Annual Statewide Volunteer Day Set For Saturday, April 30
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—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. This annual spring cleanup event brings together individuals, family, and groups committed to helping the organization’s wildlife sanctuaries get ready to welcome the hundreds of thousands of people who visit them each year.
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. Some activities may feature a “100” theme, since Mass Audubon, which opened its first wildlife sanctuary in 1916, is celebrating “100 Years of Sanctuaries” this year.
The projects are planned to accommodate a range of ages and abilities. Many are of the “low-exertion, sprucing up” variety, suitable for families with children. This year’s to-do lists include (depending on the sanctuary) removing invasive species; preparing garden beds to attract a variety of visitors, from birds and butterflies to people; cleaning nature play areas; restoring habitats; maintaining trails; and improving entrance areas.
Last spring’s event showed what working together—and in large numbers—could accomplish. Here’s just a sampling:
- 605 yards of trails groomed
- 95 trash bags of trash and recyclables collected
- 50 cubic yards of mulch spread
- 44 truckloads of invasive plants (bittersweet, multiflora rose, buckthorn) pulled
- 29 gardens cleaned and prepped
- 24 cubic yards of wood chips spread on trails
- 13 truckloads of winter debris and brush removed
“After a season of so many weather ups and downs, the people who love our wildlife sanctuaries—and love caring for them—are eager for Statewide Volunteer Day. It’s a dependable and satisfying rite of spring,” said Peggy Sagan, Coordinator of Mass Audubon’s Statewide Volunteer Programs. “We are again expecting an excellent turnout, as we prepare our properties for another season of discovery and enjoyment.”
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.