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 protects 36,500 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—a 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 125,000 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 massaudubon.org.