Cape Cod National Seashore

Congress Slashes $101 Million From National Park Service Budget. More To Come?

One-thirteenth of 1 percent of the federal budget gets you funding for the entire National Park System and the agency that oversees it. Yet that miniscule sliver hasn't stopped Congress from eyeing the National Park Service for cuts to help rein-in the federal deficit.

Return of Piping Plovers Means Restrictions on Kites, Dogs at Cape Cod National Seashore

Dogs and kite-flying are being restricted at some Cape Cod National Seashore beaches due to the annual arrival of piping plovers in search of breeding grounds.

Cape Cod National Seashore Updates Exhibits at Salt Pond Visitor Center

Some new exhibits have been added to the Salt Pond Visitor Center at Cape Cod National Seashore. One examines the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and how it impacts the national seashore, while the other explores the tribes that lived on the cape.

Friends of Cape Cod National Seashore Needs Your Help To Refurbish Old Harbor Life-Saving Station

Character and sense of place often can be found within a national park's cultural resources. But if those resources are historic, they can be in danger of vanishing without proper attention. At Cape Cod National Seashore, the friends group is seeing that a turn-of-the-20th-century life-saving station is getting that attention.

National Park Mystery Photo 32 Revealed: One of Three In a Row

The recent haste in which readers have been solving the Traveler's Mystery Photos prompted us to go to extremes this time around and use a more tightly cropped photo.

Cape Cod National Seashore Offering Special Programs For February School Vacation

If you live on or near Cape Cod and are wondering how to keep your children occupied during the upcoming February break, the folks at Cape Cod National Seashore have a week-long series of activities to help you out.

Cape Cod National Seashore Turns 50 This Year

It was 50 years ago that, in a move one newspaper ventured could rightly be called "the finest victory ever recorded for the cause of conservation in New England," that President John F. Kennedy created Cape Cod National Seashore.

Moving From Fall Towards Winter In the National Parks

The transition from fall to winter is harsher than the ones from spring to summer or summer to fall. The signs practically assault your senses. And yet, the transition can be much too quick.

Interior Secretary Signs Cape Wind Project Lease, Stresses Need for U.S. to Be Energy Independent

Stressing the need for energy independence and technological progress, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has signed a lease that will allow 130 wind turbines to be rooted in Nantucket Sound.

More National Parks Brace for Hurricane Earl

As Hurricane Earl assails the Outer Banks parks, producing damaging winds, rough surf, overwash, and beach erosion, Cape Cod National Seashore and other coastal parks in the Middle Atlantic and New England regions get ready for the powerful storm's arrival.

Biking Along Moors Road in Cape Cod National Seashore To Become A bit Safer

A two-mile section of winding road in Cape Cod National Seashore will gain some improvements that will make it safer for bicyclists...and motorists, as well.

Great White Shark Reported At Cape Cod National Seashore

Marine biologists are trying to determine whether a shark spotted at Cape Cod National Seashore was a great white.

Cape Cod National Seashore to Celebrate Summer With Free Concert, "The Shore Thing"

Call it a serenade to summer, but next Tuesday a free concert celebrating the "life and nature on Cape Cod" will be performed at the Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown.

Pocket Guides Help Explain The Nature You See in National Parks

A series of inexpensive folding pocket guides can help you easily identify some of the nature you see in national parks.

Learn About Restoration of Herring River at Cape Cod National Seashore

For more than a century the Herring River, which flows through Cape Cod National Seashore, has struggled ecologically due to a dike built to keep mosquitoes from breeding in the surrounding salt water marsh. Now a collaborative effort is under way to restore the ecosystem.
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Mark Your Calendars: Cape Cod National Seashore Celebrates "Highlands Fest" July 10

Mid-July travelers to Cape Cod National Seashore should consider attending the Highlands Fest: Reflections of the Coast, a festival that melds art, education, science, and volunteerism.

Let's Stay Safe In the National Parks This Summer, Okay?

Summer's arrival and the height of the vacation season is filling the National Park System with folks and families looking to relax, kick back, and enjoy being together in fabulous settings. Let's just not forget to be safe out there, though.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Dispute Places Birds, Turtles, and Humans on Small Strip of Sand

A diminutive shorebird and a string of villages both dependent on the same necklace of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina are being pinched in a precarious setting that demonstrates the folly of trying to control nature.

More Controversy Tied to Religion and Wind Energy Likely To Surface Around the National Park System

More controversy likely is in the offing for decisions affecting landscapes in the National Park System. One settles a long-standing dispute over religious symbols on public lands, the other wind farms.

Cape Cod National Seashore Officials Revisit Plan To Kill Crows To Help Piping Plovers

Cape Cod National Seashore officials, who earlier this year were proposing to kill crows in an effort to protect piping plovers, are backing away from the plan due to the prospective of being sued over the matter. Instead the seashore will spend this year reviewing its shorebird management plan.
Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks Television shows love to portray park rangers as fit and polite, beaming dazzling smiles, displaying knowledge that knows no bounds, nerves of steel, and with dashing personalities. And then there are the realities, as Andrea Lankford describes in her latest book, Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks.

Recent Storms Took A Toll on Cape Cod National Seashore Beaches

While recent storms pounded Mid-Atlantic states and New England with heavy snows, they also pummeled the beaches of Cape Cod National Seashore.

Interior Secretary Salazar To Handle "Cape Wind" Decision Himself

With negotiations on how best to handle the "Cape Wind" wind farm project proposed for Nantucket Sound apparently deadlocked, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has decided to make a decision on the project himself.

Reader Participation Day: Are We Overreaching With Wildlife Management in National Parks?

How far should national park managers go when it comes to wildlife management issues? That's a controversial issue in some circles, as evidenced by the concern being raised over a proposal at Cape Cod National Seashore to poison some crows that have developed a knack for preying on piping plovers, a threatened species along the Atlantic Seaboard under the Endangered Species Act, whose nests are seemingly protected by enclosures.

Cape Cod National Seashore Plan to Protect Piping Plovers By Killing Some Crows Not Welcomed by All

In the world of bird hierarchy, crows are considered one of the most intelligent birds out there. And it's this intelligence that has Cape Cod National Seashore officials considering a plan to kill some of the smartest crows on the cape with hopes of bolstering populations of piping plovers, a diminutive bird that, while perhaps not as brainy as crows, could face extinction if its numbers don't increase.
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National Park Quiz 78: Harbors

Don’t harbor any illusions; this month’s quiz is no walk in the park. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: "During the 1950s, some scientists suggested that 'instant harbors' could be created with well-placed atomic bombs."

Art in the Parks: Cape Cod National Seashore and Bandelier National Monument

For going on 150 years the landscapes of the National Park System have been inspiring artists. Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt and Maynard Dixon are just three of the long, distinguished roster of artists who found their proverbial muse in places such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion national parks. Here are two more you can add to that list, one contemporary, one from the early 20th Century.

Reader Participation Day: Which is Your Favorite National Seashore?

Which is your favorite national seashore, and why? Seems like a pretty straightforward question, no?

21 National Park System Units Nominated For "Marine Protected Area" Status

Twenty-one units of the National Park System, including five national seashores and four national lakeshores, have been nominated for status as "Marine Protected Areas."
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