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MA - Webinars Anchor Wellfleet Harbor Confab

WELLFLEET — The 2020 State of Wellfleet Harbor Conference will be held this November as usual but, like so many other in-person events, is moving to an online format to comply with state and local COVID-19 prevention guidelines.

The conference, now in its 18th year, focuses on the latest science and current issues affecting the health, ecology and resources of Wellfleet Harbor and its surrounding waters.

This year live, one-hour webinars will be held on three consecutive Saturdays in November. Each session will feature two talks on a common theme.

Conference moderator Abigail Franklin Archer says it’s hoped the series will serve the same purpose the one-day event at the elementary school has in previous years.

“We’ll miss seeing our friends and neighbors and we’ll miss Mac’s clam chowder for lunch, but we’re looking forward to hearing about new and ongoing environmental research affecting Wellfleet, including the work underway in response to climate change,” she said.

The conference opens on Saturday, Nov. 7, with a presentation by Cape Cod National Seashore plant ecologist Stephen Smith on the potential for salt marsh migration in response to rising sea level. A second talk by Meagan Eagle of the U.S. Geological Survey will focus on how tidal restoration can increase salt marsh resiliency to sea level rise and improve carbon sequestration.

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