Sections of Boardwalk Closed at Red Maple Swamp Trail
Sections of the boardwalk at the Red Maple Swamp Trail have been closed due to structural deterioration and safety concerns. Check at Salt Pond Visitor Center for the current status of this trail, and for your safety, remain out of closed areas.
Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Live Owl Program
Contact: Sue Haley, 508-255-3421
Owls are often the first bird young children learn to identify. Their wise-looking eyes and cuddly-looking bodies give them a distinctly human appearance. Even though they are seldom heard and rarely seen, owl images and owl characters populate our culture and imaginations in many surprising ways. Time and again, we have seen a childlike sense of wonder awakened by these animals, regardless of the age of the audience. Join Perry Ellis from Mass Audubon's Blue Hills Trailside Museum for a free, one-hour live owl presentation at 7 PM on Tuesday, July 15, at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham.
This program will explore what makes owls special, the role they play in the environment, and how humans affect their survival. Attendees will be able to see the owls up close, handle touchable natural history artifacts, and ask questions of an experienced naturalist. This program is presented by Mass Audubon's Blue Hills Trailside Museum. The museum, located in the Blue Hills Reservation outside of Boston, features native non-releasable wildlife and exhibits on the natural history of Massachusetts. Thousands of people enjoy and learn from the educational programs and events offered at the museum each year.
This program is part of 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 focus on the diverse natural and cultural resources on the Outer Cape and are suitable for all ages. Programs are free of charge and accessible. The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham, and can be contacted by calling 508-255-3421. The center is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM, with staffto assist with activity planning. Visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh, and shop in the gift and bookstore featuring national seashore-related items. For more information about the seashore's programs, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/caco.
Did You Know?
The hydrologic system of lower Cape Cod consists of four distinct ground-water lenses, or flow cells, which receive recharge through precipitation. Other hydrologic features besides groundwater include kettle ponds, freshwater wetlands (vernal ponds), freshwater streams, and estuarine wetlands.