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 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.