Published on January 1, 2019

South Coast Sanctuaries: Year In Review

Snowy Owl next to hay bale at Allens Pond


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

Perhaps you can see—or imagine—the December landscape of Mass Audubon’s South Coast Sanctuaries where plants have gone dormant, birds flown south, and insects retreated out of sight. Still, even in the muted colors and sounds, there is beauty. What I see at Allens Pond stuns me every day, whether it’s a snowy owl as pictured above or the setting sun saturating the colors of the grass. I am awed by the subtle progression towards the next season and grateful for its certainty.

I am also grateful for you. Without your support for these magnificent fields, marshes, woodlands, and wetlands, our work to care for them would not be possible. Thank you for sharing our vision for Sanctuary: as a refuge for wildlife, a learning laboratory, and a place for reconnecting with nature, self, family and friends.

In 2018, you made a difference by contributing to Mass Audubon’s South Coast Sanctuaries’ steady progress towards improved bird habitat, expanded trails, educational signage, and new and meaningful learning experiences for young and old alike. On the following pages, you will see evidence of this progress.
We are on track to complete our five-year strategic workplan that will result in a significant transformation by 2023. At that time, the South Coast Sanctuary system will be widely known as:

  • a hotspot for viewing birds in high-quality habitats,
  • a center for environmental learning and
  • a destination for exceptional visitor experiences.

In 2019, we’ll be focusing our efforts on completing an All-Persons Trail and hosting its opening event this summer, expanding our summer camp that inspired under-served boys and girls from the greater Wareham area to connect with nature, and building new opportunities for donors and leaders to make a difference for environmental education and stewardship. With you on board, we will see that "a little progress every day adds up to big results."

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