IFAW's Three Part Speaker Series at Cape Cod HQ
If you missed the first part of this absorbing three part speaker series, there is good reason to secure your spot for the other two, because they promise to be every bit as enjoyable as the first, which I was lucky enough to attend earlier this November.
Sy Montgomery is a best-selling author, who has made a life adventuring among animals. She recounted her favourite moments from several amusing, heart-warming encounters, and yes, one or two sad reflections along the way. It was very much a thought provoking ninety minutes, and I was pleased to secure a copy of her latest book: "How To Be A Good Creature", which Sy personalised for me.There was an oportunity afterwards to stay for coctails and yummy hors d'oeuvres, and this generous spread was beautifully catered by Chapins.
The remaining two of the three part series are Thor Hanson, the award-winning author and biologist, on February 7th, and then David Owen who was voted one of "The Fifty Funniest American Writers". David's most recent book addresses the effects of Climate Change: "Where The Water Goes: Life and Death along The Colorado River. There is limited availability so it might be as well to get tickets as soon as you can.
IFAW's Yarmouth Port headquarters sits on the corner of Summer and Willow streets, in other words at the other end of the street from the Inn At Cape Cod. We meet many local people in running our business, and it never ceases to amaze us how many pass the IFAW building, often twice a day, without knowing anything about this incredible organisation and the great work it does internationally towards preserving animal welfare, their natural habitats, and educating/sponsoring the people who share those habitats. Here on Cape Cod, IFAW's highly skilled team and its legion of trained and dedicated volunteers are responsible for rescuing large numbers (at a time) of stranded dolphins and whales during our extended winter and often waist deep in frigid sea water. Voila the unsung heroes of Cape Cod.
The rescue success rate every winter has steadily risen. This owes much to IFAW leading the world in the Science of Marine Mammal Stranding. Little was
known more than a decade ago, but experience, painstaking detailed research, including not missing any opportunities to conduct necropsies, or to carry
out health checks on the lucky ones before returning them back into the ocean, have changed that.