Published on July 18, 2018

Fall Field Schools Offer Unforgettable Nature Experiences

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Come to the Outer Cape after the summer crowds are gone! Give yourself an immersive weekend outdoors and a chance to learn about the Cape’s fascinating wildlife. We have several upcoming Field School programs for adults that promise to leave you with great memories of your Cape Cod visit.

Terns flying aloft at Nauset Marsh © Phyllis Mandel
Terns at Nauset Marsh © Phyllis Mandel

Shorebirds & Seabirds

Friday, September 7–Sunday, September 9

Join ornithologist David Clapp to observe the wide range of shorebirds for which the Outer Cape is famous in the fall. This course is designed to give the novice birder, or those inexperienced with coastal birds, the skills to identify the “peeps,” plovers, and other shorebird species. The weekend includes boat trips to some of the area’s best birding hot spots, including some offshore. 

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Gray Seal © "Krill" Carson
Gray Seal © "Krill" Carson

Whales & Seals of Cape Cod

Friday, September 14–Sunday, September 16

The rich, productive waters of Cape Cod Bay and beyond are the home and foraging areas for many species of large baleen whales and seals. Some species pass through seasonally while others utilize this area all year. Join scientists and experienced naturalists—including Lisa Sette, Elizabeth Bradfield, and Krill Carson—who study and follow the whales and seals of the Cape. The weekend includes boat trips and shoreline walks in search of species that are sometimes close enough to view from the beach. 

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Acadian Flycatcher upclose
Acadian Flycatcher

Fall Migrants

Friday, October 19–Sunday, October 21

Songbird migration peaks on the Cape in mid-October bringing a wonderful diversity of southbound birds passing through along with birds returning to the Cape for the winter. Expert birders Joel Wagner and Christine Bates will guide you through key birding spots. There will also be a trip to our Wellfleet Bay bird banding station where you’ll meet researchers and see birds at very close range. 

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