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 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.