Mass Audubon considers invasive species to be one of the greatest threats to the nature of Massachusetts because they out-compete, displace, or kill native species. Our approach to addressing the threat invasive species pose to native plants and animals is three-fold.
Manage Our Wildlife Sanctuary Lands
- Developed a comprehensive strategy for managing invasive species. Learn More
- Identifying invasive species threats at each sanctuary and implementing management measures to address the most serious threats.
- See examples of invasive species control projects.
Address Invasive Species Threats Statewide
- Being an active member of the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group (MIPAG), the group that identified 66 species as invasive leading to their banishment of importation or sale in Massachusetts.
- Working with Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management and other supporting state agencies to address aquatic invasive species that threaten our lakes, ponds, wetlands, and coastal waters.
Educate Our Members and the General Public
- Developed online invasive plant guide with identification tips and management suggestions.
- Offer invasive-centric public programs at our wildlife sanctuaries.
- Providing an invasive species management handbook to Mass Audubon's education staff and to more than 200 conservation land managers across the state.