March Meeting: Birdwatching for Beginners

Gretchen Moran Towers will present “Birdwatching for Beginners” on Tuesday, March 13, at 1:30, at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.

Gretchen Moran Towers, the Museum’s own “Bird Nerd,” will show us some basic skills for identifying birds through sight and sound. Following the presentation, we’re invited to venture outdoors to view the birds  in their natural habitat and practice the methods we’ve just learned.

The program is part of the monthly meeting of the Friends of CCMNH. It is preceded by a potluck lunch at 12:30, followed by a brief Friends business meeting at 1:15.  “Birdwatching for Beginners” will begin at 1:30.

The public is welcome at all or part of the meeting. There is no charge.
For more information call the Museum at 508-896-3867.


Gardening for Life Lecture Series begins March 11

Gardening for Life Lecture Series tickets available online now!
Click here to purchase discount tickets for the entire 4 lecture series ($45.)
(Individual tickets only available after March 11)

Click on titles below to view summaries of 2018 lectures.

Native Plants for New England Gardens with Dan Jaffe
Click here to buy tickets online.

The Pollinator-Friendly Landscape: Beyond Plant Selection with Dr. Annie White
Click here to buy tickets online

Grow Your Own Meadow, Large or Small with Kathleen Groll Connolly
Click here to buy tickets online

Weeds & Invasive Species: What You Can Do with Mike Bald
Click here to buy tickets online


February Meeting: Birds of Winter

Think winter is a slow time for birds on Cape Cod? Think again!

Wellfleet Bay Naturalist Christine Harris Bates will present “Birds of Winter” on Tuesday, February 13, at 1:00, at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.

The program is part of the monthly meeting of the Friends of CCMNH. It is preceded by a potluck lunch at 12:00 noon, followed by a brief Friends business meeting at 12:45.  “Birds of Winter” will begin at 1:00.

The public is welcome at all or part of the meeting. There is no charge.

Fresh and saltwater ducks, loons, and grebes are plentiful on open water throughout the season, and your feeders are alive with an assortment of songbirds including sparrows and finches. This presentation will provide an overview of the common birds seen on Cape Cod in winter, as well as discuss best bird-feeding practices to attract them to your backyard.

Christine is a naturalist and public programs coordinator with Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Prior to working for Wellfleet Bay, Christine was a Park Ranger at the Cape Cod National Seashore and coordinated and led canoe trips in Nauset Marsh. She has a passion for ornithology and is a skilled birder. Christine is also a native Cape Codder, having grown up in Orleans.

For more information call the Museum at 508-896-3867.


Friends Annual Meeting

Friends of the
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Annual Meeting

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
12:30 – 2:30pm in the Auditorium

Featuring The State of the Museum
Presented by Bob Dwyer
Executive Director, CCMNH

12:30 Potluck luncheon
1:15 Friends business meeting & election of officers
(click here for the list of candidates)
1:30 State of the Museum address

Join us for the potluck!  Bring enough to serve six…

A-H   Entree
I-N    Dessert
O-Z  Appetizer or Salad
Drinks & utensils provided

All are welcome!


CCMNH Holiday Party

Come one, come all,
Friends, Volunteers, and Staff!
It’s the annual

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
5:30 – 8:00pm

Light hors d’oeuvres & beverages
Entertainment by CrabGrass, Cape Cod’s “premier bluegrass band”

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
869 Main Street (Route 6A), Brewster


November Membership Meeting features Don Wilding

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017, in the Auditorium
Potluck Lunch at 12 Noon

Program: Presentation by Don Wilding, Cape Cod Historian, Writer and Public Speaker

“A Cape Cod Sampler – The Portland Gale and The Blizzard of ’78”
In this special presentation, Don takes a look at the wreck of the steamship Portland in November 1898, and the Blizzard of ’78 on Cape Cod.

Since the start of the millennium, Don Wilding has been telling stories of Cape Cod Outer Beach history through lectures, video, and the written word.

​An award-winning writer and editor for Massachusetts newspapers for 30 years, Don pens the popular “Shore Lore” history column for the Cape Codder newspaper of Orleans, and is the author of the book, “Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How ‘The Outermost House’ Inspired a National Seashore.” His next book, “A Brief History of Eastham,” is due to be published by The History Press in the summer of 2017.

​To visit Don Wilding’s website click here.


Friends’ Fall Trip to New England Aquarium

The Friends of CCMNH fall trip will take place on Tuesday October 3, 2017 with a visit to the New England Aquarium in Boston. Cost $35 per person and includes admission, tour, bus transportation, and gratuities.

Click here for details, including lunch and sightseeing options near the aquarium. Note that the trip is strictly limited to 30 people so if you are interested in going you should call the museum now at 508-896-3867 x133 to make your reservation.


Museum Gardens Looking Good

Just a note from GFL —  The Bobbie Williams Garden, the Rain Garden, and the Pollinator Path have enjoyed this summer’s weather.  The Rain Garden is recovering nicely from last year’s drought, the Pollinator Path is serving as an excellent example for those inclined to plant their own, and the Bobbie Williams Garden is filling in nicely. But we must remain ever-vigilant in the struggle to remove the dastardly mint.

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Rain Garden has gotten rain in 2017!

Pollinator Garden sign available in CCMNH gift shop

Bobbi Williams Garden in mid August

Why mint spreads!