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Winter-Spring 2023
Free Webinar Series

Please join us for our free online lecture series featuring noted conservationists and naturalists speaking on topics related to Chatham and the Cape. Presentations will be followed by Q&A. 

February Webinars

Introduction to Lichens and Lichen Identification on Cape Cod

Speaker: Tom Walker

Sunday, February 19th, 10am – 11am

Photo credit: Tom Walker

Lichens are fascinating, symbiotic organisms formed mostly from the union of fungus and algae.  Learn about their ecology and how to recognize them with naturalist Tom Walker in this online seminar.

Tom Walker is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. He spent several seasons surveying wildlife on the west coast for the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management prior to returning to New England. He has many natural history interests and has led walks and given presentations on lichens, fungi, trees and dragonflies for many different organizations.

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Information on our Spring and Summer Trail Walks and Talks Coming Soon!

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To see photos from previous walks, click here.


CCF Annual Meeting

Monday, August 21st, 4:00pm

Wequassett Resort

History of Land Preservation on Cape Cod

Speaker: Mark Robinson

Saturday, February 25th, 10am – 11am

Photo provided by: The Compact of Cape Cod

Mr. Robinson will present a chronological overview of attempts to “save the Cape,” which blossomed over the past 100 years as development ramped up, especially after World War II. 


Mark Robinson has served as Executive Director of The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts since 1986.  CCF is a member organization of The Compact along with 31 other land trusts and watershed groups in our region.  The Compact provides technical assistance on land acquisition, land management, fundraising and administration for the groups.


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March Webinars


Bird Banding and Research on South Monomoy

Speaker: James Junda

Saturday, March 4th, 10am – 11am

Photo credit: James Junda

Monomoy has long been a draw for birds and birders alike. Every fall James Junda spends 76 days living in the 170-year-old lighthouse keepers' quarters and endeavors to survey some of the millions of migrating birds. Over the last 11 years, he has captured over 100 species of songbirds including some of the rarest birds in the state. Learn about why Monomoy is so special, how he monitor the birds, what he has seen, and how he lives on the island. 

James Junda has been studying birds for 20 years but watching them his whole life. His journey started during summers with his grandparents at Schoolhouse Pond in Chatham and has taken him to five continents documenting birds. He has been operating songbird banding stations at Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary and around the lighthouse on Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge since 2011.

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Tracking the Land Mammals of Cape Cod

Speaker: Todd Kelley

Saturday, March 11th, 10am – 11am


Photo: Short-tailed weasel

Learn about the art of tracking in this webinar presenting images of different tracks and sign from the mammals on Cape Cod for us to properly identify. We will learn a little about the universal “science” of the track and accumulate some virtual “dirt” time in our exploration of animal behaviors and how that translates through the tracks they leave behind. We’ll connect animal adaptations as well to the changing seasons along with more about their natural histories.

Naturalist Todd Kelley is a retired Nickerson Sate Park Interpreter, an old Cape family descendant and local cultural historian.

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Information on upcoming webinars in April coming soon!

Mayo House Guided Tours

Mayo House tours are on hiatus for the winter. They will resume after June 1st.

Private guided tours are available on request. Email the Chatham Conservation Foundation for scheduling.

Self-Guided Trail Walks 

The Chatham Conservation Foundation's walking trails are open year around! We invite you to explore our beautiful trails at your own leisure.

Please be sure to follow social distancing, and keep pets on leashes. Click here for maps of some great walking trails around Chatham.

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