Published on January 1, 2018

South Coast Sanctuaries: Year In Review

Walking the beach in winter


Read the full letter and enjoy several snapshots of South Coast Sanctuaries’ accomplishments in the past year!

I want to express to you my heartfelt thanks for your contributions to, and belief in, Mass Audubon’s South Coast Sanctuaries. As a lead supporter, you are making a difference every day—to our visitors and program participants, to the communities who benefit from our expertise and collaboration, and to the health of the variety of habitats and wildlife that our sanctuaries protect. 

I hope that you share both my pride in what we have accomplished together and excitement about the future, and I hope I can count on your continued support. 

Our goals remain: to conserve our unique natural environment, to connect people and nature through direct experience, and to cultivate those who will go on to help address our growing environmental challenges regionally and beyond. I am now excited to share our five-year Strategic
Plan with you. Its three key themes, as follows, will help our team of staff, interns and volunteers focus as we move ahead with our important work:

  • To serve as a Bird Hotspot where habitats are managed to provide needed, and often rare features for species of concern. We share our techniques with other land managers.
  • To invite Exceptional Visitor Experiences by orienting visitors to our sites and interpreting what they find so they leave personally-enriched and more committed to stewardship
  • To become a Center for Field-Based Environmental Learning where participants of any age find a way to deepen their understanding of nature and engage in stewardship and conservation

None of our work—past, present or future—would be possible without your partnership. I’ll be happy to share more with you about the great projects that are happening here and welcome your advice or suggestions for how we might have an even greater impact in the years ahead. Please feel free to contact me any time.

Thank you for all you do for Allens Pond, Great Neck, and in between.

With best wishes for a happy holiday season and much gratitude,
Gina Purtell, Sanctuary Director