Published on June 24, 2019

Some Recent News from Blue Hills

Norm banding Peregrine Falcon chick

After working at Blue Hills Wildlife Sanctuary for over 50 years, I have made the decision to retire as Sanctuary Director effective November 2, 2019.

This will give me more time to spend with my wife and grandchildren.

I'll continue working with Mass Audubon in a part-time role doing special projects related to education, raptor research, and endangered species protection.

I feel now is a good time to retire. The new otter exhibit is underway, Trailside's 60th anniversary will be celebrated this fall, and—most importantly—there's a great team at Blue Hills to continue the mission of "Protecting the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife."

I appreciate all the help and support everyone has provided over the years!

—Norman Smith

Norman Smith handling a Peregrine Falcon for the first time (1960s)

Learn more about Norman's work at Mass Audubon over the years: