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A nature writer living in Wellfleet, Robert Finch has written about Cape Cod for more than forty years. He is the author of nine books of essays. A Cape Cod Notebook airs weekly on WCAI, the NPR station for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and the South Coast. In both 2006 and 2013, the series won the New England Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Radio Writing.

Latest Episodes

Finding Our Proper Relationship to the Natural World

A friend of mine who lives in Eastham was preparing his morning coffee when he heard a ruckus in his yard and looked out to see a hawk grappling with a grackle. “Hey,” he said, “these are my grackles!” and he ran out and chased away the hawk. He later shared this episode on Facebook.

4 MIN6 d ago
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Finding Our Proper Relationship to the Natural World

An October Treestand

It is deer hunting season on Martha’s Vineyard. The eight-week archery season, which began October seventh across the Cape and islands, is a favorite time of my outdoor calendar. Over the years, I have come to appreciate much about the fall hunting experience. And some stuff, not so much.

4 MIN1 w ago
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An October Treestand

Yellow Jackets

I don’t think most of my friends would describe me as a killer, but after I got stung by the yellow jackets living under my deck, I turned into a cold-hearted murderer, loaded for… well, yellow jackets.

3 MIN2 w ago
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Yellow Jackets

A Week in a Dune Shack in the Province Lands

All summer long, I’ve watched as the calendar moved closer to September. September meant the end of the summer rush, a chance to catch my breath. I watched the days get shorter, by a minute or so at first until whole hours of daylight had been swallowed up. September would mean my week in a dune shack in the Province Lands.

4 MIN3 w ago
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A Week in a Dune Shack in the Province Lands

A New Balance

I was walking on the beach in the East End with my dog Dory. It was a very low tide and we were halfway out on the flats, trudging through the wet sand and the warm shallow pools of left-behind water. She happily carried her tennis ball in her mouth and I followed her wagging tail at a moderate pace.

3 MINSEP 17
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A New Balance

The Labor Day Conundrum

In an off-Cape store last month, one of the clerks noticed the address on my account. “Oh, you live on the Cape,” she said. “You must be looking forward to Labor Day.”

3 MINSEP 10
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The Labor Day Conundrum

Boats By Many Names

Four days a week I patrol Lake Tashmoo in a small skiff for the Tisbury shellfish department. Tashmoo is a lake in name only. A 270-acre coastal pond on the north shore of Martha’s Vineyard, it’s connected to Vineyard Sound by a deep, narrow channel.

3 MINSEP 3
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Boats By Many Names

The Apex of Summer and the Freedom of September

It was one of those days where the sand scorches your feet, where even the ocean doesn’t feel crisp enough to refresh you. Summer was at its apex, the sun and the smell of salt and sunscreen enough to intoxicate you.

3 MINAUG 27
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The Apex of Summer and the Freedom of September

A Pathway Less Traveled

Who is not a fan of nature trails? They provide an opportunity to connect with the natural world, to see, hear, smell and touch the glories of nature, and be surrounded by them. Thoreau famously said, “In wildness is the preservation of mankind.”

3 MINAUG 20
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A Pathway Less Traveled

Grandmothering

My grandchildren live on the other side of the country. They are here for two weeks in the summer and two weeks at the winter holidays, so I’m lucky that I’m the grandmother associated with an exotic locale and the freedom that comes with vacation. Who wouldn’t like a lifestyle that includes rolling off Mayflower Beach at 7 p.m., stopping at Captain Frosty’s for hot dogs and ice cream, and taking an outdoor shower as the moon rises?

3 MINAUG 13
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Grandmothering

Latest Episodes

Finding Our Proper Relationship to the Natural World

A friend of mine who lives in Eastham was preparing his morning coffee when he heard a ruckus in his yard and looked out to see a hawk grappling with a grackle. “Hey,” he said, “these are my grackles!” and he ran out and chased away the hawk. He later shared this episode on Facebook.

4 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Finding Our Proper Relationship to the Natural World

An October Treestand

It is deer hunting season on Martha’s Vineyard. The eight-week archery season, which began October seventh across the Cape and islands, is a favorite time of my outdoor calendar. Over the years, I have come to appreciate much about the fall hunting experience. And some stuff, not so much.

4 MIN1 w ago
Comments
An October Treestand

Yellow Jackets

I don’t think most of my friends would describe me as a killer, but after I got stung by the yellow jackets living under my deck, I turned into a cold-hearted murderer, loaded for… well, yellow jackets.

3 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Yellow Jackets

A Week in a Dune Shack in the Province Lands

All summer long, I’ve watched as the calendar moved closer to September. September meant the end of the summer rush, a chance to catch my breath. I watched the days get shorter, by a minute or so at first until whole hours of daylight had been swallowed up. September would mean my week in a dune shack in the Province Lands.

4 MIN3 w ago
Comments
A Week in a Dune Shack in the Province Lands

A New Balance

I was walking on the beach in the East End with my dog Dory. It was a very low tide and we were halfway out on the flats, trudging through the wet sand and the warm shallow pools of left-behind water. She happily carried her tennis ball in her mouth and I followed her wagging tail at a moderate pace.

3 MINSEP 17
Comments
A New Balance

The Labor Day Conundrum

In an off-Cape store last month, one of the clerks noticed the address on my account. “Oh, you live on the Cape,” she said. “You must be looking forward to Labor Day.”

3 MINSEP 10
Comments
The Labor Day Conundrum

Boats By Many Names

Four days a week I patrol Lake Tashmoo in a small skiff for the Tisbury shellfish department. Tashmoo is a lake in name only. A 270-acre coastal pond on the north shore of Martha’s Vineyard, it’s connected to Vineyard Sound by a deep, narrow channel.

3 MINSEP 3
Comments
Boats By Many Names

The Apex of Summer and the Freedom of September

It was one of those days where the sand scorches your feet, where even the ocean doesn’t feel crisp enough to refresh you. Summer was at its apex, the sun and the smell of salt and sunscreen enough to intoxicate you.

3 MINAUG 27
Comments
The Apex of Summer and the Freedom of September

A Pathway Less Traveled

Who is not a fan of nature trails? They provide an opportunity to connect with the natural world, to see, hear, smell and touch the glories of nature, and be surrounded by them. Thoreau famously said, “In wildness is the preservation of mankind.”

3 MINAUG 20
Comments
A Pathway Less Traveled

Grandmothering

My grandchildren live on the other side of the country. They are here for two weeks in the summer and two weeks at the winter holidays, so I’m lucky that I’m the grandmother associated with an exotic locale and the freedom that comes with vacation. Who wouldn’t like a lifestyle that includes rolling off Mayflower Beach at 7 p.m., stopping at Captain Frosty’s for hot dogs and ice cream, and taking an outdoor shower as the moon rises?

3 MINAUG 13
Comments
Grandmothering