Mass Audubon is working to enhance the ecological vitality of its popular Rutland Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Petersham by acquiring 84 acres of high-priority forest and wetlands abutting the wildlife sanctuary. The respected statewide conservation organization needs to raise $270,000 by March 2017.
Mass Audubon is thanking the men and women who’ve served their country in the military this Veterans Day, November 11, by offering them and their families free admission to its wildlife sanctuaries across the Commonwealth.
Mass Audubon will hold its 2016 Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 10 at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester to review accomplishments, announce initiatives—and honor individuals and organizations who model the same commitment to the environment as the state’s largest nature conservation organization. Guest speakerwill be Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Mass Audubon, the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center, and the Natural Capital Project recently received a $560,636 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop information on the human benefits provided by the Narragansett Bay watershed. This three-year project will determine the economic value of these “ecosystem services” received from conserved land and clean water.
Mass Audubon’s annual statewide photo competition, Picture This: Your Great Outdoors, ends Friday, September 30—so shutterbugs of all abilities are reminded to get their best images in by the end of the month. The popular Picture This: contest annually attract thousands of entries from hundreds of photographers of all abilities, ages, and backgrounds.
Mass Audubon’s Berkshires Sanctuaries will be working to improve habitat this fall for bobolink and other grassland birds in a field at its Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Pittsfield. Two fields will be connected to create 60 acres of unbroken grassland by removing a hedgerow of pine trees and invasive species.
Mass Audubon has been chosen to develop guidelines to assist like-minded organizations nationwide in building accessible pathways. The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) selected Mass Audubon to undertake its All Persons Trails Guidelines Project, and funded a detailed “how-to” manual and support materials.
Mass Audubon is again partnering with Blue Star Families to offer military families free admission through Labor Day to the conservation organization’s wildlife sanctuaries. The policy includes all active-duty personnel and their families, up to five people.
Mass Audubon is partnering with car sharing network Zipcar to encourage Massachusetts residents to explore wildlife sanctuaries across the state. The partnership is designed to provide more sustainable transportation options for people who do not own a vehicle, but who want to visit Mass Audubon sanctuaries located outside of the MBTA and commuter rail networks.
Mass Audubon and the Princeton Land Trust, in collaboration with the Town of Princeton, the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the City of Worcester, today permanently protected more than 170 acres of Fieldstone Farm, a beautiful and historic community gem that features working fields and stone walls, woodlands and wetlands. Another 60 acres—the agricultural core of the farm—was acquired for future protection and conveyance to a local farmer.
For the third year in a row, Mass Audubon has been awarded the coveted 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent and most influential charity evaluator. Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher recognized the “exceptional designation,” and praised Mass Audubon “for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.”
Mass Audubon’s annual Picture This: Your Great Outdoors Photo Contest is now underway, with hundreds of participants expected to submit images of the Bay State’s natural beauty and wildlife diversity before the competition ends September 30. Each year, the competitionattracts shutterbugs of all abilities, ages and backgrounds, who are encouraged to fan out across the state (and Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp in Rindge, NH) to take their best shots of birds and other animals, friends and family members enjoying the outdoors, and more.
Mass Audubon's Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary is inviting the greater Worcester community to join in celebrating its 25th birthday on the afternoon of Saturday, June 18. A highlight of the event will be the formal dedication of the Barbara Elliott Fargo Education Center, named for the longtime sanctuary friend, who will be an honored guest.
Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary has earned LEED® Gold certification for its Farm Life Center, which leverages state-of-the art green design features to enhance the popular wildlife sanctuary’s nature-based education and programming objectives. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program, administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the top third-party verification system for sustainable structures worldwide.
Mass Audubon’s 10th-annual Statewide Volunteer Day drew nearly 600 supporters eager to help prepare the conservation organization’s wildlife sanctuaries for the busy visitation season ahead. Participants of all ages and backgrounds turned out Saturday, April 30, at 14 Mass Audubon sanctuaries, from the Cape and Islands to the Berkshires.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/New England Region has honored Mass Audubon and the New England Aquarium with an Environmental Merit Award for their partnership to rescue, rehabilitate, and release endangered sea turtles. The Merit Awards are presented annually to individuals, conservation organizations, community groups, academia, government agencies, and businesses that through specific initiatives exemplify environmental stewardship.
Mass Audubon’s largest fundraising event, Bird-a-thon, will place Friday and Saturday, May 13-14, when teams of birders will be fanning out across the state in a fun and friendly competition to identify the most species during a 24-hour period. Over more than three decades (beginning in 1983), thousands of team members and supporters have raised more than $2 million for Mass Audubon, its sanctuaries, and its programs across the Commonwealth.
Mass Audubon will be recognized for its accessible trails expertise by the office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew A. Beaton on Monday, May 2, at the Massachusetts State House in Boston. The respected conservation organization will receive a Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education for its All Persons Trails Guidelines Project.
Mass Audubon’s Statewide Volunteer Day marks its 10th anniversary this year with an opportunity to break the 2015 record turnout of more than 800 volunteers. The morning of volunteer projects will take place Saturday, April 30 at 14 Mass Audubon sanctuaries, from the Cape and Islands to the Berkshires, the North Shore, and the South Coast.
Mass Audubon will commemorate the 1916 creation of its first wildlife sanctuary with an April 9 celebration to take place across its statewide network of sanctuaries. The Sanctuaries 100th event will feature guided nature walks and other free family-friendly activities.
The Bobolink Project is back, refreshed, refocused—and expanded—with its collaborative and economically innovative strategy to restore fading populations of the once-familiar birds of hayfields and meadows. As earlier grant funding ended, Mass Audubon joined forces with Audubon Vermont and Audubon Connecticut and took on administrative and oversight responsibilities.
Mass Audubon has named Mary Griffin, former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game and a longtime official with the state environmental agencies, as its Regional Director for the Southeast, Cape & Islands. The region encompasses wildlife sanctuaries from the South Shore and Cape Cod to Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and Buzzards Bay.
Mass Audubon's 24th annual Birders Meeting will take place Sunday, March 13 at UMass Boston. This year’s conference focuses on seabirds, their characteristics and behaviors, the 21st-century challenges they face, and some of the factors that influence their distribution and ecology, including right here in New England.
Mass Audubon, Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), and the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance have each received a grant from the Foundation for MetroWest to assist local communities with land and water management options that benefit the environment, economy, and community quality-of-life.
Mass Audubon has appointed David Moon as the new director of its Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport. Moon succeeds Bill Gette, who is retiring after 20 years with the respected conservation organization.
Mass Audubon has restored a swath of saltmarsh—including an almost total eradication of invasive common reed—at Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley. Rough Meadows is a 230-acre wildlife sanctuary comprised of lands owned by Mass Audubon and Essex County Greenbelt Association, which jointly manage the property.