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 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.