Regional Action Agenda Forum Spotlight: Coastal Resilience

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Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, South Dartmouth

Saturday, October 29, 2022
10:00 am-2:00 pm

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Program Schedule

8:00-9:30 am

Optional • Birding (guided) or All Persons Trail (self-guided)

10:00 am-12:00 pm

Dive deep into the region’s Action Agenda with a moderated and interactive discussion on key initiatives supporting our coastal resilience work up and down the shoreline and at Allens Pond.

12:00-12:45 pm

Lunch and conversation.

1:00-2:00 pm

Take part in demonstration projects that highlight the Agenda in Action:

Experience the “living laboratory” of coastal restoration at Allens Pond
The tidal marsh of Allens Pond serves as a living laboratory to test Mass Audubon’s innovative use of “runneling” to increase resilience in salt marshes in Massachusetts. As only the second marsh to undergo this technique, experience how the work at Allens Pond is being undertaken and how it may serve as a guide for future salt marsh restorations in the commonwealth. 

Explore the changing Allens Pond watershed 
Allens Pond is a dynamic ecosystem and home to numerous rare, threatened, and endangered species that rely on a healthy watershed. Explore how the pond has been changing and learn how we monitor the nutrient load and conduct water testing. We will also examine opportunities to influence local legislation and community action to ensure its long-term health as well as that of other significant ecosystems.

2:00-3:30 pm

Optional • Reception with your fellow Board, Council, and Honorary Directors. 



What should I wear?

“There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”  While we are hopeful that the day will provide perfect autumn weather, we know that any day at Allens Pond presents its unique and rugged beauty. Please be prepared for a day of outdoor activities (comfortable shoes, warm/waterproof outerwear, sun protection, etc.).

How can I carpool with fellow members?

This group hails from all over Massachusetts and we would love for you to consider carpooling to the sanctuary with fellow members from your neck of the woods. An attendee list with towns and emails will be shared several weeks prior to the event.

Are there hotels nearby?

If you are interested in arriving the evening before, or staying to explore after, below are a few hotels in the area for you to consider:

Fairfield Inn New Bedford
185 Macarthur Drive, New Bedford, MA 02740
(774) 634-2000

Hampton Inn Fairhaven
1 Hampton Way, Fairhaven, MA 02719
(508) 990-8500

Do I need to do anything to prepare for the day?

Prior to the event, we will share more detailed program and logistical information as well any additional materials.

Other questions?

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Kate Wilkinson by email or at 781-259-2104.