Mass Audubon Blogs
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Did you head to the beach during the long weekend? Here are five fantastic images from our past Photo Contests that capture the joy of a day spent with sand and surf. Have a great shot of your own? Enter our 2015 Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest!
Need last-minute plans for the long weekend? Take in an art exhibit, discover the power of flowers, see a heron rookery, and much more. Try Tracking Shorebirds at Felix Neck in Edgartown. Walk the beach with a shorebird biologist to search for oystercatchers, plovers, and terns, identify bird and mammal tracks in the sand, and record field data. […]
The birds are singing and the days are getting longer, meaning it’s time to head outside and lend a hand in one of our Citizen-Science (CitSci) projects. If you enjoy watching birds, we need your help! Your collective observations and sightings are a valuable source of information on birds. Participating is easy and can take […]
We’ve had .1 inches of rain in May. The last time we had significant precipitation was April 19. That’s five weeks without rain! And the heat and strong winds have magnified the effects of no water. The soil has turned to powder and now we are seeing poor germination in our weekly seeding of arugula, […]
Red-winged blackbirds have been scouting for nest sites in the marsh. The male shows his red epaulets bordered with yellow when he wants to be seen. He can cover the colors when he is feeding or resting. The boardwalk bench is probably in this male’s territory and he wants other birds to know it’s his. […]
On April 1, 2015, Mass Audubon acquired a conservation restriction on an important 48-acre forested parcel in a corridor linking our Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary to the extensive open lands in the western part of Northampton. For years we have had our eye on a group of undeveloped properties on the west side of Route 10 […]
Our bird banding station has opened for spring business. As of mid-April, we were seeing what you’d pretty much expect. But, as always, getting such a close look at even the most common birds is a pleasure. Tree swallows, hopped up on breeding hormones, have inadvertently flown into the mist nets a few times. This […]
Our first few days of CSA distribution here at Moose Hill have been wonderful with fresh greens and radishes in abundance. One of the items our shareholders are receiving is a potted basil plant. By taking care of this small plant, shareholders can potentially have basil for the entire summer. This fragrant herb can be used […]
The final weeks before the start of camp season are here and it’s a great time to look ahead to what’s in store for this summer. The first two weekends in May we welcomed over eighty people to Wildwood for two open house events. These open houses are a great way to get to know […]
As osprey pairs settle onto their platforms up and down the South Coast, preparing to raise a brood (or two!) of offspring this summer, a key to their success may be how many herring the adult osprey can feed to their young. “Herring are fueling the initial reproduction of ospreys,” said Allan Poole. They are […]
This is from a series of posts by MABA resident artist Barry Van Dusen Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton on April 28, 2015 There’s a sweet spot in the Hickory/Hornbeam woods on the back side of Brown Hill at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary. Joe Choiniere tipped me off to this rocky slope where Hepatica, Dutchman’s Breeches, Early Saxifrage and […]