Great White Sharks off the Coast of Cape Cod
Cape Cod has become a white shark hot spot in the Northwest Atlantic, presenting a rare opportunity to study the species and unique challenges related to public safety. White sharks are apex predators that play a critical role in maintaining a healthy and balanced marine ecosystem. They are also considered a keystone species, meaning they are integral to the ecology they inhabit.
Cynthia Wigren established the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy in 2012 to provide sustainable funding and resources for research, improve public understanding of sharks, and inspire conservation. Come hear her talk about their findings, ongoing work and perspective on this evolving phenomenon.
Cynthia holds a BS in Wildlife Management from University of New Hampshire and MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Cynthia spent twelve years working for online trading companies in the energy industry, with a focus on project management and strategic planning. Cynthia is an avid traveler and a scuba diver with a deep appreciation for wildlife on land and sea. Her underwater experiences with whale sharks, great hammerheads, nurse sharks, and great white sharks, inspired her to leave the corporate world and establish Atlantic White Shark Conservancy to support shark research and conservation.
Archer: “Tracking the Town Brook Travelers”
This past September, the final major step in the nearly
16-year project to restore Plymouth’s historic Town Brook began: the removal of
the Holmes Dam. Through this period, Abigail has tracked the river herring
moving through the brook both before and after the dame removal. She’ll share
the findings of her research with us, along with pictures and anecdotes from
Abigail Franklin Archer works as an Extension Agent and Marine Resource Specialist for two entities with shared goals; the Barnstable County Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Marine Program and Woods Hole Sea Grant. She works with shellfish growers, municipal natural resource managers, shellfish constables and river herring wardens to carry out monitoring and scientific research projects that answer their questions about marine resources. As a volunteer she serves on the Town of Brewster Coastal Committee and is working with her fellow members to help the town plan for the effects of sea level rise.
Abigail earned a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science and Dance from Hampshire College in 2002 and a Masters of Science in Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2009. In 2009 she served as a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow at NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, Domestic Division.
“Our Monarch Butterflies” with Bill Allan
Ecologist Bill Allan initiated a conservation project in 2002 to recover the population of the threatened diamondback terrapin in Eastham’s bay marshes. For the past 17 years, he has spent every day during nesting/hatching season finding & protecting terrapin nests, then releasing the hatchlings. The number of nests has quadrupled to 245 in 2018 and, correspondingly, the number of hatchlings released has increased from about 400 to 2000. Although still classified as threatened, the population of terrapins is much healthier today. Recently, he & his wife Annie observed monarch butterfly caterpillars on some milkweed plants in their backyard which, through their involvement with the Eastham Conservation Foundation, got them interested in helping recover the population of monarch butterflies.
Travel to Myanmar with Marilyn Cook
Each year, Marilyn travels to Asia to explore a new culture. Last year she flew into Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) and spent two weeks exploring the country by bus, marveling at the hundreds of old temples thousands of years old, some of gold leaf, one of gold. She took a hot air baloon over the temples of Bagan as the sun was rising. This Sunday, Marily will share her impressions of this very old culture and tales of her adventures while traveling there.
Marilyn’s passion for Asia began in the early 2000’s. She and her husband became ‘Global Volunteers’ and went to China every year to teach Conversational English to Chinese English teachers. We got to know many Chinese and went to State dinners as well as dinners in our student’s parent’s homes in small villages and Mountain areas. After her husband passed, she traveled throughout Cambodia & Thailand with her son. Since then, she been traveling by herself to the Philippines, Vietnam, Burma and Bali, Indonesia.
Whaling Captain Edward Penniman was 73 years old when reporters from the New Bedford Times interviewed him for a profile. It had been almost 20 years since his last voyage but he was full of tales from his journeys, some accompanied by his wife Betsy (“Gustie”), encountering confederate warships and bringing baby bear cubs on board. Join Bob Seay for a deep dig into a little visited slice of local history.
Bob Seay is the president of Nauset Fellowship and was its founding president in the early 1970s. Bob’s been an avid collector of local lore for decades although he may be better known for his broadcast work as a public radio personality on Boston’s WGBH and occasional contributor to WCAI.
A musical morning with Cumberland – the acoustic duo of Jim Rohrer and Lynda Shuster
Cumberland performs the traditional songs and tunes of Southern Appalachians accompanied by guitar, banjo, tenor banjo and mandolin. Jim and Lynda draw heavily on the repertoire of the Carter Family and early bluegrass and string band music, and weave these influences into contemporary songs as well.
Jim Rohrer has toured and recorded with Southern Rail. His is currently host of WOMR’s Bradford Street Bluegrass. Lynda Shuster is also a member of Bourbon Street.