Wellfleet Conservation Trust coordinates COASTSWEEP 2018 on September 29 and seeks citizen volunteers to clean Wellfleet Harbor Coastline

coastsweep1Wellfleet Conservation Trust (WCT) announces that it is organizing volunteer efforts to conduct the annual COASTSWEEP program for the Wellfleet Harbor coastline. As before, this year’s program will coordinate with co-sponsors including the Wellfleet Recycling Committee, the Wellfleet Conservation Commission, the Open Space Committee, and the Friends of Herring River.

Last year’s Wellfleet sweep included 30 volunteers in 11 teams, covered more than 8 miles of beaches, and recovered 400 pounds of plastics and other debris. The clean-up took approximately two hours.

coastsweep2Since 1987, volunteers throughout Massachusetts have turned out for the annual COASTSWEEP cleanup organized by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). Each September and October, thousands of volunteers collect literally tons of trash from beaches, marshes, river banks and the seafloor. COASTSWEEP participants join hundreds of thousands of other volunteers in the world’s largest volunteer effort for the ocean—Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup—collecting trash, fishing line and other marine debris and recording data on what they find. This data is used to find solutions for keeping trash out of the ocean.

As part of the annual COASTSWEEP, the local cleanup is organizing at the Wellfleet Mayo Beach parking area on Kendrick Avenue at 9 AM, Saturday September 29. The rain date for this event will be the next day, September 30. No advanced sign-up is needed, so volunteers are asked to come to Mayo Beach to be assigned to a small team and a section of beaches for the Sweep. All supplies are being provided, but if you want your own gloves and reusable water bottles, it is suggested that you bring them. No water crossings are expected, so regular footwear should suffice.

For further information, please see full press release or contact us.

Photos from 2017 CoastSweep – Wellfleet Harbor, October 9, 2017.

Wellfleet Conservation Trust Seeks volunteers for COASTSWEEP 2016 on October 10 which will coordinate with 5 Gyres Institute special activities on Cape Cod

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE………………………………CONTACT: DENNIS O’CONNELL   info@wellfleetconservationtrust.org……………………………….508-349-2162

(Wellfleet, MA… September 12, 2016) – Wellfleet Conservation Trust (WCT) announces that it is organizing volunteer efforts to conduct the annual COASTSWEEP program for the Wellfleet coastline. This year’s program will specially coordinate with the efforts by the Wellfleet Recycling Committee to highlight the worldwide efforts of the 5 Gyres Institute to improve the oceans quality and better attack marine debris and litter, especially plastic. In addition to the Wellfleet Recycling Committee, other co-sponsoring organizations include Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, the Wellfleet Conservation Commission, the Open Space Committee, and the Friends of the Herring River.

Since 1987, volunteers throughout Massachusetts have turned out for the annual COASTSWEEP cleanup organized by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). Each September and October, thousands of volunteers collect literally tons of trash from beaches, marshes, river banks and the seafloor. COASTSWEEP participants join hundreds of thousands of other volunteers in the world’s largest volunteer effort for the ocean—Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup—collecting trash, fishing line and other marine debris and recording data on what they find. This data is used to find solutions for keeping trash out of the ocean.

The non-profit 5 Gyres Institute has been fighting plastic ocean pollution for nearly a decade. Beginning in 2010, 5 Gyres began research in all five subtropical gyres, as well as the great lakes and Antarctica. Their study on plastic microbeads pollution in the Great Lakes led to the federal ban on microbeads, signed into law by President Obama in 2015. The founders of 5 Gyres will be making special presentations in Wellfleet during October as part of The Wellfleet Ocean Week sponsored by the Recycling Committee ( http://wellfleetoceanweek.org/ ). 5 Gyres’ website is http://www.5gyres.org/ .

As part of the annual COASTSWEEP, the local cleanup is organizing at the Wellfleet Mayo Beach parking area on Kendrick Avenue at 10 AM, Monday October 10, (Columbus Day). Volunteers are asked to come to that point to be assigned to a small team and a section of beaches for the sweep. All supplies are being provided, but if you want your own gloves and reusable water bottles, it is suggested that you bring them. For further information, please contact either Dennis O’Connell (508-349-2162) or Lonni Briggs (508-349-2614)

In cooperation with children’s author Heidi Clemmer, WELLFLEET CONSERVATION TRUST offers a new edition of the program: Tales & Trails: Nature Walks for Young Explorers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ………………………………CONTACT: DENNIS O’CONNELL   info@wellfleetconservationtrust.org………………………………  508-349-2162                                                                                                                                                                                        (Wellfleet, MA… September 8, 2016) – Wellfleet Conservation Trust (WCT) announces that it is again cosponsoring the successful Tales & Trails: Nature Walks for Young Explorers programs of after-school walks through some of Wellfleet’s conservation areas. The programs will be led by Heidi Clemmer and Marisa Picariello, the author and the illustrator of a new series of nature books for children. The program will expose kids and families to the beauty of Wellfleet’s open space lands while teaching them about the habitats and wildlife of the outer Cape. Each of the programs will focus on a different eco-system and will be paired with one of the books in their series.

After 21 years as an elementary school teacher, Heidi Clemmer retired and decided to devote her leisure time and energies to her true passion: teaching children about nature. With illustrator and collaborator Marisa Picariello, she has launched a nature book series called “Cape Cod Eco-Tales”. The Tales & Trails: Nature Walks for Young Explorers is a program that combines the educational content of Clemmer’s books with a live ‘hands-on’ experience in nature. The children get to listen, explore and create: they hear a lively and imaginative nature story told by the author and illustrator, explore the corresponding ecosystem, and then create their own souvenir of the experience in art, writing, or photography. WCT President Dennis O’Connell stated “In addition to being a thoroughly enjoyable family activity, we hope it will foster an early appreciation of the surrounding habitats and natural resources in our kids, something they can keep throughout their lifetimes.”

The walks are planned for Wednesday afternoons and are geared towards children 6-9 accompanied by an adult, although all are welcome. There is no cost to participate. The programs schedules are:

September 28 at the Indian Neck Beach featuring the book Barrier Beach Bums,

October 26 at Uncle Tim’s Bridge featuring the book Salt Marsh Secrets,

November 9 at Bound brook Island featuring the book Heathland Habitat,

April 5 at The Walker Conservation Land and Trail featuring the book Vernal Pool Visitors,

May 10 at Gull Pond featuring the book Kettle Pond Community, and

June 7 at Newcomb Hollow Beach featuring the book Dune Dwellers.

Advance registration is required. The walks begin at 2:30PM, meeting at locations. Tales & Trails is funded by WCT and supported in part by a grant from the Wellfleet Cultural Council, a local agency which receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. To register or inquire about the walks, email Heidi Clemmer at ecotales@aol.com.

Press release: 10th Annual Walk, Lieutenant’s Island

WCT 10th Annual Guided Walk; map by Wellfleet Conservation Trust
WCT 10th Annual Guided Walk; map by Wellfleet Conservation Trust

Contact: Bill Iacuessa, 508-349-9185

Wellfleet Conservation Trust (WCT) will offer its 10th Annual Guided Walk on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 beginning at 9AM. The walk, which is open to the public, free of charge, will be a tour of Lieutenant’s Island in South Wellfleet guided by local experts.

The WCT Annual Guided Walk is a tradition that began in 2007 for the public to experience the beauty of Wellfleet’s open space and conservation lands while being guided by naturalists and other local experts who share their knowledge of the history, geology, and ecology of the areas being explored.

The island’s name is spelled two different ways above. This year’s walk will explain why as well as cover such topics as the causeway and bridge, terrapin gardens, early settlers and island history, aquaculture, role of the Lt. Island Association, erosion, and whale try works and salt haying. The guides will points out the various vistas along with conservation lands.

The walk will begin at 9AM on Saturday, September 10th at the beginning of the Lt. Island causeway (before the bridge). Parking will be limited so carpooling is recommended. The walk is about 2.7 miles in length. Walkers will be offered the opportunity to leave the walk earlier if necessary. Estimated time of the walk is 2.5 – 3.0 hours. Much of the walk is exposed and about half is along the shore of Blackfish Creek. The walk is free of charge, all are welcome to participate, and no reservation is necessary. Rain date is Sunday, September 11h at 9AM at the same location. If there is a rain date, it will be announced on the WCT website by 6:30 AM on the 10th.

August 20, 2016: 32nd Annual Meeting

Mr. Peter Trull, Cape Cod Naturalist, author and educator, delivered the keynote address, based on his recent book entitled The Gray Curtain – The Impact of Seals, Sharks and Commercial Fishing along the Northeast Coast, at the Wellfleet Conservation Trust (WCT) Annual Meeting and Review at the Wellfleet Council on Aging.

Mr. Trull showed, through discussion and vivid photographs, the relationship between commercial fishing, expanding gray seal populations and great white sharks along the beaches and in the waters of Cape Cod. This “Gray Curtain” has come about after geologic and environmental changes, as well as animal migrations and population increases. Each has had an effect on the location and, though daily and seasonal changes are accepted as normal, there are great transformations taking place that may go unnoticed, some, unexplained.

“Mr. Trull’s presentation is of current interest, in light of the public’s adoration of seals, the recreational and commercial fishers’ frustrations with the seals and the growing public awareness of increases in great white shark sightings in Wellfleet and other parts of the Cape,” says WCT President Dennis O’Connell.

The WCT Annual Meeting began at 10:00 AM at the Wellfleet Council on Aging, 715 Old King’s Hwy in Wellfleet. Annual Meetings are open to the public; no reservation needed. Light refreshments are provided. Prior to Mr. Trull’s presentation, the Trust held its short annual business meeting and presented a historical overview of the group’s actions and achievements.

Tales & Trails: Nature walks for young explorers

The Wellfleet Conservation Trust sponsors Tales & Trails: Nature Walks for Young Explorers, a new program of after-school walks through some of Wellfleet’s conservation areas. The walks are led by Heidi Clemmer, author of a new series of nature books for children. The program will expose kids and families to the beauty of Wellfleet’s conservation lands while teaching them about the habitats and wildlife of the outer Cape. Each of the walks will focus on a different eco-system and will be paired with one of the books in her series.

The first three walks this spring have been very popular and highly successful.  The program schedule includes cedar swamps in September, tidal flats in October and dunes in November.


Press release: 

In cooperation with children’s author Heidi Clemmer, WELLFLEET CONSERVATION TRUST launches new program: Tales & Trails: Nature Walks for Young Explorers

(Wellfleet, MA… March 2nd, 2016) – Wellfleet Conservation Trust (WCT) announces Tales & Trails: Nature Walks for Young Explorers, a new program of after-school walks through some of Wellfleet’s conservation areas. The walks will be led by Heidi Clemmer, author of a new series of nature books for children. The program will expose kids and families to the beauty of Wellfleet’s conservation lands while teaching them about the habitats and wildlife of the outer Cape. Each of the walks will focus on a different eco-system and will be paired with one of the books in her series.

WCT will offer six walks throughout the year. The program represents an expansion of a pilot walk offered last October, when a group of nine elementary school children listened to Clemmer’s Salt Marsh Secrets and then explored the salt marsh eco-system around Hamblen Island Park and Uncle Tim’s Bridge. “The first walk was so well received by kids and parents alike that we decided to offer more,” commented WCT President Dennis O’Connell, “and we are delighted to work with Heidi Clemmer.” The first walk about vernal pools is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6th. Following that, the program schedule calls for heath lands in May, barrier beaches in June, cedar swamps in September, tidal flats in October and dunes in November.

After 21 years as an elementary school teacher, Heidi Clemmer retired and decided to devote her leisure time and energies to her true passion: teaching children about nature. With illustrator and collaborator Marisa Picariello, she has launched an ambitious nine-title nature book series called Cape Cod Eco-Tales. Tales & Trails: Nature Walks for Young Explorers is a program that combines the educational content of Clemmer’s books with a live ‘hands-on’ experience in Wellfleet’s conservation areas. On the walks, children get to listen, explore and create: they hear a nature story told by the author herself, explore the corresponding ecosystem, and then create their own souvenir of the experience in art, writing, or photography. “In addition to being a thoroughly enjoyable family activity, we hope it will foster an early appreciation of our surrounding natural resources in our kids,” added O’Connell, “something they can keep throughout their lifetimes.”

The walks are planned for Wednesday afternoons and are geared towards children 6-9 accompanied by an adult, although all are welcome. There is no cost to participate. Advance registration is required. The walks begin at 2:30PM at locations designated on the WCT website. Tales & Trails is funded by WCT and supported in part by a grant from the Wellfleet Cultural Council, a local agency which receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. To register or inquire about the walks, email Heidi Clemmer at ecotales@aol.com.