January 5, 2019: Presentation–Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge

HCT’s January & February Winter 2019 Talks are held at the Harwich Community Center (#100 Oak St., Harwich, MA 02645) in the multi-purpose room.

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, photo courtesy of Spencer Kennard (www.capecodphotos.com)

Saturday, January 5th, 2:00 p.m.
Suggested donation: $5.00 per person
Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge

Presentation by Matt Hillman: Refuge Manager, Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is a 7,604-acre federal wildlife refuge, including the barrier beach of South Monomoy Island, located off the southern tip of Chatham. Established in 1944, the refuge has a fascinating history including the historic Monomoy Point Light Station and keeper’s house, established in 1823. The Refuge is the home of a vast variety of plants and wildlife, including 5 federally threatened or endangered species and over 30 state-listed species. It has also been recognized as a globally important shorebird nesting and migration site. This talk will focus on the history of the refuge, the conservation of its unique wildlife and marine life, ongoing scientific research, the constantly-shifting geology, and management challenges. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation along with a Master of Science in Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences from Virginia Tech.