Mass Audubon’s Annual Volunteer Day a Statewide Success
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—Sunny skies and temperatures perfect for spring cleaning marked Mass Audubon’s 10th-annual Statewide Volunteer Day, which drew hundreds of participants eager to help prepare the conservation organization’s wildlife sanctuaries for the busy visitation season ahead.
Nearly 600 supporters of all ages and backgrounds turned out Saturday, April 30 at 14 Mass Audubon sanctuaries, from the Cape and Islands to the Berkshires. They spent the morning engaged in an array of work details, low-exertion projects ideal for families, and checking off to-do lists. The results were once again impressive. Here’s just a sampling of good deeds done:
- Pulled 20 truckloads of invasive plants (such as Asian bittersweet and multiflora rose)
- Collected 30 large bags of trash
- Groomed nearly 2000 feet of trails
- Spread 245 yards of wood chips
- Planted 120 plants and shrubs
Post-cleanup activities at sanctuaries ranged from barbecues and pizza parties to kids activities—and even an owl demonstration.
“This event continues to inspire and energize our members and friends, who each spring do such a terrific job of preparing our sanctuaries for the busy warm-weather months,” said Mass Audubon Statewide Volunteer Program Coordinator Peggy Sagan. “To these wonderful volunteers, we say ‘Thank you!’ You helped us accomplish in one morning many tasks that would have taken weeks (if not months) to complete.”
Statewide Volunteer Day is an annual spring event, and this year’s participants are already encouraging other Mass Audubon members, friends, and families to join them next April. In the meantime, be sure to check out our current volunteer opportunities.
Mass Audubon protects more than 38,000 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's 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 135,000 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 www.massaudubon.org.