Hundreds Pitch In for Mass Audubon’s Statewide Volunteer Day

Release Date:
May 29, 2014

LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon’s Statewide Volunteer Day Saturday, April 26, attracted an estimated 450 enthusiasts to spring-cleaning projects at 16 of the respected conservation organization’s statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries.

The volunteers ranged from individuals and families to seniors and community-minded corporate groups. They all showed a commitment to the annual gathering’s theme, “Work for Wildlife,” by clearing trails, removing brush, preparing gardens, and otherwise getting things “shipshape” at the sanctuaries in time for the warm-weather months.

Follow-up reports from sanctuary staff suggested an astounding—and much appreciated!—variety of work done and tasks completed.

Here’s just a sampling:

  • 10 truckloads of brush and winter debris removed
  • 21 campsites cleared of debris
  • 73 bags of trash collected
  • 4 truckloads of invasive plant species removed         
  • 206 yards of mulch, wood chips, and compost spread

Many volunteers took great satisfaction in seeing the fruits of their labors. Lots of positive comments were heard, such as “Look at the field now – what a different we made. I hope the children enjoy it.” And, “This will be such a nice trail for the children at the sanctuary preschool. I’m glad I could help.”

On behalf of Mass Audubon, Statewide Volunteer Program Coordinator Peggy Sagan expressed her gratitude to all the participants.

“Once again, Mass Audubon members and friends have turned out in force to help get our wildlife sanctuaries ready for the busiest seasons of the year,” Sagan said. “These individuals, families, and groups help ensure that the hundreds of thousands of visitors to our properties each year have memorable experiences and forge their own connections to nature.”

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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.