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Cape Cod National Seashore Hosts an Ocean Futures Series presented by Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies

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Date: February 26, 2013
Contact: Sue Haley, District Interpreter, 508-255-3421

Join Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies Marine Education Director Jesse Mechling for a three-part lecture series entitled "Ocean Futures" March 16, 30, and April 13 at 1:30 PM at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham.  Programs are one hour and free of charge. This series will look at some of the largest threats, including marine debris and climate change, that are facing the ocean as we begin a new century.  It will explore our local changing marine ecosystem and highlight some of the more unusual events over the past year, while offering solutions to help protect our fragile planet.

March 16 - Ocean Futures:Our World Ocean and the Specter of Climate Change
-Come learn about what climate change is doing to living things in our world's oceans and how it may affect our local marine ecosystem.Discover the significance the ocean plays in regulating our world's climate and what increased emissions may mean for the blue planet.Learn concrete steps to take in our daily lives to combat this threat.

March 30 - Ocean Futures: Trashing our Seas - For thousands of years, the ocean has been a human dumping ground for all our waste.In the 21st century we are starting to discover the abundance of waste is affecting life in the ocean.Marine debris ranks as one of the top threats to our marine environment.Learn how it is related to climate change, and what we can do to reduce its impacts.

April 13 - Ocean Futures: Cape Cod, Past, Present, and Future - Discover what makes the Cape's marine ecosystem one of the most fertile in the world.Learn how our marine environment helped shape our community and how it has changed over the years.From dolphin strandings to seals and great whites, investigate recent changes and topics in the news and learn what the future may bring to our local waters.

If you go: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham and is open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.The center includes a lobby with expansive views of Salt Pond, Nauset Marsh, and the Atlantic; a museum featuring the park's natural and cultural stories; staff to assist with trip planning; and a store with books, maps, puzzles, games, apparel, and more. There are short films shown throughout the day. The Buttonbush and Nauset Marsh Trails, and the Nauset Bike Trail are located nearby. For more information on Cape Cod National Seashore programs call 508-255-3421, or check the park's website, www.nps.gov/caco.

Did You Know?

seasonal freshwater wetlands in the Province Lands

135 acres of seasonal freshwater wetlands exist across the dune landscape of Cape Cod National Seashore's Province Lands. These wetlands which typically dry down by mid-summer, support plants, serve as breeding areas for Spadefoot and Fowler’s toads, and provide drinking water for wildlife.