Mass Audubon Honored For Support Of Endangered Species Programs

Release Date:
April 1, 2014

LINCOLN—Mass Audubon has been honored by the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) for its support of the state Endangered Species Act and commitment to vulnerable plants and animals.

The longtime conservation leader will be presented with a Green Star award by the Environmental League at its annual Earth Night gala,to be held Saturday evening, April 5. Honored guest will be U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and Canton native Gina McCarthy.

When a lawsuit threatened the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA), Mass Audubon was instrumental in its defense, which resulted in a victory before the state Supreme Judicial Court. The organization has been a champion of the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, which is charged with carrying out MESA edicts. Mass Audubon has also been a steadfast supporter of endangered species at the State House where it works to strengthen the law and defeat legislative repeal efforts.

The Conservation Law Foundation, which partners with Mass Audubon on environmental advocacy initiatives, will also be presented with a Green Star award, for its work on gas-line leaks and the Salem power plant conversion.

Mass Audubon President Henry Tepper said that the organization was honored to be chosen by ELM for the prestigious award.  “Almost 120 years ago, Mass Audubon was founded by two women who, outraged by the mass killing of egrets and other species for their feathers, inspired a national movement to protect vulnerable birdlife,” Tepper noted. “We’re especially proud that advocating on behalf of endangered species has been fundamental to our mission from the beginning.”

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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.