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Cape Cod and Islands Events

Clapper rail in Brewster © Ryan Schain

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event March 17, 2018

Now in its 23rd year, the annual Cape Cod Natural History Conference features speakers from environmental organizations across Cape Cod discussing a wide array of natural history topics. 

Cape Cod and Islands News

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Students visiting cold-stunned sea turtles

Cape Cod school students live close to where world-renowned sea turtle rescue work happens, and yet many are unaware of it or know little about it. But the sanctuary’s education staff is changing that, one classroom at a time.

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Volunteer Heather Pilchard rescues a Kemp’s ridley on Great Island
Volunteer Heather Pilchard rescuing a Kemp’s ridley on Great Island

The weather conditions that signal the start of stranding season arrived in November, and our volunteers began finding cold-stunned sea turtles. To date, more than 350 turtles have been rescued.

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Raccoon tracks © Rosemary Mosco
Raccoon tracks © Rosemary Mosco

In the winter months, when animal activity seems to be down, you can often find signs of the few animals that remain active on Martha’s Vineyard this time of year—especially in freshly fallen snow. 

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Funnel web weaver spider © Myer Bornstein
Funnel web weaver spider © Myer Bornstein

The webs of funnel web weaver spiders might just be the very prettiest parlors of all, ready for a cricket, ant, or grasshopper to drop by for a visit. Gorgeous funnel-shaped webs—usually invisible—are now noticeable, glistening with dew in the damp mornings. 

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Susie Schwoch

This past summer, Felix Neck lost a very special friend and dedicated volunteer with the passing of Susie Schwoch. She loved all animals and came by to Felix Neck many years ago offering to become a regular volunteer.

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Piping Plover and Chicks © John Van deGraaff
Piping Plover and Chicks © John Van deGraaff

The Coastal Waterbird team at Felix Neck monitored piping plovers, terns, and American oystercatchers at 18 sites on Martha’s Vineyard during the 2017 nesting season (March through August). This year, we had to take the good with the bad in terms of reproductive success.