Published on February 11, 2021

2020 Year in Review for Metro West Wildlife Sanctuaries

Woman & man walking by overlook at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in summer


Dear Friends,

Last year will be remembered for generations as a year of unexpected and enormous challenges as the world grappled with the effects of a global pandemic. At the same time, 2020 provided opportunities for new insights about focusing on what's really important. While much of this has revolved around our health, family, and community, at Mass Audubon we have refocused in similar ways to carry out our work in land conservation, environmental education, and sustainable agriculture.

Our Metro West wildlife sanctuaries—Broadmoor in Natick, Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, Habitat in Belmont, and more—have begun to grow from a set of smaller, distinct sites into a community of staff, volunteers, and supporters with a larger connected purpose. We've embraced change with this transition and the leadership of our new Mass Audubon President, David O'Neill.

With in-person interactions limited, we've found ways to engage people in nature through remote learning, smaller group sizes for our summer camps, and many staff still working from home. We've embraced more time for reflection, forging new connections between our goal to protect the environment and larger issues around social justice, diversity and equity, hunger relief, and climate action.

Most of all, this past year taught us how important you—our community members—are to Mass Audubon. Your support connects thousands of people to nature each year, protects and preserves our sanctuary lands, and helps our leaders prioritize a healthy environment. We hope you enjoy these snapshots of successes and joys amidst a hard year. Thank you for being a part of them.


Renata Pomponi
Metro West Wildlife Sanctuaries Director