Explore two of Massachusetts’ rarest habitats—coastal heathland and sandplain grassland—at Sesachacha Heathlands Wildlife Sanctuary on the eastern side of Nantucket. Sesachacha Pond, the largest body of brackish water on the island and located within the sanctuary, is magnet for 300 recorded bird species, including northern harriers and eastern towhees.
Every year during the summer breeding season, Mass Audubon's Coastal Waterbird Program (CWP) conducts shorebird nest monitoring field studies on both Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Here's a look at the 2021 season results from both locations.
"My protection of the environment left the theoretical," says Sarah Swenson, talking about her YES internship this summer. "I realized that an essential part of my relationship with nature is a hands-on connection to the natural world."
The Youth Environmental Stewardship program is a paid summer internship that enables island youth to gain hands-on conservation and management experience at our sanctuaries. We have the chance to fund three students—but we need your help to make it happen!