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Cape Cod National Seashore to Hold Public Scoping Meeting on Shorebird Management Planning

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Date: May 17, 2011
Contact: Shelley Hall, Chief of Natural Resources, 508-957-0737

Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George Price announced that on Thursday, May 26 the seashore will hold a public meeting to kick off a planning process for shorebird management. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the Salt Pond Visitor Center, 50 Nauset Road at Route 6, Eastham. The public is invited to attend and make comments to inform the development of a comprehensive shorebird management plan/environmental assessment that will protect rare and threatened shorebirds while accommodating recreational use.

"Cape Cod National Seashore provides important nesting and staging habitat for these special birds", said Superintendent Price. "Protection of these species is complex given the seashore's annual visitation, which exceeds four million people, coupled with land use changes occurring on Cape Cod."

The meeting will begin with a brief presentation about the objectives for shorebird management and the planning process. The majority of the meeting will be devoted to public comment, recorded at listening stations. Written scoping comments may also be submitted at the meeting, by mail to Superintendent Price, Cape Cod National Seashore, 99 Marconi Station Site Road, Wellfleet, MA 02667, or electronically at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/CACO, through July 29, 2011. For more information, contact Shelley Hall, Chief of Natural Resources, at (508) 957-0737.

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Did You Know?

pirate treasure

Cape Cod's own pirate shipwreck, the Whydah, went down in a storm off the coast in April 1717. Before being taken by pirate Sam Bellamy as his flagship, the Whydah was a slave ship, named for the port city of Ouidah in today's country of Benin on the African coast.