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Opening of the Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Visitors Center


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photograph of former Congressman Gerry Studds and current Congressman Bill Delahunt cutting the ribbon
Cutting the ribbon: Former Congressman Gerry Studds (left) and current Congressman Bill Delahunt (from 10th District in Massachusetts) preside over a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the opening of the new Visitors Center for the Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
On July 21st, the Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary opened its public Visitors Center in Provincetown, MA. The center is located adjacent to the Center for Coastal Studies, a private, non-profit organization devoted to research, conservation and education in coastal and marine environments (not to be confused with the USGS St. Pete Center for Coastal Studies!!). Prominently displayed at the entrance to the building is the USGS/NOAA multibeam bathymetric map of the sanctuary, along with a touch-screen exhibit of bottom photos and examples of geologic habitats, using work by Page Valentine and Dann Blackwood. The exhibit provides an overview of the sanctuary, its history, resources, management issues, and of course excellent introductory material about the whales for which the sanctuary is so well known.

photograph looking into the entry-way of the new Visitors Center
Welcome: Looking into the entry-way of the Visitors Center, the USGS multibeam bathymetric map of the region and a touch-screen demonstration illustrating geologic habitats within the Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary are the first alluring displays visitors will see.
Among the dignitaries speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were former Representative Gerry E. Studds, for whom the sanctuary is named, and current 10th Congressional Representative Bill Delahunt. Debbie Hutchinson attended the event representing the USGS. USGS efforts in contributing to sanctuary studies and to exhibits in the center were graciously and publicly recognized by Congressman Delahunt and Craig MacDonald, Sanctuary Manager, during the ceremony. After the speeches, ribbon-cutting ceremony, and light refreshments for the invited guests, the Visitors Center was opened to the public.


Related Web Sites
Stellwagen Bank Studies
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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