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 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.