Annual Report

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2016

A century ago, Mass Audubon established its first wildlife sanctuary. Since then, we have added hundreds of properties that have become extraordinary statewide resources to connect people with nature. Our sanctuaries provide protection for our native plants and animals, locations for important scientific research and management, and places where people from all walks of life can explore, learn, have fun, and relax.

Why we choose to protect any individual parcel of land is unique: to help protect a particular species, such as terrapin turtles on Cape Cod; to expand our sanctuary borders, such as at Fieldstone Farm in Princeton; and sometimes, like at Tidmarsh Farms in Plymouth, to provide access to nature in a new neighborhood or community. The land protection “ride” is as wonderful and wild, at times, as the land itself.

Massachusetts is home to a complex mosaic of landscapes and associated habitats, often rich in biodiversity. It takes an equally complex mix of techniques to acquire land. When we consider our work in the context of conserving habitats that help to address the impacts of climate change, it creates new urgency for our efforts and pushes us to seek innovative conservation strategies and tools. This report highlights a number of success stories and the methods we used to protect over 1,200 acres this year—a high watermark for recent years!

Looking back, one thing is clear. Mass Audubon could not do this work without the support, inspiration, and energy we receive from our members, donors, volunteers, community partners, and government agencies. We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you at a wildlife sanctuary. There’s sure to be one close by waiting just for you!

Sincerely,

Gary Clayton         Jared Chase
President         Chair, Board of Directors