Hundreds Turn Out For Mass Audubon’s Annual Statewide Volunteer Day
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA — More than 650 people pitched in at Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries from Cape Cod to the Berkshires to make the respected conservation organization’s annual “Work for Wildlife” Statewide Volunteer Day a grand success.
Under blue skies and brilliant sun, “spring cleaners” of all ages and backgrounds—including plenty of families— spent the morning of Saturday, April 27, at 15 wildlife sanctuaries, where they participated in an array of sprucing-up projects. The afternoon was spent enjoying picnicking, exploring the sanctuaries, and otherwise connecting with nature.
Work projects suitable for all abilities ranged from preparing gardens and spreading wood chips to clearing trails, hauling brush, and removing invasive plants.
And a lot was accomplished in a single morning. Here’s just a sampling:
- 418 plants, shrubs, and trees planted
- 29 truckloads of invasive plants pulled
- 3 miles of trails cleared of fallen limbs/trees
- 44 garden beds cleaned and prepped for planting
- 84 wheelbarrows of weeds pulled
- 9 picnic tables built; 6 painted
- 21 campsites cleared of brush and winter debris
“We continue to be impressed—and grateful—that so many people respond each spring to our invitation to pitch in and help out at our wildlife sanctuaries across the Commonwealth,” said Statewide Volunteer Program Coordinator Peggy Sagan. “Thanks to the efforts of so many members and the general public, Mass Audubon sanctuaries are looking great, and are ready to welcome visitors and campers as the outdoor season arrives.”
For more information about Statewide Volunteer Day, visit www.massaudubon.org/workforwildlife.
Mass Audubon protects 36,500 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts’ largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state’s natural treasures for wildlife and for all people—a vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women. Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 125,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today’s and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at massaudubon.org.