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Capturing Nature in Field Notes Program at Province Lands Visitor Center

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Date: July 13, 2011
Contact: Jody Anastasio, North District Interpreter, 508-487-1256

Technological advances may have changed the way scientists store and analyze data, but anyone who goes into the field for research still has to consider how to keep notes.

On Tuesday, August 9th at 3:00 PM, join Michael R. Canfield, editor of Field Notes on Science and Nature, to see how naturalists have recorded observations in the field throughout history. Canfield will share anecdotes, maps, photographs, and drawings, from both contemporary and historical naturalists, that provide a glimpse of exhilarating expeditions and important discoveries. A lecturer on Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, Canfield will also provide practical advice on common practices, pitfalls, and basic techniques anyone can use to document their adventures in the natural world. The one-hour presentation is free, accessible and takes place at the Province Lands Visitor Center.

IF YOU GO: The Province Lands Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 PM. Staff members are available to answer questions, assist with activity planning, and provide hiking and bicycling trail information. The visitor center features exhibits on the Outer Cape's natural and cultural resources, orientation films, and a bookstore with interpretive items for sale, such as books, maps, games and puzzles. The 360-degree rooftop observation deck provides views of the surrounding dunes and sea. A listing of all of the National Seashore's programs is available at the two seashore visitor centers, or on-line at www.nps.gov/caco.

 

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Did You Know?

Cape Cod

In the mid-19th century, Henry David Thoreau walked the Atlantic coastline of Cape Cod, recording his adventures in his narrative "Cape Cod". To literally follow in Thoreau’s footsteps today would require scuba gear. Cape Cod’s Outer Beach sees an average erosion rate of close to 4 feet per year.