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Cape Students Help Conservationists Restore Lost Wetlands

Brian Morris

 Half of the wetlands of our region, many of them small vernal pools, were filled in as Cape Cod became developed. Efforts are underway to reconstruct wetland habitats in several Cape locations, and local environmental and conservation groups are teaming up with educators to involve students in the project on multiple levels. We visit a restoration project happening in Chatham, and talk with students, educators and scientists to discuss how the project can benefit schools and the environment alike. Guests on the program include: Ian Ives, sanctuary director at Mass Audubon Long Pasture; Melinda Forist and Nancy Giffordseventh grade science teachers at Monomoy Regional Middle School; and Thomas Biebighauser, a recently retired wildlife biologist and wetland ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service and the founder of Wetland Restoration and Training.

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI.