Mass Audubon’s mission is protecting the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife, but
our reach extends far beyond state lines. Our global efforts began in the late 1960s, when it
became obvious that the clearing of forests and degradation of oceans affects us all regardless
how well we’re protecting our own backyard.
On top of that, protecting “Massachusetts birds” involves a broader approach because over 70
percent of them spend time elsewhere.
This is why in 1969 Mass Audubon launched one of the world’s first major international natural
history travel programs with a goal of educating participants about our global ecosystem. Since
then, Mass Audubon has embraced a limited international conservation agenda to complement
its ambitious domestic one.