Annual Statewide Volunteer Day Set For Saturday, April 25

Release Date:
March 25, 2015

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.

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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.