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Southeast of Cape Cod, MA, is a chain of about 10 small islands, the last of which is Cuttyhunk. Gwen Lynch has been going to school on that island. She was the only student in the one-room public school. And yesterday she graduated 8th grade.
As Dunes Disappear, Fiber Rolls Protect Cape Cod Homes from Coastal Erosion (NPR)
People across the country are dealing with impacts of climate change. It’s no different for residents on the East Coast, where spring typically means serious erosion caused by strong storms. Homeowners are bracing for the worst.
Cranberry Farmer Says Harvest Is Great, But Business is Struggling to Survive (NPR)
Massachusetts cranberry growers are halfway through the harvest. It's been a good crop, but they're worried about low fruit prices. We visit with one farmer and discuss the struggling industry.
Cold-stunned turtles usually wash ashore on the Outer Cape from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Their numbers are higher than usual this year, almost 800 so far, which makes this the second-busiest season ever for turtle rescuers at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
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More than 800 turtles, some of them endangered species, have washed ashore on Cape Cod beaches in Massachusetts since October. WCAI's Hayley Fager reports, this is the second busiest year for turtle strandings on Cape Cod.
Local researchers are examining health impacts on children exposed to PFAs. WCAI reporter Hayley Fager has more on the Silent Spring Institute’s investigation.
A Cape Cod housing nonprofit says homeowners could see benefits from making their seasonal rentals, year-round.
Swimmers at outer Cape beaches are on edge after multiple shark sightings and a shark attack earlier this week. WCAI Reporter Hayley Fager went to Wellfleet to learn how people are staying safe.
Climate change is helping a new breed of ticks on the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard. WCAI’s Hayley Fager reports on a new tick prevention method.
Flute Song is Dinner Bell for Ducks on Surf Drive (Atlantic Public Media)
Mike Martin has been playing flute on Surf Drive beach for years. He's become a fixture for visitors and regulars, probably because he's usually surrounded by ducks. Mike has gotten to know the birds pretty well over time. But his favorite fans still haven't learned how to clap.
Could You Live in the Smallest House in the World? (Atlantic Public Media)
Artist Jeff Smith set out to build the smallest house in the world. No one else had done it, so why shouldn't he? He doesn't live in the home. It functions more as a performance art piece. And because it's bright green, he gets a lot of questions when he parks it in public places. It's also for rent, but it's complicated.
Four Days in the Woods (Atlantic Public Media)
Matt Hayden spent the last year teaching himself how to make pelts from road kill animals. Now, he's perfecting his raccoon stew recipe. He wants to survive on local resources found in nature. Not an outlandish idea for a guy who lives on Martha's Vineyard, an island that gets a lot of its supplies shipped in on ferry boats.
Produced for air on WCAI’s The Point
Educational Foundations provide funds for teachers to use in the classroom or for professional development. On this episode of The Point we visit two classrooms to hear how educators are using grant money.
Liz Abbott is a Library Media Teacher at Morse Pond Elementary School in Falmouth. She applied for a Falmouth Education Foundation grant for library books in Mandarin Chinese and Portuguese.
She says she always tries to have books in many languages so any student can see some of their home language in print. This year it became even more important because a few new students didn’t speak english. She says these books allow everyone to enjoy reading in the library.
Some students at Morse Pond are learning english, but some just speak a different language at home. WCAI’s Hayley Fager spoke with a few students who use the books.