Mass Audubon praised a December 18 bipartisan congressional vote that makes permanent a federal tax incentive supporting land conservation.
Farmers and forestland owners, community-based and statewide land trusts, and most importantly, Massachusetts residents, will directly benefit from the incentive that encourages landowners to place conservation restrictions on their land to protect important natural, scenic, and historic resources.
Mass Audubon, in partnership with the Connecticut Audubon Society and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, has been awarded a $69,632 Environmental Education grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to inform their members and the public about climate change and its impacts on local ecosystems.
Mass Audubon, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and LandVest, has developed a web-based interactive map to assist the Massachusetts land conservation community and state and municipal environmental planners in identifying parcels best suited to meet land protection goals as birds, other animals and plants, and the habitats they depend upon are impacted by climate change.
In the six years that Mass Audubon’s Picture This: Your Great Outdoors statewide photo contest has been attracting photographers of all ages and abilities, judges have looked at thousands of images that reveal the Bay State’s natural beauty and rich diversity of animals and plants. And after deliberating over what may have been the toughest competition yet, the judging panel named Steve Flint of Foxborough 2015 Grand Prize Winner, for his striking image of a short-tailed weasel gazing directly at him, taken at Mass Audubon’s Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Norfolk.
Gary Clayton, Vice President for Conservation Programs at Mass Audubon, has been named President of the respected environmental organization. As the senior conservation executive, Clayton has overseen more than 75 percent of Mass Audubon's staff, and managed most of its mission-critical programs.
Mass Audubon and “From the Top,” the National Public Radio showcase for top young classical musicians, teamed up on a video in which a teenage saxophone standout serenades an "audience" of chickens at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln. The result is an engaging--and very funny--take on how people and animals can interact in surprising ways.
Mass Audubon has been awarded the coveted 4-star rating for the second-straight year by Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent and most influential charity evaluator. In a congratulatory letter to the regional nonprofit conservation leader, Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher lauded Mass Audubon’s “sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.”
A volunteer leader in the food forest project at Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center Wildlife Sanctuary, Daniel Schenk of the Boston Food Forest Coalition, has been named one of only three finalists in the Boston-region Cox Conserves Heroes program, organized through WFXT-TV Fox25. The Heroes program, created by Cox Enterprises and The Trust for Public Land, honors volunteers who create, preserve, or enhance the shared outdoor places in our communities.
Mass Audubon's annual statewide photo competition, Picture This: Your Great Outdoors, is accepting entries only until the end of this month. Photographers have until September 30 to submit images to the contest, which each year attracts thousands of entries from hundreds of photographers of all abilities, ages, and backgrounds.
Mass Audubon's Bird-a-thon, a 24-hour bird identification marathon, has evolved into the organization's single largest annual fundraiser. But the 2015 event which took place May 15-16 was one for the record books, with an unprecedented $219,547.20 raised for the regional conservation leader's wildlife sanctuaries and programs.
Mass Audubon has been accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, which supports land conservation groups nationwide. Accreditation provides Mass Audubon the benefit of an unbiased outside assessment from other land conservation professionals as the organization seeks to maintain its standard of excellence in land acquisition and stewardship.
Mass Audubon's Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester will name a new education center in honor of Barbara Fargo, a steadfast and generous friend of the sanctuary for almost a quarter-century. The building will be the centerpiece of Broad Meadow Brook's $2.5 million Your Sanctuary in the City capital campaign.
Christy Foote-Smith is retiring after a dozen years as Director of Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln. Succeeding her is wildlife sanctuary Program Innovation Coordinator and veteran Drumlin Farm educator Renata Pomponi.
Mass Audubon and Princeton Land Trust have secured an option to purchase Fieldstone Farm in Princeton, located adjacent to Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary. Also known as the Smith Farm, the 300-acre agricultural property is a local landmark, and includes an 18th-century farmhouse, fields, woods, and wetlands.
More than 800 participants turned out for Mass Audubon’s ninth-annual Statewide Volunteer Day. There were lots of spring-cleaning tasks awaiting participants when they showed up April 25 at 16 of the respected conservation organization’s network of wildlife sanctuaries, which stretches from the Cape and Islands to the Berkshires.
Mass Audubon and the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) are partnering to bring STEM-focused summertime professional development to educators on Cape Cod, the North Shore, and in Boston’s western suburbs. These one-week courses for grade 3–8 educators will bring together scientists, engineers, and educators from environmental organizations across the state.
Yankee magazine has honored Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in its May-June issue as “Best Birdwatching” destination in Massachusetts. In fact, the Mass Audubon property in Easthampton and Northampton is the only birding venue saluted by the renowned magazine’s editors in their annual survey of New England’s top attractions.
Bird-a-thon, Mass Audubon’s friendly competition to financially support conservation across the Commonwealth, is again expected to engage hundreds of enthusiasts in an all-night/all-day bird identification marathon, May 15-16. The statewide contest, Mass Audubon’s single largest annual fundraiser, challenges teams of birders of all abilities to identify the most species in 24 hours.
Mass Audubon’s popular Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest annually attracts hundreds of photographers of all ages and abilities who connect with nature through their images celebrating the natural beauty of Massachusetts. The contest runs through September 30.
Mass Audubon’s annual salute to spring-cleaning, Statewide Volunteer Day takes place Saturday, April 25 at 16 Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries. Hundreds of volunteers are expected to help get sanctuaries ready for the busy visitation season.
The Birders Meeting, Mass Audubon’s annual celebration of birdlife and birding will take place Saturday, March 7, in the LaCava Center at Bentley University in Waltham. The popular conference brings together hundreds of birders and others who care about nature to learn the latest in the field, make new birding companions—and look forward to exploring fields and forests in search of their favorite species.
Mass Audubon has named Lauren Gordon as director of its Oak Knoll and Attleboro Springs wildlife sanctuaries in Attleboro. Previously, Gordon served as education coordinator and camp director at Mass Audubon’s Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton.