Sunday, February 18, 2018

SCT December 2017 Newsletter

If you are not a member, you have yet to see the December newsletter.  Click here to catch up with happenings over the last year. 


If you would like to become a member, renew your membership, or make a memorial donation, you may send mail to:

     Sandwich Conservation Trust
     P.O. Box 531
     E. Sandwich, MA  02537










Monday, November 6, 2017

Have you been missing concerts at the Grange Hall?


If so, come to the benefit on Saturday night. 

Please call for reservations. 

It is also PIE NIGHT! 


Photos from SCT Annual Meeting


Our guest speaker, Peter Trull, provided a well informed talk on the impact of seals, sharks and fishing in the northeast. He shares the perspectives of both fishermen and scientists in his talk and showed us eye opening photos on the subject.

Thanks to all of the businesses who let us advertise the meeting and a big shout out to the Riverview Cafe of E. Sandwich. The Riverview Cafe graciously donated a gift certificate for our meeting. The certificate was taped beneath a seat and the lucky winner was looking forward to breakfast or lunch in the near future.

SCT President John Cullity discusses SCT business.

Bob O'Connor (SCT Trustee) and John Cullity (SCT President)
Bob O'Connor asks guests to check beneath their
seats for a gift certificate to the Riverview Cafe.
Members and guests at the 2017 SCT Annual Meeting

Peter Trull, guest speaker.

Display of SCT properties.
A selection of books by Peter Trull.

Peter Trull autographing a book.

Peter Trull showing his book to guests.

Peter Trull speaks with guests.

Guests enjoy the property after the talk.



Sunday, October 15, 2017

SCT Meeting Today at 2 p.m.


The SCT hopes to see you at our annual meeting today.

Our featured guest speaker is Peter Trull. Peter is an educator, author, photographer and wildlife specialist, who will present “The Gray Curtain – The Impact of Seals, Sharks and Commercial Fishing along the Northeast Coast.”

Photo credit:  Peter Trull


WHEN:  2 p.m. TODAY, Sunday, October 15

LOCATION: E. Sandwich Grange Hall, 91 Old County Rd., E. Sandwich




Monday, October 9, 2017

Dr. Shirley Cross

If you haven't read the Broadsider this week, I encourage you to read the story about Dr. Shirley Cross. A box of her botanical drawings were recently discovered and are currently on exhibit at the Green Briar Nature Center.  Shirley Cross is the namesake of Shirley's Woods, a gifted parcel to the Sandwich Conservation Trust.

Dr. Shirley Cross
Photo credit:  Gary Higgins, The Patriot Ledger

Make sure to watch the video of Shirley at the end of the article. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

SCT Annual Meeting - Sunday, October 15


On Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM the Sandwich Conservation Trust will hold its Annual Meeting with guest speaker Peter Trull, educator, author, photographer and wildlife specialist, who will present “The Gray Curtain – The Impact of Seals, Sharks and Commercial Fishing along the Northeast Coast.” 




This timely program will show, through discussion and vivid photographs, the relationship between commercial fishing, expanding Gray Seal populations, and the occurrence of Great White Sharks along the beaches of Cape Cod and the northeast coast. This "Gray Curtain" has come about after geologic and environmental changes, range expansion of marine mammals, animal migrations and population increases. Each has had an effect on the lives and attitudes of commercial fishermen and Cape residents, and through daily and seasonal changes, some are now accepted as normal. While looking at the history of commercial fishing we realize that there are great transformations taking place that have, and still may, go unnoticed, some unexplained. While fishermen and scientists don't always agree, both have played a role in these dynamic coastal changes. In the minds of many commercial fishermen, the Gray Seal has played a major part. Now, a new charismatic, apex predator has entered the picture and has made its presence known: the Great White Shark. This enlightening, colorful and lively program brings together the main factors that have created the phenomenon of The Gray Curtain.

Over the course of forty years of studying, researching and teaching about wildlife and the environment, Peter Trull has written six books about Cape Cod’s natural history, with a seventh, “The Life of Terns – Birds of Paradox,” just completed. He has been Education Director at both the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. Peter presently teaches 7th Grade Science at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School in Harwich, MA and holds a Masters Degree in Education.

The meeting will take place at the East Sandwich Grange Hall, 91 Old County Road, East Sandwich, MA. The meeting is open to the public and all are cordially invited to attend. Donations are gratefully accepted to help defray costs for the hall rental and the speaker.