News & Events

Volunteer putting an osprey into a box for translocation

Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

This year marked the fourth year of Mass Audubon’s partnership with the University of Illinois at Springfield and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to help restore an osprey breeding population in Illinois. 

Children playing in a channel of water

Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

Mass Audubon educators have been spending time exploring the amazing wildlife and wild places of New Bedford with the Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) campers as part of the Explore Your Environment Summer Program.

Baby Diamondback Terrapin in hand

Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

In the summer of 2021, we conducted pilot studies at both Allens Pond and Great Neck wildlife sanctuaries on the South Coast. The results we found will help inform future land management decisions as we work to enhance turtle nesting habitats at these two properties. 

Duck Derby 2021 winning ducks lined up in finish order

Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

What a fantastic 18th year for the Duck Derby and an amazing way to celebrate Mass Audubon's 125th anniversary! See the official list of the winners, and thank you to everyone who participated.

Duck Derby 2019 Grand Prize winner Maureen Jones in Savannah, GA, with her family

Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

In August 2019, longtime Dartmouth resident Maureen Jones received a call informing her that her duck had just won her the Duck Derby grand prize. "I was floored!" she said. "I enter the Duck Derby every year, but I always just buy one duck for $10."

Piping Plovers engaged in courtship behavior on a beach (by Derek Garvey/Mass Audubon)

Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

Each year, coastal waterbirds such as Piping Plovers, Least Terns, and American Oystercatchers return to their summer homes on the Massachusetts shoreline. And each year, our Coastal Waterbird Program (CWP) team works to protect the habitats that are crucial to the continued recovery of these threatened birds.

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