Citizen Science at Wachusett Meadow
The landscape and wildlife of Massachusetts is changing for a variety of reasons. Climate change, development, and invasive species, among other factors, are altering the Commonwealth’s lands and the plants and animals that depend on these habitats.
Taking inventory and monitoring of specific wildlife and plants provides us with information on how well our wildlife sanctuaries represent the biological diversity found in Massachusetts and provides information on changes over time.
Wachusett Meadow offers many opportunities to participate in wildlife research and protection efforts as a citizen science volunteer.
We are one of many wildlife sanctuaries participating in the statewide wildlife sanctuary Inventory and Monitoring Project, which helps Mass Audubon evaluate and provide the basis for future conservation action though land management decisions, advocacy, and education.
At Wachusett Meadow, we are focused on assessing the populations of: