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Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Evening Program on Marine Invasive Species in the Northeastern United States

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Date: June 19, 2009
Contact: Sue Haley, District Intepreter, 508-255-3421

Hundreds of marine species have been moved from their native ranges to non-native areas as a result of shipping traffic and stocking efforts.  If such species survive and proliferate, they can have significant impacts on the structure and function of the ecosystems they invade.  Join Cape Cod National Seashore biologist Megan Tyrell, Ph.D and Mary Carmen of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for a free, one-hour presentation on marine invasive species in the Northeast at 7 PM on Tuesday, July 7, at Salt Pond Visitor Center. Discover sea squirts and other interesting but troublesome marine creatures that are invading our local waters today. 

This upcoming program is the first in the annual “Tuesday Evening Series” at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham.  Held weekly at 7 PM in July and August in the air-cooled comfort of the visitor center auditorium, programs cover the diverse natural and cultural resources on the Outer Cape and are suitable for all ages, free of charge, and accessible.  The series is sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

IF YOU GO:  Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham, and can be contacted by calling 508-255-3421.  The center is open from 9 AM to 5 PM and staff is available to assist with activity planning.  Stop by and visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh and shop in the gift store featuring interpretive items such as books, maps, puzzles and games.  For more information about the seashore’s programs, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/caco.


Did You Know?


The Pamet Cranberry Bog in Truro was once an operating commercial bog. Workers, some of whom in later years were of Cape Verdean descent, maintained and harvested the bog from the 1880s until 1961.