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- Founded in 1896
- Independent of the National Audubon Society
- Largest environmental organization in New England
- Care for 34,000 acres of conservation land
- Provide educational programs for 225,000 children and adults annually
- Advocate for sound environmental policies at local, state, and federal levels.
- Over 100,000 members
- Wildlife sanctuaries in 90 Massachusetts communities across the state (21 with staffed Nature Centers)
- Wildlife sanctuaries are home for more than 150 endangered and threatened native species.
- 16 summer day camps and 1 overnight camp serving thousands of campers statewide a year
- Launched one of the world’s first major international natural history travel programs.
Referring to Mass Audubon
Preferred: “Mass Audubon” (While Massachusetts Audubon Society is our legal name, our preferred public name is Mass Audubon)
Protecting the Nature of Massachusetts
Protecting the Nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife.
About Mass Audubon
Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries
Mass Audubon Areas of Focus
- Advocacy – Mass Audubon works with other conservation organizations, legislators, universities and citizen groups to shape, strengthen and ensure the fulfillment of environmental laws, policies and regulations.
- Community Planning - Providing assistance to help communities chart a more sustainable future for the benefit of both people and wildlife.
- Legislative Priorities - Mass Audubon's Beacon Hill Legislative Affairs Office serves both as a leader and a catalyst for conservation by stimulating legislative action to protect the nature of Massachusetts.
- Lights Out Boston - A partnership between the City of Boston, Mass Audubon and leading building owners and managers in Boston.
- Birds & Birding - Mass Audubon's strategy of integrating land conservation, research, education, and advocacy enables us to address the conservation needs of many bird species and habitat priorities.
- Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program -Identifying and conserving critical bird habitat in Massachusetts.
- Coastal Waterbird Program - Working to protect birds such as Piping Plovers, Least Terns and American Oystercatchers, and conserve critical breeding areas such as barrier beaches.
- Breeding Birds Atlas (BBA) - A collection of data about all of the birds that breed in a particular state or region. BBA1 spans 1974 – 1979. BBA2 will be completed in late 2012, early 2013.
- Birds to Watch – A program that asks people to help us track the populations of declining, yet still viable, bird species in towns and cities throughout the Commonwealth to better understand and reverse the causes of their decreasing numbers.
- Climate Change & Energy - Mass Audubon recognizes that climate change caused by the emission of greenhouse gases from fossil fuel use and deforestation is a major threat to wildlife in Massachusetts and the planet.
- Land Protection - Mass Audubon works with local, national, and in some cases international organizations and government agencies to identify and preserve critical habitat.
- Land Acquisition - Mass Audubon acquires land, or rights to land, for the protection of wildlife habitat and for places for people to enjoy nature.
- Ecological Extension Service - providing technical expertise and services to local conservation groups and landowners.
- Natural History Travel - Mass Audubon has been leading discerning travelers to the world's most exciting wilderness destinations for more than 50 years.
- Youth Education – Providing opportunities for children and teachers to learn more about the environment and natural history in both urban and rural settings.
- School Programs - Provide in-classroom programs as well as sanctuary-based activities for school children of all ages. Aligned with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
- Eco-Kids – Educational and fun activities for kids.
- Camps - 17 day camps from the Berkshires to the Cape & Islands, and everywhere in between, plus an overnight camp, Wildwood, in New Hampshire.
Areas of Expertise
- Botany identification and control (including invasive species and native species)
- Climate change, sustainability, alternative energy, green building
- Coastal ecology (marine animal and plant life, habitats)
- Environmental education and activities for children and adults
- Environmental law and policy
- Global conservation
- Land use, protection, and regulation
- New England natural history
- Wildlife identification and behavior (including birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, marine life)