Monthly Archives: February 2015

Update on Neptune damage

Sandy Neck took yet another hit from the latest winter storm, Neptune.  We added a foot of snow, not counting the drifting. Off Road Vehicle access is closed for safety reasons. The access trail is snowed in and it will take a while to get things back to normal.

The lower Bodfish parking lot suffered damage on the front dune and while we are awaiting emergency sand, we have the lower lot closed.

Please be careful if you are walking the front beach or marsh trail. Snow on the front hides the debris, lots of wood with nails in it, and the snow drifts on the marsh trail make walking treacherous.

This winter’s weather has taken a toll on all of us and we are all looking forward to spring!looking from lower parking lot e to w Handicap stairs b front dune w to e y front dune w to e f

Alaska? Antarctica? No, Sandy Neck!

Ice being pushed up onto the ORV corridor

Ice being pushed up onto the ORV corridor

 

Partially frozen "slushy" water battering the beach

Partially frozen “slushy” water battering the beach

 

The point at SNK where the birds are staying in open water

The point at SNK where the birds are staying in open water

Recent storms and sustained frigid temperatures have changed the beach drastically this week. Cape Cod Bay is beginning to freeze and all of that frozen, slushy water is being pushed up and piled on the beach forming large ice formations.  The landscape has changed from a wide open beach into a frozen wonderland.  If you can stand the weather take a walk down the beach and see it for yourself.  It is truly a rare site.

The snow and ice has buried a lot of the debris that washed ashore during the blizzard. These conditions make it treacherous for driving so please be patient, we will open the beach as soon as possible.

Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

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This gull thought the surf clam was going to be an easy meal. Little did he know the clam had other ideas. It clamped down on the gulls beak, trapping it and anchoring it to the ground. When Park Manager Nina Coleman found them the clam was frozen from the fridgid temps and the gull was tired from being anchored down all night. The two were brought to Cape Wildlife for a health evaluation and two days later the gull was released. Unfortunately, the clam died from the interaction but it was fed to the gull. This gull will think twice before he tries to eat shellfish again.