Hundreds Turn Out For Mass Audubon’s Annual Statewide Volunteer Day

Release Date:
May 16, 2013

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.

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Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.