Cape Cod National Seashore Science & Research News

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Cape Cod National Seashore has a robust and varied science and research program. Follow this blog to find out about some of the great work we are doing!

Researching Roseate Terns

September 22, 2016 Posted by: Christopher Green

Jeff Spendelow, a USGS Wildlife Research Biologist, has been studying Roseate terns for almost 40 years. He has been coming to Cape Cod National Seashore for the past ten summers, and has been instrumental in showing that Cape Cod provides critical resources for terns staging for the long migration to South America.


Highland Links Goes Green

September 01, 2016 Posted by: Mary Hake and Christopher Green

The first hole at Highland Links Golf Course is part of a pilot study in which it is being treated exclusively with natural, organic products. The method was developed with the help of Chip Osborne of Osborne Organics and Beyond Pesticides, perhaps the foremost expert in natural turf management. The effectiveness of the treatment, begun in 2015, will be evaluated after a few years.


American Bittern

August 18, 2016 Posted by: Holly Bayley & Bob Cook

A wildlife camera trap captured images of an American bittern in a freshwater marsh last April, offering images of one of Cape Cod National Seashore’s most secretive part-time residents.


Marine Debris and Microplastic

August 11, 2016 Posted by: Christopher Green

Marine debris represents a global threat to individual organisms and entire ecosystems. Cape Cod National Seashore deals with marine debris in daily operations from visitor protection to shorebird management and protection. The seashore is also supporting a study to understand the source, distribution, abundance, and impacts of microplastic marine debris over local and regional geographic scales to better understand the associated risk to humans and the environment.


Crab Activity

July 28, 2016 Posted by: Christopher Green

Crab activity


Kettle Ponds and Climate Change

July 21, 2016 Posted by: Sophia Fox & Stephen Smith

Pond water levels affect shoreline plant communities and are closely tied to wetter and drier periods linked to precipitation and drought conditions.


Gypsy Moths and Tangled Webs

July 07, 2016 Posted by: Christopher Green

Gypsy moth outbreaks have occurred regularly in the United States since they were accidentally introduced in the 1860's. The last great outbreak was in 1981. Thought to be held in check by a fungal pathogen since then, warm and dry spring and summer seasons in 2015 and 2016 have limited the growth of the fungus and gypsy moths are once again munching away in epic numbers.


Fourth Annual Science in the Seashore Symposium

June 24, 2014 Posted by: Christopher Green

This popular program features a diverse group of scientists and scholars talking about the many natural and cultural research projects they are conducting within the Cape Cod National Seashore.


Shallow Water Mapping Techniques Workshop

September 30, 2009 Posted by: Megan Tyrrell

On September 30, 2009, the National Park Service's Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit sponsored a workshop on shallow water mapping techniques and challenges at the University of New Hampshire's Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping.


Ponds Workday 2015

May 12, 2015 Posted by: Christopher Green, CCNS Science Communication

Cape Cod National Seashore employees and Americorps volunteers spend a day each spring working to protect fragile pond ecosystems from erosion.


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