Gather on the Grasses

Cape Wildlife Center & Orenda Wildlife Land Trust to Host Gather on the Grasses

(Cummaquid, Cape Cod, Mass.) – Bring your own picnic and blanket to spread on the ground for Gather on the Grasses, two informal and engaging lectures for anyone interested in Cape Cod wildlife and preserving open spaces. Gather is hosted by Zak Mertz, executive director of the Cape Wildlife Center (CWC,) and Theresa Barbo, executive director of the Orenda Wildlife Land Trust.

Scheduled dates are Tuesday, July 30; and Thursday, August 27th—all gatherings are at 11 a.m. and should last no more than an hour. The Cape Wildlife Center and Orenda are located at 4011 Main Street, Route 6A in Barnstable.

The event is free and open to the public. The Cape Wildlife Center campus covers five acres and we’ll find a shady spot to gather. All you’ll need is a blanket and/or chairs, and if you’d like, something to eat and drink. And your curiosity!

A special appearance by Falco, the CWC’s Education Red-Tailed Hawk, is highly anticipated!

“This is a great opportunity for people to learn about our wild neighbors,” says Mertz. “And an equally enriching time to see how our forests, open fields and other environments are inter-connected to wildlife,” added Barbo.


The Cape Wildlife Center is a non-profit wildlife hospital and education center located in Barnstable, Massachusetts. Each year we provide veterinary care and rehabilitation to 2,000 sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals. In the process of caring for these patients we work to educate members of the public and spread the message of environmental conservation. Each day we work to preserve the rich natural history of Cape Cod and the islands, one animal – and one person at a time. To learn more, visit


Orenda Wildlife Land Trust preserves and protects open space for wildlife habitat, fresh air, and water quality in sanctuaries on Cape Cod and throughout Massachusetts. We own or manage twenty-seven sanctuaries covering 475 acres. Orenda also partners with other land trusts in protecting nearly 800 acres of open space. Orenda translates to “protected place” in the language of indigenous peoples. Visit us online at