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 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.