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Fact Sheets & Field Guides


Flowering Spartina alterniflora in a Cape Cod salt marsh

Photo By Jane Barnes

Seashore Science Fact Sheets

Seashore Science fact sheets are developed in partnership with the Seashore's Division of Interpretation and Cultural Resources Management. This series is geared toward a non-technical audience. The documents are intended to briefly share important aspects of research associated with our monitoring program. Click on the links below to view or download the pdf files.

Algal Crusts of the Dunes

Ballston Beach and the Upper Pamet River: A Perspective for Long-Term Management

Eastern Spadefoot Toads at Cape Cod National Seashore

Hatches Harbor Salt Marsh Restoration

Piping Plovers

The What and Why of Mung

Common Tern

Common Tern with a sand lance

Photo by Naomi Blinick

Illustrated Guides to flora and fauna of Cape Cod National Seashore

Illustrated Guide to Salt Marsh Plants and Animals

Illustrated Guide to Seashore Amphibians: Indicators of Environmental Quality

Illustrated Guide to Shorebirds of Cape Cod National Seashore

Illustrated Guide to Snakes of Cape Cod National Seashore

Illustrated Guide to Turtles of Cape Cod National Seashore

Did You Know?

The Mayflower

The Mayflower was 90’ long, 25’ wide and carried its 102 passengers on a 66 day journey from Plymouth, England finally reaching Provincetown, Massachusetts on November 10, 1620.