Access to the Coast Guard Beach in Eastham will be closed Tuesday, May 21.
Access to the Coast Guard Beach in Eastham will be closed Tuesday, May 21, from 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM so seashore staff can create an accessible path in advance of the summer season.
Storm damage, construction affecting access at seashore locations; reduction in programming
Due to erosion, there is no beach access at Nauset Light and Marconi beaches. Access at the Marconi Site is limited. Parts of the Nauset Marsh and Red Maple Swamp trails are closed. Nauset Bike Trail construction is underway. More »
Cape Cod National Seashore Seeks Volunteers for Seal Education Team
Contact: Sue Moynihan, Chief, Interpretation and Cultural Resources Management, 508-957-0738
Cape Cod National Seashore is starting up its volunteer Seal Education Team for the summer season, and seeks new volunteers. For the past several summers, a herd of gray seals has been regularly hauling out on a sandbar in Truro during the summer months. This has provided an outstanding opportunity for people to view and learn about these large mammals, but in years when the sandbar is attached to shore, has created issues related to visitor safety and seal protection. Seals are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Last year Cape Cod National Seashore established a corps of volunteers, the Seal Education Team, to be present at the haul-out site at low tide to talk to talk to visitors and to ensure that they remain an appropriate distance from the seals. Last year's volunteers provided information to over 6,000 visitors during the summer months, offering invaluable assistance to the national seashore.
The National Park Service is seeking additional volunteers for this year's program. Volunteers sign up for several four-hour shifts between mid-June and early September. Due to the changing tides, shifts rotate. Volunteers must be able to walk up to ½ mile in soft sand, stand in the sun for up to four hours, and have an interest in marine mammals, public relations, and education. Training and a uniform shirt and ball cap are provided.
This year's training is slated for June 14. There will be a classroom session from 12:30 to 3:00 PM in Wellfleet. This session will cover seal biology and natural history, volunteer duties, communications, and informal interpretive methods. Volunteers will then travel to the haul-out site at low tide to see and discuss the seals. The training will conclude at 5:30 PM.
For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Sue Moynihan, Chief, Interpretation and Cultural Resources Management at (508) 957-0738.
Did You Know?
The Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars Historic District Seashore was designated in 1989 as a special place in the dunes within Cape Cod National Seashore. Dune shack living emerged in the early 20th century and was based in cottages built by coastguardsmen stationed at nearby stations.