The Point
10:31 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Mid Summer Birds

newly built flycatcher nest
Credit J. J.

Ornithologist Vern Laux  joins Mindy Todd on The Point to talk about the season's highlights for birding. Many species are breeding in our region, and the seabirds are abundant. But don't feed the gulls! Vern explains why, and answers many questions form listeners.

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The Local Food Report
8:53 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Blueberry Season in Full Swing on the Cape

Credit Elspeth Hay

Blueberry season is in full swing on the Cape. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay visits a local pick-your-own farm in Dennis, and talks with pickers from ages 1 to 96 and from all over the east coast about what they're planning to do with all their berries.

You can find links to the recipes people are making on her blog, Diary of a Locavore.

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Weekly Bird Report
4:32 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

100 Miles Offshore, "The Canyons" Offer a Last Frontier for New England Birding

White-faced Storm Petrel
Credit JJ Harrison / wikipedia

There is no place like being on the water, on a boat, at this time of year, if you want to see birds - specifically pelagic, ocean-loving birds. While ashore it is hot and crowded, out on the water the cool temperatures and seabirds conspire to make you mellow out and enjoy your vast surroundings. A human never feels as small as when out on, and in, the vastness of the open ocean.

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Cape Cod Notebook
5:41 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Booms, Cracks, and Claps: Listening to the Language of Thunder

Credit joefutrelle / flickr

One night last week a dramatic summer thunderstorm passed over the Outer Cape. It wasn’t a violent storm – not like the giant one that spawned tornados and ravaged the western part of the state several summers ago, but even an “ordinary thunderstorm” – if I can use that phrase – is fascinating.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
12:03 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Woods Hole Film Festival Offers Variety

Credit Woods Hole Film Festival

Mindy Todd talks with three artists from this year's Woods Hole Film Festival about their films.

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In This Place
10:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Some Wampanoag Tribe Members Leery of Plymouth 400 Commemoration

This image depicts the arrival of the Pilgrims in 1620 at Plymouth. Plans are underway to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the landing. But some local Wampanoag are concerned that their perspective on the historical event will not be adequately told.
Credit Art by N. Currier via Wikimedia Commons

For the Wampanoag who have called coastal Massachusetts their home for more than 10,000 years, the founding of Plymouth in 1620, doesn’t feel that far removed, nor does its 400th anniversary bring reason to rejoice.

“We won’t be celebrating," said Ramona Peters, the chief historical preservation officer for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. "I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s not many native people that will be involved.”

As Peters sees it, the Wampanoag story and the Pilgrim story -- they can’t be put on the same stage.

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Science & Environment
11:22 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Capturing the Essence of a Fish Out of Water

A slightly reduced reproduction of James Prosek's watercolor of a swordfish features in the Ocean Fishes exhibit at Woods Hole Historical Museum through July 31st, 2014.
Credit Jennifer Gaines / Woods Hole Historical Museum

An interview with James Prosek

Few will ever see firsthand the true, glorious colors of a giant bluefin tuna as it emerges from the ocean. James Prosek's watercolors come close.

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Fishing News
2:26 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Every Now and Then... Strange Fish Appear in Cape Cod Waters

Captain Nat Chalkley, of Get the Net Charters, with the 36-inch cobia he caught while striper fishing this week.
Credit Nat Chalkley /

Every now and then a local angler happily pulls up a fish, only to discover that what's on the hook was not what was expected. 

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The Point
2:08 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Immigrant kids, Cape Wind, Nantucket Real Estate in this Week's News

Credit JJ

A busy week of local and regional news.  WCAI's Brian Morris hosts a discussion with colleagues in the print and digital media.  Among the stories: Cape Cod may take in unaccompanied immigrant kids; Cape Wind looks at options for its staging facilities in both Rhode Island and New Bedford; a new director and manager for Chatham's town band; a booming Nantucket real estate market; Provincetown licensing board denies bid to use the Hawthorne Barn for Tennessee Williams festival performance; and a name for the new Steamship Authority ferry.

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Weekend Outlook
11:01 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Circus Smirkus Brings the Big Top to Sandwich, & more: Best Bets for Going Out

Circus Smirkus sets up the Big Top Tent in Sandwich for three days, from the 21st to the 23rd, presenting its new program, Anchors Away for Atlantis.

The whitewater rapids of summer keep racing us forward, swooshing from one great event to the next fun activity. In Centerville this weekend you can eat your fill of baklava and souvlaki, plus get your dance on, with the Grecian Festival. Falmouth presents the Cultural Survival Bazaar, with great food and cultural crafts from around the world.

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