Manomet Observatory

Region

Americas

Country

USA

Flyway

Americas flyway

Initiative

WLI Americas

Name of organisation

Manomet, Inc.

Funding support

Funding support Grants, individual donors, and organization endowment

Number of staff

Number of staff 8 (four permanent, four seasonal)

Number of visitors per year

500

Overall aims of the centre

Long-term migratory bird banding station, as well as active habitat management for biodiversity of local flora and fauna and community engagement.

Description of the centre

Manomet Observatory is 40 acres of coastal forest, meadow, and wetland in Plymouth, Massachusetts, perched on a bluff overlooking Cape Cod Bay. Five of these acres are retired cranberry bogs that are being restored to native wetlands.

In addition to being the main office of our staff, the site is also the location of our migratory bird banding station, one of the four longest-tenured stations in the country. We regularly host visiting groups of all ages, ranging from K-12 classes to graduate students and professionals. School groups engage in hands-on activities that introduce them to our science as well as get them to participate in collecting data related to our habitat management practices.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

Nature trails, signage, educational outreach, environmental monitoring projects.

Top three successes

Our bird banding program has produced peer-reviewed publications relevant to the topics of: bird migration timing in response to climate change, diet-choice with relation to native and non-native berries on-site, and tracking the population status of birds in the Atlantic Flyway for over 50 years. In addition, we have recently begun the process of transitioning a set of retired cranberry bogs on site into managed wetlands for biodiversity. Through partnerships with two state programs, MassTrails and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, we have secured funding to accomplish these goals and also establish an interpretive trail with learning stations that will open to the public.

Top three challenges

Our greatest challenge to date has been balancing the integrity of our on-site science with our desire to share our property with the public. Through careful, intentional planning, we have struck a balance between these two organizational priorities. In addition, we have recently challenged ourselves to expand our educational offerings to be more hands-on and engaging, as well as to prioritize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This includes initiatives to take our science on the road to visit schools, as well as identify opportunities to support travel and logistical costs for groups to visit.

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Managing / creating habitat; Building / maintaining structures

Participation

Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

 

Contact

Clare Cunningham, ccunningham@manomet.org

Web site: manomet.org

 

 

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