13th Annual Cape Cod Natural History Conference

On Saturday, March 8th, NECWA staff members and Biology students from Bridgewater State College participated in the 13th Annual Cape Cod Natural History Conference at the Cape Cod Community College presented by Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary & Environmental Technology Program at Cape Cod Community College.Christina Petrovits and Eric Souza helping out at the NECWA table.<br>
 Photo courtesy of NECWA.

This full-day conference featured fifteen brief presentations by individuals from environmental and scientific organizations, agencies, and colleges across Cape Cod and Massachusetts. All of those presenting have deep involvement in their particular area of expertise concerning the status, behavior, and ecology of Cape Cod plants, animals or natural communities, and current environmental issues.

Eric Souza talking with conference members at the NECWA table. Photo courtesy of NECWA.

NECWA staff members Carol “Krill” Carson, Pat Mancini and Maya Jaklitsch, manned an educational table that provided free educational literature, including the NEBShark sighting kits and the Marine Wildlife Response Card, to interested conference attendees. Undergraduate Biology students from Bridgewater State College, who are working with NECWA through our Marine Wildlife Research Project, provided a number of presentations at the conference.

Joining NECWA at the conference were undergraduates Christina Petrovits, AmandaAmanda Taylor presenting her research on humpback whale behavior. Photo courtesy of NECWA. Taylor and Eric Souza. Amanda provided an oral presentation titled “Observed Behaviors of the Humpback Whale in Gulf of Maine with Creation of an Ethogram.” Eric presented a poster titled “NEBShark, a Community Sighting Network for Basking Sharks and Ocean Sunfish.”

Community conferences are a great way for NECWA to connect with professionals and interested members of the general public. And they provide opportunities for budding scientists and biologists to gain experience with public speaking and educational outreach. If you would like to support NECWA’s efforts within the New England community, please donate today.

 

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