Summer Speaker Series: Voyaging Transatlantic – Marine Science Under Sail with Dr. Audrey Meyer Wright

The Summer Speaker Series continues!
FRIDAY JULY 13th, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Marine science research has been performed under sail since the earliest sea voyages in 3200 B.C., continuing until 1964, when Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute retired their ocean research ketch, R/V Atlantis. Sea Education Association has returned to research under sail, and have expanded their mission worldwide. Learn about Dr. Meyer’s successes and challenges as she continues cutting-edge research under sail.
The Sea Education Association (creator of the Sea Semester programs for college and high school students) is an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. Since 1971, they have equipped students with the tools to become environmentally literate leaders prepared to address the defining issue of the twenty-first century: the human impact on the environment.
Dr. Meyer received her B.S. in Geology from Stanford University, and her Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Cruz, in Earth Sciences.  She worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in the Pacific Marine Geology branch then continued to become part of operations and science management team at the international Ocean Drilling Program (formerly DSDP).  Dr. Meyer’s research interests span the distribution patterns and erosional and depositional processes of marine sediments; stratigraphy and evolution of ocean basins; paleoclimatology; evolution of coastal systems in response to natural and human-induced changes in environmental conditions. She is a leader in teaching science through investigative learning experiences for undergraduate students and has developed programs for teacher training in integrated Marine Sciences.

Summer Speaker Series: “The Life of Terns: Birds of Paradox” with Peter Trull, Author and Naturalist

Our Summer Speaker Series Continues!  July 6, 2018, 4:30-6:00 pm

The Arctic Tern is a special bird that travels incredible distances — it makes the journey from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back again every single year.
What’s even more impressive is the Arctic Terns’ size — it weighs just 100g (about the weight of 20 nickels!), has a body length of about one foot, and a wingspan of about two feet! Join Peter Trull as he weaves his story about these amazing birds and their important place in our local ecosystem.
Author Peter Trull has been involved in field research and education on Cape Cod for 40 years. He conducted field research in Guyana and Surinam, studying the market-trapping of Common and Roseate Terns, working with local bird trappers in several coastal villages. He served as Education Director at The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies and presently teaches at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School. He has written six books on the Cape’s natural history, describing the lives of coywolves, cetaceans and his lifelong passion, birds. One reviewer of Mr. Trull’s most recently published book, The Gray Curtain notes: “Peter Trull is a world class naturalist and the go-to expert for all things wild on Cape Cod. In this fascinating book, he explores the complexity of cause and effect in a natural ecosystem as three of the ocean’s top predators converge on Cape Cod.” His newest book The Life of Terns – Birds of Paradox, will be released in 2019.


Our signature First Sail program has wrapped up its fourth year. Often called the “best field trip ever”, more than 300 local kids from the Monomoy and Nauset School Districts participated in the exciting introduction to sailing on Pleasant Bay. For many, it truly was their “first sail”! 
These students had the opportunity to engage with the marine environment of Pleasant Bay and experience the thrill of sailing. We hope many of these first sailors return to our campus during the season and eventually become PBCB members, instructors, and of course, stewards of the Bay. Thanks to the Friends of Pleasant Bay for their generous grant that makes this program possible.


You’re Invited! 2018 Season Opener!

PBCB’s Season Opener
Open House
Sunday, June 10.  1:00 – 4:00 pm.
“Sunday on the Bay” Open House and Barbecue!
Please come to our beautiful Pleasant Bay campus for an afternoon of fun. Take in the spectacular view and tour the campus. Meet our program directors, staff, instructors and board members, and learn about our summer 2018 programs. You can sign up for a membership and register for programs and classes. Enjoy our activities and learn more about us. Or just come for an afternoon on the Bay. All are welcome.
Free of charge.
Our Annual Meeting and ribbon-cutting at Hillside Center — our new program, meeting and administrative building — will immediately follow the Open House.

Summer Speaker Series: “How Can We Protect Our Whales?”

Friday, June 29. 4:30-6:00 pm

Patrick Ramage, Director of Marine Conservation, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
Please register for this workshop by June 22 in your member account.  No charge.
All are welcome. Space is limited.
Whales are some of the most majestic animals of the oceans, but many are facing extinction and are struggling to survive. What is being done globally, nationally, and locally to help slow the loss of whales?  IFAW’s Whale Program Director Patrick Ramage leads efforts to protect our planet’s great whales from commercial whaling and the many other threats they face worldwide.  He will be talking about his successes and many challenges.
Patrick’s whale program team supports IFAW projects as diverse as Humpback Whale research in Zanzibar, a “Floating Classroom” educational project in Dominica, West Indies, and world-class whale research conducted by IFAW’s state-of-the-art sailing vessel Song of the Whale. His whale team is also working to improve understanding and protection of whales locally within the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off Cape Cod, an important feeding ground for many marine mammals including the critically endangered Right Whale.

Three Fabulous Prizes to Choose From! Our “100 for 100” Raffle!  

Our Gala and Auction will feature a fun, unique raffle with your choice of three prizes.
Have a child or grandchild who may want to learn to sail? Win a Brand New Club Optimist Sailboat — fully rigged and ready to launch — including a dolly for transport! Perfect for learning to sail and navigating Cape Cod waters!

One of a kind Hand-Carved, Wooden “Preening Sandpiper” Bird by Chatham resident and master bird carver, Fred Bennett. This is a perfect decorative addition (and collectible item) for any Cape Cod home. To read all about Fred’s work and see photos of other carvings, click here.

Like to golf?  Take a chance to win a Round of Golf for FOUR People at the prestigious Cape Cod National Golf Club! Have a great day on the course with three of your friends!
To read more about these prizes, and buy a raffle ticket, click here.

PBCB Receives Chatham Fund Grant

The Chatham Fund, part of the Cape Cod Foundation, has awarded PBCB a grant to support programs that benefit residents of Chatham. The grant supports PBCB’s First Sail, Monomoy Community Services and Senior Sailing for Chatham Council on Aging programs–all free sailing and instruction programs for community members who would not otherwise be able to access Pleasant Bay.  Established in 2012, the Chatham Fund awarded a total of $30,000 in grants to ten local non-profit organizations, supporting a variety of programs. Click here to read the Cape Cod Chronicle’s coverage of these awards.

We’re Celebrating ALL PBCB Volunteers!

We are fortunate to have many volunteers with wide-ranging interests and expertise on our team. This month we are shining our Volunteer Spotlight on…ALL OF YOU! On a balmy mid-September evening, we threw a party to thank our many volunteers for their service to PBCB and our communities. All enjoyed a wonderful evening of food, drink, friendship and gratitude for all that we have accomplished together. To see a gallery of photos from the evening, click here.