Cape Cod Natural History Conference to Take Hiatus in 2022
The 2021 Cape Cod Natural History Conference was noteworthy for two reasons: it was the 25th annual event and it was the first time the conference was held virtually.
But as we look ahead to 2022, Mass Audubon Cape Cod has made the difficult decision not to hold the conference next March.
The Value of Gathering In Person
While this year’s virtual event featured an excellent roster of presenters and topics, the webinar format reminded us how much of the conference’s value is drawing people from our local environmental community to connect face to face.
It's a chance for casual naturalists to chat with experts, for students to network and meet other young scientists, and for researchers from the area’s many respected conservation and environmental organizations to catch up outside of email.
Because the conference typically attracts an audience of approximately 200 or more people, it seemed unlikely that we would be able to safely hold an in-person event of this size.
Worth the Wait
While we’ll certainly miss the chance to share the important work being done by researchers and organizations across the region, we look forward to being able to bring the conference back in-person when conditions allow and when the event can serve its full mission. Here’s hoping we can gather with everyone in 2023!