Hundreds Lend a Hand at Annual Statewide Volunteer Day
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon’s annual Statewide Volunteer Day again inspired hundreds of people of all ages and backgrounds across the Commonwealth to pitch in, pick up, and toss out—all to benefit the regional conservation organization’s wildlife sanctuaries situated from the Cape and Islands to the Berkshires.
More than 750 volunteers showed up Saturday, April 29 at 16 wildlife sanctuaries to help prepare them for the busy visitation season ahead. Throughout the morning, families with children, scout troops, college groups, and seniors did chores and joined work details, checking off one to-do list after another.
The results were substantial, again proving the adage that many hands make for light work. These numbers help tell the Volunteer Day tale:
- 8 truckloads of invasive plants removed
- 53 trees planted
- More than 1,000 yards of trails groomed
- 21 campsites cleared of winter debris
- A new 165-foot trail created
- 30 stumps removed
- 11 gardens readied for spring
- 20 bags of trash and recyclables collected
Post-cleanup “appreciation activities” at the sanctuaries ranged from pizza parties and cookouts to up-close wildlife encounters.
“A terrific turnout for this important and fun event has again helped guarantee that our wildlife sanctuaries will be ship-shape in time for the hundreds of thousands of visitors we welcome to our properties each year,” Mass Audubon Statewide Volunteer Program Coordinator Peggy Sagan said. “We continue to be grateful for and humbled by the commitment of our volunteers, without whom we truly could not meet our mission to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife.”
Participants in Statewide Volunteer Day 2017 are already encouraging other Mass Audubon members, friends, and families to join them next April. In the meantime, be sure to check out Mass Audubon's array of volunteer opportunities, all of which encourage people to connect with nature.
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.