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.