Celebrating 125 Years of Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon 125th Anniversary banner with tern illustration

Mass Audubon has been protecting the nature of Massachusetts since 1896.

On a cold January day in 1896, Harriet Hemenway and her cousin Minna Hall warmed up with a cup of tea in their home in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. On the table before them was the "Blue Book," a compendium of Boston’s high society. The duo had recently learned about the cruel and deadly treatment of birds for fashion—specifically the harvesting of feathers for hats that were all the rage.

Their mission: to persuade as many of the women listed in that book as possible to forgo these hats and protect their beloved birds. Some 125 years later, the organization they would go on to form is still fighting to protect birds, conserve land, and educate adults and children. 

We're planning lots of fun ways to celebrate our 125th anniversary.

Keep checking back throughout the year.

125 Ways to Celebrate Nature


Woman in yoga pose balanced on rock that overlooking conservation land in Essex, MA © Davey Walters
© Davey Walters

125 Ways to Celebrate Nature

In honor of our anniversary, we've compiled 125 nature ideas for you to enjoy and celebrate the amazing world around you!

Share how you celebrate nature with us by tagging @massaudubon in your adventures online. 

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Mass Audubon Timeline

Timeline: 1896-2021

Enjoy an interactive look at Mass Audubon's 125-year history. Dive in >

Virtual Backgrounds

Download 125th Virtual Backgrounds

Tracy Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, original watercolor © Barry Van Dusen
© Barry Van Dusen

Every month features a different painting by nature artist Barry Van Dusen. Get the latest one >

125th Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

Up for a challenge? Try finding all 125 items in our special-edition scavenger hunt! Start searching >

125th Anniversary Shirt

125th Anniversary Shirt

Our limited-edition shirt comes in 5 colors and 7 styles! Help protect the nature of Massachusetts and look good doing it! Order yours >

By the Numbers

By the Numbers

The first informal meeting of Mass Audubon took place on February 10, 1896. More numbers >

Sanctuary Magazine

Sanctuary Magazine Archive

Read issues of our award-winning journal, which ran from 1980-2014. Browse the archive >

125th Anniversary Gear

Limited-Edition Gear

Bring Mass Audubon's 125th anniversary home with commemorative drinkware, stickers, and a bag kids can color themselves! Start shopping >

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