Published on April 29, 2020

A Message from Our Director

Immersing yourself in art and nature is, for many, the surest way to find delight, comfort, and inspiration during difficult times. While MABA is closed, our staff are focused on enhancing your opportunities to connect with art and nature through our Taking Flight blog. New content is being added regularly, including guest posts from some internationally recognized bird artists.

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Here's what you can find right now: 

→ The 4th Annual "Taking Flight" Juried Youth Art Exhibition has gone digital! The delightful artworks and writings by these talented young people are guaranteed to lift your spirits.

→ Art Views is a fascinating new series of personal perspectives on bird art, generously contributed by artists, collectors, MABA staff, and other art enthusiasts. Guest bloggers have included artist Sherrie York writing about her "Trunk Show" linocut, as well as Julianne Mehegan discussing Cindy House's "Flight Over the Dunes" pastel landscape. Both artworks are in Mass Audubon's collection at MABA.

→ And don't miss a minute of what's unfolding in nature with our Nature in a Minute series, written by Education Director Sean Kent and occasional guest bloggers. Recent posts have featured the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, the American Kestrel, and that beloved harbinger of spring—skunk cabbage.

→ If you are home with young children, be sure to check out Sean's Nature Story Time series, which features readings of picture books along with related crafts.

→ Finally, are you wondering what's happening at MABA while most of the staff are working from home? Like the wildlife, Milly the Raccoon—a very lively plush toy—has been taking advantage of the quiet by exploring the sanctuary. Milly's adventures have included watching the Tree Swallows return to their nest boxes, admiring the art in our silent gallery, searching for life in the vernal pool, and—oh no—raiding the bird feeder!

Don't forget that, if you're on Facebook, you can connect with MABA there, too!

All the staff look forward to greeting you at MABA once it's safe for us to gather again.

–Amy Montague, Director