News & Events
This free biennial conference is open to the public and will feature presentations on horseshoe crabs and their conservation status. There will also be information on current research on horseshoe crabs and how it relates to their harvest and management, especially on the Outer Cape.
With your help, we can protect this important property and protect the health of the estuary, provide wildlife habitat and maintain critical nesting habitat for diamondback terrapins for years to come.
It’s a chance to pursue a curiosity, indulge a passion, or even to shift careers. Cape Cod Field Schools offer adults special opportunities to explore and learn about the unique nature of Cape Cod.
After all the cold and snow, we're planning to make the most of spring by exploring the sanctuary as it wakes up from a long winter. Join us for visits to vernal pools, Silver Spring pond, and the trails after dark! We'll also head to the beach to look for whales feeding close to shore.
Wellfleet Bay has been awarded a $50,000 grant by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust to go beyond our annual horseshoe crab spawning surveys and actually track where the crabs travel and hang out. One goal is to determine whether Wellfleet Harbor’s crabs are part of a wider population that moves around Cape Cod Bay or a local population that sticks to the harbor and requires special protection.
Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary runs the largest annual cold-stunned sea turtle rescue program in the world. This year well over 1200 endangered or threatened turtles were recovered from Cape Cod beaches, nearly three times the previous record in 2012.
It’s usually pretty easy to spot volunteer Karen Strauss: she’s the one with the camera, whether it’s a special community event, a nest of hatching turtles, or a turtle necropsy. Probably a third of the sanctuary’s photo library came from Karen! An active citizen scientist, Karen may be one of the relatively few who […]