Wildlife Care at Drumlin Farm

baby snapping turtle © Mia Kheyfetz, Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary is unique in its position as an environmental education center, working farm, and wildlife sanctuary, which includes a collection of native wildlife on exhibit and utilized in educational programs both on and offsite to area schools and communities.

Wildlife Care Center

Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary is unique in its position as an environmental education center, working farm, and wildlife sanctuary, which includes a collection of native wildlife on exhibit and utilized in educational programs both on and offsite to area schools and communities.

Great horned owl

The Wildlife Care Center is a long term care facility for injured or human habituated wildlife that cannot survive in the wild.  Most of our animals are used for educational programming, and the rest are species ambassadors on display for our visitors on the farm. A team of teacher naturalists utilizes our education animals to teach about wildlife and the importance of conserving our natural world.

While some of our residents do require special care as a result of their injuries, we are not a rehabilitation center. If you encounter an injured animal, please contact your local wildlife rehabilitator. Find a list on MassWildlife’s website.

Wildlife Care Internship

The Wildlife Internship Program for college students and recent grads helps train future wildlife care specialists. Our interns learn from and assist Wildlife Care staff with the general care and maintenance of a collection of native non-releasable wildlife. Learn more

Our Wildlife

Drumlin Farm cares for more than 70 individuals that belong to more than 30 species wildlife native to Massachusetts.

Education Animals

When they are not visiting thousands of schoolchildren in their classrooms each year, these animals reside at the Wildlife Care Center. This area is not open to the public.

These are some of the species housed at the Wildlife Care Center:

American Crows Box turtle Gray Tree Frog Painted turtles Spotted Salamander
American Toad Broad-winged hawk Great horned owl Pekin Ducks Spotted turtle
Barn owl Call Duck Kestrel Pigeon Starling
Barn owl Canada goose Mallard Domestic Rabbits Turkey vulture
Barred Owl Cedar waxwing Mice Red-shouldered hawk Wood turtle
Blue bird Corn snakes Mourning dove Red-tailed hawks Woodchuck
Blue Jay White-tailed deer Opossums Eastern screech owls  

Exhibit Animals

When you visit Drumlin Farm, you have an opportunity to see many of our native wildlife in three different exhibits: Bird Hill, Drumlin Underground, and the Deer Pen. During the winter, some of the exhibit animals “migrate” to the Wildlife Care Center where they can enjoy an artificial warmer climate. Learn more about these exhibits

Retired Animals

Several animals have worked with us for many years, and now they are enjoying their well-deserved rest at the Wildlife Care Center, which is not open to the public. One of our retired animals is our oldest guest, a turkey vulture that came to the farm in 1977 as an adult. He is at least 40 years old, but might be much older.