New Bedford, MA 02740
Buzzards Bay is an important stopover location for overwintering marine wildlife, most notably seals of the Northeast region. Join the Lloyd Center for the Environment to discover a small sandbar called “Gull Island” that is situated along the Elizabeth Island chain between Cuttyhunk and Penikese. March is a great time to look for seals that are known haul-out there at low tide. Harbor, Grey, and Harp seals may be present, and Research Associate Jamie Bogart will provide commentary about these fascinating creatures. Views of wintering waterbirds on the boat ride out and at Gull Island can also be expected.
After seal viewing, the boat docks at Cuttyhunk for lunchtime and an opportunity to set foot on the island. At this point, participants are free to venture through town to the lookout, gaining a feel for the unique landscape and enjoying a panoramic view of surrounding waters. For beachcombers, join Jamie on a nature walk along the shore. In addition to learning about some unique marine wildlife, attendees will hopefully leave with a new appreciation for Buzzards Bay.
Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23. The ticket price includes lunch served on board and a packet of background materials. The vessel has a snack bar (cash only), and there is limited shopping available on Cuttyhunk Island. Please arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. for check-in boat leaves 10:00 a.m. sharp.
Cost: $43 Lloyd Center members, $45 non-members, $20 children