"Wildlife on Tap" Lecture Series

March 27, 2019

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

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



Atlantic Shortfin Mako © Simon Thorrold
Atlantic Shortfin Mako © Simon Thorrold

The Secret Lives of New England Sharks

March 27, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Simon Thorrold, PhD  Senior Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The ocean around New England is home to a stunning array of pelagic sharks and rays, yet we know remarkably little about the ecology of these amazing predators. This is problematic for effective conservation and management of their populations and, in one notable case (the Great White Shark), public safety.

We are using satellite tags to gain a better understanding of the shark and ray movements in the North Atlantic Ocean, with some surprising results. Closing the knowledge gap on pelagic predators in our waters is essential if we are to effectively conserve these species in the face of increasing pressure on ocean ecosystem services and the potential effects of climate change on the global ocean.

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Herring research in the Coonamessett River © Linda Deegan
© Linda Deegan

Fish Tales: Restoring the Coonamessett River

April 24, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Linda Deegan, PhD  Woods Hole Research Center

Coastal rivers and the fish that inhabit them have been important throughout the history of New England. Join us to hear the tale of the Coonamessett River, once so full of herring that a war was fought over the harvest. But, later, the abundant herring perished when the river was straightened and dammed for waterpower and agriculture.

Today, through restoration, this crown jewel of Falmouth is coming full circle back to being a river with plentiful fish and natural scenic beauty. Dr. Deegan will discuss how her work on herring migration has helped to shape the river's restoration.

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