As an avid birder, nature enthusiast, and active member of several conservation organizations, Marj Rines had no trouble deciding how she wanted to spend her free time when she retired from a career in advertising: she wanted to volunteer with Mass Audubon and share her knowledge and interest in wildlife.
Volunteer at Broad Meadow Brook
About five years ago, Dick MacKinnon, who had recently retired, read an ad recruiting volunteers for Mass Audubon’s Central Sanctuaries. The ad drew his interest, so he went to Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester and met Sanctuary Director Deb Cary. “She had a list of all the jobs that needed to be done,” Dick recalls, “so I chose from the list and have been coming here ever since.”
Volunteer at Boston Nature Center
Cathy Campbell has been volunteering for the Boston Nature Center since the 1990's, serving on the advisory committee that established BNC and ultimately becoming a board member at Mass Audubon. Her family has been involved with events and programs at BNC for many years.
Volunteer at Long Pasture
When it comes to horseshoe crabs, Hillary Cressey knows what she is talking about. Wading along banks of slender cordgrass, she keeps a sharp lookout for their telltale shapes crawling along the sand. When she spots one, she jots down in a waterproof notebook the location of the animal and whether it is accompanied by a mate.
Volunteer at Oak Knoll
“Mass Audubon is an environmentally minded organization,” she says, “and I like to be outdoors, so I called Oak Knoll.” Bragg was immediately enlisted as a volunteer there and at sister sanctuary Attleboro Springs—clearing trails, putting up flyers, advertising activities, laying out bricks for garden paths, and helping out in any other way needed.