Mass Audubon’s Statewide Volunteer Day Draws Record Turnout
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA— A lot of nature lovers were obviously ready to rid themselves of any residual memories of the long winter, as 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.
Volunteers, who ranged from children and teens to elders, couples, and corporate groups, got busy with a variety of tasks, such as garden cleanup and planting, trail maintenance, litter pickup, and weed pulling.
The motto of Statewide Volunteer Day is “Work for Wildlife” and participants lived up to that slogan, putting up some impressive numbers, including:
- 605 yards of trails groomed
- 95 trash bags of trash and recyclables collected
- 80 flowers and shrubs planted
- 50 cubic yards of mulch spread
- 44 truckloads of invasive species pulled
- 29 gardens cleaned and prepped, including 1 butterfly garden and 1 water garden
- 13 truckloads of winter debris and brush removed
In addition, volunteers cleared turtle gardens to encourage nesting, removed dead trees, and spiffed up campsites.
“The great weather for the event—lots of sunny skies and comfortable temperatures—really encouraged a lot of winter-weary folks to get outdoors and help spruce up our wildlife sanctuaries,” said Mass Audubon Statewide Volunteer Program Coordinator Peggy Sagan. “But on a deeper level, these volunteers understand that working together in the outdoors is an inspiring way to create a larger community of people committed to supporting 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.