Nature Abounds on the Museum Trail

20 Feb Nature Abounds on the Museum Trail

March is very much a month to engage in Cape Cod Nature, from a day-long natural history conference to more than a dozen interactive programs at the Cape’s two Aububon societies in Barnstable and Wellfleet.

Here is a round-up of nature events, many for the entire family, occurring from March 1 to 15.


Nature 365



Cape Cod Museum of Natural History 

Nature 365 is a day to day video journal from January 1 to December 31, highlighting moments in nature offering an authentic and poetic vision of nature of the northern wild biotypes; an innovating program filmed by wildlife photographer and filmmaker Jim Brandenburg and directed by Laurent Joffrion. Each day’s journal is 60 seconds, thereby making the month’s journal about 30 minutes long.

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will be screening Nature 365 monthly throughout March in the John Hay Room from 11:30am-2:30pm on a continuous 30 minute rotating schedule. Click here.




Animal Homes – Art & Architecture in the Natural World


Animal_HOmes_CALENDARCape Cod Museum of Natural History

Animals, like humans, need a place they can call home to provide a safe and stable place to raise a family, whether it’s a bird nest, a bear den, a beaver lodge or spider web. This three-part series features a blend of animation and signature “architectural blueprints” that highlight engineering principles inside the structures and demonstrate just how animals around the globe build their remarkable homes.

Ecologist Chris Morgan serves as your guide to the materials, locations, neighborhoods, and aesthetics of these animal homes, as well as intriguing behaviors and social interactions that take place in and around them.

A Trilogy of original PBS Nature documentaries plays Fridays in March in the Auditorium. Click here. 



22nd Annual Cape Cod Natural History Conference


horseshoe crabWellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Cape Cod Community College
For over 20 years, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary  has organized this full day conference featuring presenters from environmental organizations across Cape Cod, speaking on a diversity of natural history topics. This conference continues to be an engaging, exciting, and fun way to learn about local research projects, conservation efforts, and local environmental organizations.

This event is held at Cape Cod Community College’s Tilden Arts Center. For a full schedule , click here. 

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In Search of Winter Fowl


king_eider_kadams_600Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Think winter is a slow time for birds on Cape Cod? Think again! Ducks, loons, and grebes are plentiful on open water throughout the winter and early spring. Join a Wellfleet Bay naturalist at Wellfleet Harbor for up-close studies of winter waterfowl. Bring binoculars; we’ll provide a scope.

This program meets at the Wellfleet Town Pier. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Binoculars recommended.  Click here.




Dancing with Woodcocks


woodcock_laurameyers (1)Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary
The American Woodcock struts, spirals into the sky, hovers whirring and twittering, then zigzags down to where he started and begins again.
Hopefully, the wild gyrations of this odd-looking shorebird will impress the female judges. Come watch the reclusive woodcock make a spectacle of himself.

Is That a Snake?


black-rat-snake-c-joy-marzolf-320_small_landscapeLong Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary
If so, what kind of New England snake is it?
The Wildlife on Tap lecture series sponsored by Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary is at Cape Cod Beer. It’s a special event each winter where attendees can learn about wildlife over some fine beverages. Each presenter in the series is an expert in the field. Come have a beer and learn something new about some of Cape Cod’s amazing critters!








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