Statewide Volunteer Day
Saturday, April 30, 2016 – Mass Audubon’s 10th Annual Statewide Volunteer Day
Sunny skies shone on close to 600 volunteers who flocked to 14 wildlife sanctuaries across the state for Mass Audubon’s 10th Annual Statewide Volunteer Day. After a long winter that hung on into April, our sanctuaries needed some TLC, and our volunteers delivered! As in previous years, volunteers selected from among a variety of “housekeeping” projects, many suitable for families with young children. With their help, we groomed trails, cleared turtle gardens, removed dead trees, tidied up campsites, and installed a new fence.
With so many helping hands—about 600 volunteers in all—14 sanctuaries were able to cross 29 time-consuming projects off their spring “to do” lists (and in just one morning). What an amazing effort! Also amazing is what our volunteers helped us accomplish. Here are just a few examples:
- Pulled 30 truckloads of invasive plants (such as Oriental bittersweet and multiflora rose)
- Collected 33 large bags of trash
- Groomed 656 yards of trails
- Cleaned and organized 1 kitchen
- Spread 245 yards of wood chips
- Planted 120 plants and shrubs
- Created a “living shoreline” with 35 shell bags
To find out more about Statewide Volunteer Day 2016, check out the photo slideshow.
If you missed Statewide Volunteer Day, we hope you will consider volunteering at one of our wildlife sanctuaries during the coming year. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and help Mass Audubon protect the nature of Massachusetts. You can learn more about Mass Audubon programs and activities by signing up to receive periodic e-newsletters on topics of interest to you.
Statewide Volunteer Day is an annual event. We look forward to seeing you next April—and throughout the year—at one of our many wildlife sanctuaries.