We were approached a few months ago by Dr. Michele Goldsmith about using some still shots from our video to prepare the attached Tedx Talk. Though her views are pretty negative on the aspects of ecotourism we support especially concerning the Mountain Gorillas, we thought it important to share her message for the sake of open an honest debate.
This is another beautiful Cape Cod secret for nature lovers, the Beech Forest out on the road to Race Point is especially beautiful in Spring. Check out some of the beautiful scenery and bird life we had on recent visits. Many migrating passerines get blown into the Cape landscapes on their way north in strong southerly winds (mostly at night) to summer mating areas in the Canadian forests. Due to blocking weather patterns the birds were a bit late in arriving this year. And since summer approaches it is especially special to enjoy Cape Cod’s quiet and often hidden landscapes and wildlife before we once again head back out on the water and the barrier beaches. It will late in the fall before we will again explore inland to any great extent.
As we have noted, and all Cape Codders know, Spring comes late to our little sand spit in the Atlantic. Looking for spring signs of returning migrants has been one of our most enjoyable pastimes the past couple of years as we patiently wait for the water to warm so we can get back out on the sea. We have ventured into some of the more remote parts of the Cape and recently discovered a treasure in our midst, Barnstable’s Sandy Neck and its adjoining Barnstable Marsh. To fully appreciate this Cape Cod wild wonderland one should commit to hiking out the entire neck…. a round trip commitment of 13 miles! Though quite a walk which also must be timed to account for tidal pools that obstruct the trails at higher tides, the experience is worth it and spectacularly beautiful – by far the “piece de resistance” of Cape Cod trekking.
A Lecture at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History: Suitable for ages 11 and up
Thursday, May 23 2013 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM $5/M $7/NM
Explorer, photographer, author and Chatham conservationist, John King will share insights into his personal voyage of re-discovery of the coastal and ocean wildlife that spend time each year in the waters off Cape Cod.
If you are curious about the “back story” behind this photograph be sure and come on May 23rd!
Putting a plug in for joining us for our presentation in Chatham at the Community Center this Saturday, April 20th, at 2:00PM. The event is sponsored by the fine people at Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary. The lecture will be appropriate for all ages (11 and up) so if you know of young people (and their teachers) who might like to get charged up about Cape Cod wildlife please pass the word. And a note for those who have heard John speak before – we will be presenting some exciting new images and stories behind our recent adventures.
See the link below for more details or call Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary – 508-349-2615
Some recent images from excursions into the wild here on the Cape, Definitely signs that Spring is in process. But it is still cold here.
We are happy to back home on Cape Cod and over the past week have started to get back out in the field to see how the slow warming trends of spring here are signaling the changes and new wild visitors. Here are a few images we captured.
After leaving Dominica and our fantastic experiences swimming and observing Sperm whales we made the 1000 mile journey northward via Puerto Rico to join the team at Aquatic Adventures in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Since it is not easy traveling in the Caribbean our journey took several days travel but we finally climbed on board the Turks & Caicos Explorer, our live-aboard dive boat home for the next 6 days and headed out 80 miles to the NNE finding the Silver Bank. These grounds were made famous in colonial times when Spanish treasure ships came to grief on poorly charted coral reefs and deposited lots of treasure on the shallow banks in storms. This was a return trip for us having had the experience in March 2012 and been so moved by it that we vowed to come back for more. We were not disappointed.