Annual Statewide Volunteer Day Set for Saturday, April 29
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon is again expecting to attract hundreds of members and supporters to its annual Statewide Volunteer Day. This year’s event takes place Saturday morning, April 29, at 15 of the conservation organization’s wildlife sanctuaries from the Cape and Islands to the Berkshires.
What has become a yearly “spring cleaning” tradition invites people of all ages to participate in environment-focused work parties guaranteed to inspire and help people connect with nature in multiple ways.
Depending on the wildlife sanctuary, tasks run the gamut from trail work, invasive-species removal, and light landscaping to woodchip spreading, garden preparation, and nature-play area cleanups. The projects range from the child- and family-friendly to more invigorating.
Light snacks will be provided.
The work parties will be wrap up by noon, so participants are encouraged to bring lunches, enjoy some down time, and then explore the array of natural amenities the sanctuaries have to offer.
While Statewide Volunteer Day is designed as a fun way to form a community with a common cause, it has a serious side as well: that of helping our wildlife sanctuaries protect the thousands of acres of sensitive habitats under their stewardship.
The 2016 event showed what can result when enthusiastic volunteers, teamwork, and a worthy goal combine on a weekend morning in spring. Here’s just a sampling:
- 20 truckloads of invasive plants removed
- 30 large bags of trash collected
- Nearly 2000 feet of trails groomed
- 245 yards of wood chips spread
- 120 plants and shrubs planted
“After seeing snow in many parts of the state as April began, we are expecting an especially energetic turnout of ‘spring cleaners’ at our wildlife sanctuaries on the 29th,” said Peggy Sagan, Coordinator of Mass Audubon’s Statewide Volunteer Programs. “With the warm-weather months soon upon us, Statewide Volunteer Day participants will again play a pivotal role in ensuring our sanctuaries are ready for another busy visitation season.”
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.