Mass Audubon’s Annual Statewide Volunteer Day Saturday, April 26
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—After the long hard winter, Mass Audubon is expecting an especially energized turnout for its eighth-annual Statewide Volunteer Day, taking place Saturday, April 26. This year, the respected conservation organization will host “Work for Wildlife” projects at 16 of its wildlife sanctuaries.
The volunteer event has become a rite of spring for hundreds of Mass Audubon members and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages who are eager to help their favorite sanctuaries get ready for the busy outdoor season.
This year’s sprucing-up tasks range from preparing garden sites and nature play areas to trail clearing and removal of invasive species.
Participants come away from the morning of work-party activities with a feeling of community and a sense of satisfaction after a job well done. At last year’s event, more than 400 plants and shrubs were planted, 30 truckloads of invasive species were carted away, three miles of trails were cleared of fallen limbs and trees, and 21 campsites were cleaned up.
“Statewide Volunteer Day goes to the heart of our mission, inspiring our members and staff as well as the general public to help with the spring cleaning at our sanctuaries,” said Mass Audubon President Henry Tepper. “It’s also a terrific family event, and a great way to connect children and teenagers with nature.”
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.