Wildlife Research & Conservation

Mass Audubon is at the forefront of understanding the ever-changing patterns of bird and other wildlife populations, and what these changes may mean for the nature of Massachusetts. By scientifically monitoring the state’s wildlife, Mass Audubon informs important conservation decisions and launches programs aimed at helping at-risk species. Educating and engaging the public to learn more about wildlife through citizen science is also a hallmark of conservation at Mass Audubon.

Bird © Liz Mackney

In order to make effective conservation choices, we need a good understanding of how the birds of Massachusetts are doing, and where they might need attention. Mass Audubon maintains the most comprehensive public database of bird distribution, abundance, and trend information for the Commonwealth. Learn More

Piping Plover and Chicks © John Van deGraaff
Piping Plover and Chicks © John Van deGraaff

Mass Audubon's Coastal Waterbird Program is one of the most effective entities working to protect coastal birds and barrier beaches in North America. The Coastal Waterbird Program’s primary objective is to protect nesting and foraging areas throughout the state. Learn More

Long-tailed duck © Wolfgang Wander, Wikimedia

In order to get better knowledge of the stresses birds face during the breeding (for many of our wintering ducks and shorebirds), migration, and overwintering, Mass Audubon is working to track individual bird migrations through several projects. Learn More

Canada warbler © David Larson, Mass Audubon
Canada warbler © David Larson, Mass Audubon

The forests of New England are vital for the survival of many forest birds. Mass Audubon has partnered with Audubon Vermont and Franklin Land Trust to increase awareness of forest birds in the state. Learn More

Blue dasher dragonfly © Joy Marzolf, Mass Audubon
Blue dasher dragonfly © Joy Marzolf, Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon's Inventory and Monitoring Project will help us evaluate the changes in the species that live in Massachusetts and provide the basis for future conservation action. Learn More

American kestrel

Mass Audubon has a long history in working with grassland birds, a group that is showing steep declines across North America including in the Commonwealth. Learn More

tree frog © Joy Marzolf, Mass Audubon
tree frog © Joy Marzolf, Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon has a longstanding interest in the protection of amphibian and reptile populations in Massachusetts. Learn More

Mass Audubon supports the conservation of birds, wildlife, and habitat through our work at the federal, state, and local levels of government. Learn More