Annual Statewide Volunteer Day Set For Saturday, April 25
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—With the effects of the record-breaking winter still being felt across the Bay State, Mass Audubon’s annual salute to spring-cleaning, Statewide Volunteer Day, is awaited with an extra sense of anticipation this year.
The ninth-annual event takes place Saturday, April 25 at 16 Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries, from the Berkshires to Boston, the North Shore to Buzzards Bay. The low-exertion “sprucing up” projects are again expected to attract hundreds of outdoors lovers and others seeking to again embrace the natural world after a grueling cold-weather season.
Work parties will focus on an array of “chores,” from preparation of gardens and trail maintenance to litter pickup and weed pulling. During last spring’s event, volunteers showed what working together—and in large numbers—could accomplish. Here’s just a sampling:
- 200 flowers and shrubs planted
- 140 yards of trails groomed
- 4 truckloads of invasive plant species removed
- 206 yards of mulch, wood chips, and compost spread
- 21 camp sites cleared of debris
With many sanctuaries still showing the effects from months of arctic temperatures, ice, and record-breaking snowfalls, participants can be expected to match, if not surpass, the totals from the 2014 cleanup.
“Statewide Volunteer Day has become a rite of spring for hundreds of Mass Audubon members and the general public who look forward to getting outdoors and re-connecting with nature,” said Mass Audubon Statewide Volunteer Program Coordinator Peggy Sagan.
“And after the unrelenting winter we’ve had, our wildlife sanctuaries are in particular need of our volunteers’ TLC, energy, and enthusiasm,” Sagan added. “In return, we can promise volunteers a fun experience and a real sense of accomplishment.”
To learn more about Statewide Volunteer Day, including how to participate, visit www.massaudubon.org/workforwildlife.
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.