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Programs about Bats, Archeology, and the United States Life-Saving Service on Tap for Late October at the National Seashore

A brown bat rests in the gloved hands of a researcher at night. In front of the bat, another researcher wearing a bright headlamp is writing notes.
Learn about bat research, archeology at the Great Island Tavern Site, and nighttime tasks of the US Life-Saving Service during late October programs at the national seashore.

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News Release Date: October 15, 2018

Contact: Dani Cessna, South District Interpreter, 508-255-3421, ext. 0305

Contact: William Burke, Cultural Resources Program Manager, 508-255-3421, ext. 0301

Contact: Jody Anastasio, North District Interpreter, 508-487-2100, ext. 0920

WELLFLEET, Mass. – Cape Cod National Seashore staff and researchers will close out the month of October with several special programs focused on seashore resources and history. All programs are free and open to the public. 

Night Patrol and the Orionids at Old Harbor will be held on Sunday, October 21 from 6 to 7:30 pm. Join Ranger Jody Anastasio to enjoy the sunset, and maybe the Orionid meteor shower, if skies are clear. Explore the lives of the surfmen at Old Harbor Life-Saving Station whose tasks to prevent and respond to shipwrecks had them on the beach no matter the weather or the time of day. Meet at Race Point Bathhouse, Provincetown.

Bats of Cape Cod is scheduled for Sunday, October 28 from 2 to 3 pm. This indoor program at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham will be led by researchers currently surveying bat populations in the seashore. See and touch field survey equipment while learning about the serious decline of bats in the northeastern US. Weather permitting, join the bat team at sunset at the Nauset Bicycle Trail for a short walk and mist netting survey. This program is wheelchair accessible. 

A Fresh Look at the Great Island Tavern Site with Cape Cod National Seashore Historian Bill Burke is slated for October 30 at 9:30 am. During this guided hike (two hours round trip in soft sand), explore the stories of this remarkable 1690s archeological site through research conducted by Plimoth Plantation in the 1960s and by UMass Boston this past summer. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water and a snack. Meet at the Great Island trailhead in Wellfleet.

Last updated: October 17, 2018

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