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Napi’s Lecture: An Introduction to Seabirds at Race Point
February 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Provincetown and the surrounding waters have a rich history in attracting exciting marine macro fauna including many species of seabirds, whales, dolphins and seals, as well as sport fish. It could be argued (quite convincingly!) that there is no better land based vantage point along the eastern seaboard of the United States to view and appreciate this spectacular collection of organisms — if the oceanic conditions are right!
Strong tidal currents, deep, offshore rips and the proximity of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary to the north can create such oceanic conditions which are dominated by areas of mixing water masses and upwellings all of which in turn form the basis of a complex food web that attracts many of these amazing aforementioned animals.
This presentation by Peter Flood, illustrated by his incredible photographs, will focus on the identification, biology and ecology of seabirds traversing the ocean waters off Provincetown and surrounding areas including several species from as far away as the islands off Antarctica, the Arctic tundra and the eastern North Atlantic! Remarkably, these marine superheroes can be viewed right off the beach along with other ocean denizens including whales, dolphins, and seals.
FREE, all welcome! Come at 5 pm and enjoy an early bird dinner at Napi’s Restaurant, 7 Freeman St., Provincetown.
For details call 508-487-3622 x103 or email [email protected]
About the presenter: Peter Flood, a Cape Cod resident, has a passion for ornithology as evidenced by his varied professional experiences which includes serving as naturalist for Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary; conducting Mass Audubon’s aerial seabird and waterfowl surveys of Nantucket Sound; and conducting shorebird surveys for Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. Peter’s birding interests are primarily focused on the ecology of seabirds, and he has spent many hours at sea on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and other parts of the world chasing, observing and photographing some of his favorite subjects. In addition, Peter also volunteers his time with NOAA, conducting seabird surveys of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off Cape Cod as well as leading pelagic trips off Massachusetts and North Carolina. Peter served as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Cape Cod Bird Club, and his current profession is a Senior Project Manager with Green Seal Environmental, Inc.