Yankee Magazine Honors Arcadia as Top Birding Destination
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN—Mass Audubon’s Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the heart of the Connecticut River Valley, has long been a birders paradise.
That reputation is sure to truly take off now that Yankee magazine has honored Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in its May-June issue as “Best Birdwatching” destination in Massachusetts. In fact, the Mass Audubon sanctuary and nature center located 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.
The magazine citation reads in part: With its diverse terrain, a mix of wetlands, meadow, and woodlands at the oxbow of the Connecticut River, Arcadia’s rich environment supports dozens of bird species.
Spreading across more than 700 acres in Easthampton and Northampton along the western bank of the oxbow, the wildlife sanctuary offers visitors a range of landscapes and habitats attractive to birds, from marshes and meadows to grasslands and forest.
The sanctuary is home to a great blue heron rookery, and bald eagles have been known to nest there, as the once-endangered national symbol continues its inspiring rebound.
Jonah Keane, Mass Audubon’s Sanctuary Director for its Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries, couldn’t be more pleased about the diversity of birdlife the property attracts.
“Arcadia’s natural diversity combined with our active management of important grasslands and shrublands provide habitat for a wide range of bird species,” said Keane. “We are thrilled to have our birding hotspot recognized by Yankee magazine as a regional gem.”
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.