Published on March 24, 2021

2020 Year in Review for West Wildlife Sanctuaries

Parents & infant looking gazing out from an overlook at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in spring © Phil Doyle
© Phil Doyle


Dear Friends & Champions of Nature,

Certainly, 2020 was a year like no other. It was full of challenges, but because of you, we had incredible successes. You made it possible to:

  • Care for (and re-open in May) 14 wildlife sanctuaries across Western Massachusetts, providing a physical and mental respite from pandemic-caused shutdowns.
  • Transition in-school programming to live virtual and video formats, keeping more than 1,500 young people across the region connected to nature through science and climate change lessons.
  • Adapt sanctuary programs including Berkshire Nature Camp and Arcadia’s Nature Preschool to provide children with safe, in-person experiences to connect to nature and peers.
  • Plant 2,150 trees at Arcadia and Canoe Meadows to restore floodplain forest and create climate resilient landscapes.
  • Support young climate champions through a virtual Youth Climate Summit with schools participating from across the region.
  • Raise more than $1 million for capital projects that will allow us to better serve our communities for generations to come.

In mid-March, we couldn't have imagined this list of accomplishments. But thanks to your incredibly generous contributions to our special projects and Bird-at-home-a-thon, renewing your memberships faithfully, and continuing to come out to volunteer, the year has been a surprising success.

Because you were there for us, we could be there for you.

Nature, with its seasonal changes and adaptations in times of crisis, teaches us resilience. In 2020, as we lived through the pandemic, political upheaval, and a racial justice reckoning, we have been inspired by the resilience of our communities. We look forward to bringing that energy into 2021 and harnessing it to expand Mass Audubon’s work of protecting land, educating for the environment, and inspiring action to address the climate crisis throughout the region.

With gratitude and hope,

Becky Cushing-Gop
Mass Audubon West Director

Jonah Keane
Connecticut River Valley Director