"Wildlife on Tap" Lecture Series

February 26, 2020

The Wildlife on Tap lecture series at Cape Cod Beer is a special event each winter where attendees can learn about wildlife over some fine beverages. Each presenter in this series is an expert in their field. Come have a beer and learn something new about the Cape's majestic creatures from charismatic individuals who have made it their life's mission to protect them!

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$10 Members • $13 Nonmembers

Admission is $15 at the door

Purchase tickets for just one night or for all four! Your ticket includes free popcorn and other goodies. Award-winning beer, plus wine and soda, available for purchase.

Location: Cape Cod Beer (1336 Phinneys Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601). Get Directions >



Green Sweat Bee on flower © Brian Hale
Green Sweat Bee © Brian Hale

The People - Pollinator - Biodiversity Connection

February 26, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Robert Gegear, PhD  Professor of Biology at UMASS Dartmouth

Pollinators are declining at an unprecedented rate worldwide due to human-induced rapid environmental change. These declines pose a significant threat to our food supply and, consequently, there has been major focus on the development and implementation of conservation strategies aimed to increase pollinator abundance in agricultural areas.

However, the ecological needs of 98% of wild pollinator species are not considered in such strategies because they do not visit crop plants. These wild pollinators play a critical role in maintaining the function and diversity of natural ecosystems through their unique relationship with native flowering plant species—including providing food, shelter, and nesting habitat for birds and other wildlife. The continued degradation of native pollination systems therefore poses a significant threat to life on our planet.

Dr. Robert J. Gegear will discuss what you can do to help protect and restore our native pollination systems—as well as the ecological networks that they support—in your own backyard.

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Great Shearwater © Rob MacDonald
Great Shearwater © Rob MacDonald

Unraveling Mysteries of the Great Shearwater

March 25, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Kevin Powers  Former Research Ornithologist at Stellwagen Bank NMS

Great Shearwaters (Ardenna gravis) are the most abundant shearwater in the northwest Atlantic during their wintering season, yet we still don't understand that much about them. Using satellite telemetry over the past 7 years, researchers at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary are starting to figure where they go and how long they stay, along with the reasons why.

Keith Powers serves as a research ornithologist for this project with the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary funded by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Keith is retired from the tech industry and has experience working with seabirds in Alaska with LSU and at the Manomet Bird Observatory.

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California Two-spot Octopus © Tom Kleindinst/Marine Biological Laboratory
California Two-spot Octopus © Tom Kleindinst/MBL

Cephalopod DNA: A Tour of the Fantastically Weird Octopus Genome

April 22, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Carrie Albertin, PhD  Hibbitt Fellow at Marine Biological Laboratory

Octopuses are fantastically weird animals: they have flexible, sucker-lined arms, three hearts, blue blood, and skin that can change color and texture in the blink of an eye. They also have the largest invertebrate nervous systems, and complex camera-type eyes to rival our own. To better understand how octopuses and their cephalopod cousins, the squid and the cuttlefish, make these amazing and strange bodies, we can dive into their DNA, looking for the genes that may be responsible for different features.

Dr. Carrie Albertin will take us on a tour of the octopus genome, highlighting some exciting genes that are new to science, and others that show us that the octopus is similar to us in unexpected ways.

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