Hundreds Pitch In for Mass Audubon’s Statewide Volunteer Day
Michael P. O'Connor
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.”
Mass Audubon protects more than 38,000 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's 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 135,000 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 www.massaudubon.org.