Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary’s nature preschool and its director, Jill Canelli, have been honored with a Secretary’s Award for Excellence, which recognizes schools and teachers from throughout Massachusetts for their outstanding efforts to improve energy and environmental education. The awards are presented by the office of State Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew A. Beaton.
Mass Audubon had added 15 and a half acres to its Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, thanks to a generous and far-sighted gift of land by journalist and novelist Ruth Bass. Pleasant Valley encompasses more than a thousand acres of forest and wetland rising to Yokun Ridge, and the new parcel will enhance the wildlife sanctuary’s connections to Richmond while affording fine views of the Taconic Range to the west.
Mass Audubon has partnered with the City of Northampton and local landowners to protect more than 50 acres of valuable open space that will connect the conservation organization’s Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary and the Rocky Hill Greenway. The land is situated on the wildlife sanctuary’s western boundary and just south of the Greenway, a collaboration between the City and Mass Audubon, the state's largest nature conservation nonprofit.
Mass Audubon’s annual Bird-a-thon fundraiser will take place Friday and Saturday, May 11-12, when teams of birders of all abilities will compete to identify the most species statewide over a 24-hour period. Upwards of 750 people are expected to participate in Bird-a-thon, the biggest single fundraising event of the year for the state’s largest nature conservation nonprofit.
Mass Audubon is helping put “the spring” back in everyone’s step with an invitation to participate in its 12th annual Statewide Volunteer Day on Saturday, April 28. Families and individuals, students, community-service groups, and others can choose from 17 of the conservation organization’s statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries and help get them ready for another busy visitation season.
Mass Audubon has recently protected 5.4 acres of land adjacent to its Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary that will further enhance ecological and recreational values in Princeton and the surrounding region. While modest in size, the parcel connects to the 136-acre Four Corners Conservation Area and to several hundred acres of conserved land within the Ware River Watershed as well as north over to the Wachusett Mountain State Reservation.
Mass Audubon has worked with local landowners, the Housatonic River Natural Resource Damages Fund, and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to add almost 120 acres to the wildlife sanctuary in Sheffield, which will now total more than 360 acres.
The Hemenway + Hall Wildlife Conservation Award recognizes an individual for success in the preservation, enhancement, and restoration of a New England species and/or their habitat, as well as an enthusiasm for sharing information about their efforts and a commitment to inspiring future generations of conservation professionals. The awardee is Carolyn Mostello, a coastal waterbird specialist for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (Mass Wildlife) who has devoted her career to restoring populations of federally endangered roseate terns and other island nesting species in Buzzards Bay.
Mass Audubon’s Birders Meeting, the largest conference of its kind in New England, returns to the UMass Boston campus Sunday, March 11, when hundreds of birding enthusiasts will gather to hear the latest avian news from experts, learn more about specific species, and catch up with like-minded nature lovers they’ve met at previous Meetings.
Mass Audubon’s new Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary, situated on a former Plymouth cranberry bog being restored to its original freshwater wetland habitat, is now open and welcoming all visitors from the community, throughout Southeast Massachusetts, and beyond. The 480-acre wildlife sanctuary offers three miles of trails that invite Mass Audubon members and the general public to discover a protected oasis located within one of the most development-intensive corners of the state.
LINCOLN, MA — Ms. G. saw her shadow at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln on February 2, Groundhog Day. As the official Groundhog of the Commonwealth, her body-language prognostication was clear: six more weeks of winter. The enthusiastic assemblage of mostly kids and parents (with a contingent of Groundhog Day buffs also on hand) seemed fine with the forecast, as they cheered Ms. G’s always accurate prediction, her 11th at Drumlin Farm.
State Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew A. Beaton will join the Groundhog Day celebration at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln Friday, Feb. 2, when Ms. G, the Official Groundhog of the Commonwealth, will make her annual prediction on the length of the remaining winter.