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    Sections of the boardwalk at the Red Maple Swamp Trail have been closed due to structural deterioration and safety concerns. Check at Salt Pond Visitor Center for the current status of this trail, and for your safety, remain out of closed areas.

Events & Activities

Science in the Seashore symposium

Visitors, park staff, volunteers, and Friends listen to a presentation on the importance of CCNS to staging Roseate Terns, given by Ellen Jedrey of Mass Audubon 

Photo by Naomi Blinick

Third Annual "Science in the Seashore" Research Symposium

The Atlantic Research & Learning Center (ARLC) hosted the third annual “Science in the Seashore Research Symposium” at the Salt Pond Visitor Center located in Eastham, Massachusetts on Friday, August 23, 2013. The afternoon event feature ten presentations by scientists conducting research at Cape Cod National Seashore. Topics presented covered a wide range of applied natural resources research including climate change, plant and wildlife ecology, geology, and others. Over 80 attendees made this year's symposium a resounding success. Financial support for the symposium was provided by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

ARLC Educational Outreach Activities for Fiscal Year 2013 (in chronological order)

Title of Product/Event Event Type Audience Sponsor/Host affiliation
Highlands Center, ARLC tour Presentation Public CCNS
Kettle pond water quality monitoring program Presentation Citizen Scientists CCNS
Thesis defense: The role of eelgrass source population characteristics in resilience to stress and restoration success Presentation Public, Teachers, Managers University of New Hampshire
Eutrophication level in lakes indicated by surface wettability... Scientific Review Scientists, Editors CCNS
Estuarine water quality in relation to watershed characteristics in northeastern national parks Abstract Submission for Presentation Scientists George Wright Society
Extreme eutrophication in shallow estuaries and lagoons... Scientific Review Scientists, Editors CCNS
Lake ice phenology Interview Public CCNS
Salt marshes and wastewater Presentation Public, Teachers, Management Wellfleet Audubon
Two column aerosol project- MBL biology department seminar Presentation Public, Teachers, Management CCNS
Turtle marking methods Technical Assistance Scientists Mass Audubon
Spadefoot toad ecology Dissertation Defense Scientists UMass Amherst
Vernal pond amphibians Field Trip Public Friends Of CCNS
Spadefoot toad ecology Interview Public WQRC Radio
Dune ecology Technical Assistance Teachers CCNS
Thesis: East Harbor benthic ecology: relationship between macroalgae and softshell clams Scientific Review Student CCNS
Fire island deer/veg environmental impact statement Technical Assistance Scientists CCNS
Sea level rise in the Netherlands Presentation Management CCNS
Turtle marking demonstration Technical Assistance Scientists Mass Audubon
Color morph variation in redbacked salamanders Technical Assistance Scientists Ministry Of Natural Resources Quebec
NPS Student Careers Intake Program tour Tour and Info Sharing Teachers NPS Lowell SCIP
Effects of ditch plugging on salt marsh fish and invertebrates Scientific Review Scientists, Editors CCNS
Amphibian population restoration projects funding proposal Scientific Review Scientists Association Of Zoos And Aquariums
Ocean acidification funding proposal Scientific Review Scientists WA Seagrant
Putting the citizen into science Interview Public, Teachers, Managers Cape Eyes
CCNS natural resource management interpretation/education exchange Presentation Park Staff CCNS
History of climate change on Cape Cod Presentation Public Tales Of Cape Cod
Pamet River science workshop Presentation Public, Managers Town of Truro
Map of the Gulf of Maine

This map shows some major features of the Gulf of Maine region, such as topography and undersea landscape.

Base map courtesy of United States Geological Survey/Geological Survey of Canada/Woods Hole Field Center

Shallow Water Mapping Techniques Workshop

On September 30 2009, the National Park Service's Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit sponsored a workshop on shallow water mapping techniques and challenges at the University of New Hampshire's Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. The workshop was organized and coordinated by the Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative (GOMMI) (www.gulfofmaine.org/gommi). GOMMI is subcommittee of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Environment whose goal is to promote and facilitate seafloor mapping, particularly in the Gulf of Maine.

The objectives of the workshop were to provide: an overview of shallow water mapping techniques, an opportunity to assess the regional resource management, monitoring, research, outreach, and education applications of seafloor mapping, a technical foundation enabling informed interactions with collaborators and to network with technical experts and representatives from multiple agencies to foster seafloor mapping collaborations.

Two major products were produced as a result of the one day workshop. A workshop proceedings which includes overviews of: the need for shallow water mapping, the technologies available to accomplish it, and recommendations for proceeding. The other product was a matrix, which compares advantages/limitations, data types, and range of suitable conditions for the various technologies used in seafloor mapping. A word about the matrix here.

Did You Know?

directional compass

Coastal waters were the original highways of the Cape. Today’s common but puzzling terms “Lower Cape” and “Upper Cape” (referring to the northern and southern areas of Cape Cod) originated with sailors. Southwesterly winds meant ships heading north were sailing "down-wind" to the Lower Cape.