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Contact: Sue Moynihan, Chief Interpreter, 508-957-0738
You may see Cape Cod National Seashore's mapping specialists out on the beach, in salt marshes, or in dune grasslands wheeling their GPS devices to get the lay of the land. Join Cape Cod National Seashore's Geographic Information Specialist Mark Adams and Coastal Vulnerability Specialist and Mapping Technician Mike Tanis on Tuesday, June 30, at 7 PM at Salt Pond Visitor Center, for a free, one-hour presentation about the importance of this work and how it informs us about park resources.
The work done by Mark and Mike is important to seashore scientists and the public because it helps us understand the changing shoreline, the aquifer, the effects of storms, and the fate of the habitats that support the park's wildlife. They use the technology of GPS and satellites, but also rely on their powers of observation and knowledge of landscape ecology to keep maps and data up-to-date. Come see examples of the mapping equipment they use and learn how you can use your powers of observation to better understand what's going on across Cape Cod National Seashore's landscapes.
Mark Adams has been the seashore's Geographic Information Specialist since 1993. He is also a landscape painter and diligent keeper of sketchbooks. Mike Tanis is the seashore's Coastal Vulnerability Specialist and Mapping Technician as well as a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.
This upcoming program is part of the annual "Tuesday Evening Series" at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. Held weekly at 7 PM in the summer in the air-cooled comfort of the visitor center auditorium, programs cover the diverse natural and cultural resources of the Outer Cape and are suitable for all ages, 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 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 book and 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.