loose items get lost in storm drains and float out to sea. Of the over 4,000 pieces recorded, fewer than 40 were not made from plastic!

Hydration Stations Quench
Your Thirst

By Sydney Fitch
Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod / 
Cape Cod National Seashore Planning Assistant

As a climate-friendly Park, Cape Cod National Seashore is committing to decrease its greenhouse gas emissions by over 20 percent by 2020.

When you refill a reusable water bottle, you decrease the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production, filling, packaging, and transport of disposable water containers.

The National Seashore has installed water bottle filling stations at high public use areas of the park, making it easy to refill your water bottle.

Filling station locations:
  • Inside Salt Pond Visitor Center
  • Inside Province Lands Visitor Center
  • Outside Herring Cove Beach Bathhouse
  • Outside Coast Guard Beach Bathhouse
  • Inside Highland Light Keeper's House Bookstore
  • Outside Salt Pond Visitor Center Restroom
In just two seasons, our visitor center filling stations filled the equivalent of over 54,000 disposable plastic bottles!

Help us make a difference-please refill your water bottle.

Thank you to CARE for the Cape and Islands and Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore for funding the purchase of the park's filling stations.

News from the Seashore
The National Park Service is 100! 

Join in the Celebrations August 25

Enjoy the Science Street Fair and Annual Science Symposium from 10 am to 4 pm at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham.

We're pulling out all the stops to showcase the amazing world of science and research at the Cape Cod National Seashore!

During the morning street fair, meet our scientists and see the tools of the trade that help us understand the sea- shore's natural resources and issues.

There will be special activities for kids to earn their Junior Ranger badges.

The symposium, held between 1 pm and 4 pm will feature short and engaging presentations by researchers and scholars. While technical in nature, the symposium is aimed at general audiences.

Special events, including concerts, commemorations, ranger programs, and exhibits will begin in April.

Wampanoag music and games will start at 3 pm at the Province Lands Visitors Center in Provincetown. Wampanoag educator Kitty Hendricks Miller will share native toys, games, and songs. Play a game called "hubbub", and learn a dance to music played with traditional instruments.

Postal Cancellation

We've teamed up with the US Postal Service for a unique 100th Anniversary cancellation of the new National Parks Forever stamps. This event takes place at the Province Lands Visitors Center in Provincetown.

Bring your own envelope to cancel, or purchase a commemorative envelope and stamp at the event.

Centenary Celebration Family Concert

Celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service, this concert features the Cape Symphony at 6 pm at the Salt Pond Visitor Center.

As the sun begins to set, and with the tranquil Salt Pond and the Atlantic as the backdrop, the symphony will perform pieces that reflect on nature and the value of parks and the natural world.

Bring a towel, blanket, or low lawn chair to sit on.

Shorebird Management Plan Update

Cape Cod National Seashore recently released a comprehensive shorebird management plan with an associated environmental assessment (EA).

The plan identifies, outlines, and supports a continued science-based approach to shorebird management and protection. As part of the EA process, the seashore hosted a variety of public informational meetings and collected public feedback during the 60 day comment period.

Unnatural levels of predation on shorebird eggs and chicks, has been the main reason why productivity of these ground-nesting shorebirds, particularly the federally threatened piping plover, has been trending downward below US Fish and Wildlife Service recovery objectives. Because of this, the park proposes strategies to protect these species by implementing new or additional methods.

In addition, the alternatives evaluate levels of protection for staging and migratory shorebirds, and with USFWS permits, promotes consistent recreational access by allowing the park to "under protect" a few nesting pairs of piping plovers at specific high visitor use areas.

The park is presently evaluating the public comments and hopes to have a decision on the preferred alternative within the coming months.
Partners in the Park

Friends is very fortunate to have two valuable business partnerships in the Park - Payomet Performing Arts Center and Far Land on the Beach.

Payomet Performing Arts Center was started by late FCCNS board member and contributor Guy Strauss. He envisioned a center of excellence within the boundaries of the Park where Lower Cape visitors/ residents could enjoy concerts, theatrical productions, and other performances.

The 2016 summer concert schedule includes Los Lobos, 10,000 Maniacs, and Jefferson Starship, to name just a few.

Now under the direction of award-winning playwright, director and actor Kevin Rice, Payomet has once again generously donated their tent facility to the FCCNS for our fundraising event on August 9th.

Far Land Provisions is a favorite year round eatery for locals in Provincetown, and as Far Land on the Beach, is the official concessionaire at Herring Cove Beach. During the summer season Far Land on the Beach serves dinner nightly, and offers a delicious selection of their fresh deli sandwiches, lobster rolls, pulled pork, beer and wine.

Every Wednesday and Sunday, enjoy live music co-sponsored by Far Land and Friends! Parking is free after 5 pm.

Far Land on the Beach is generously donating the food for our August 9 fundraising event.

Our August 9th event is also being generously supported by:

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.