Mass Audubon, has been named a recipient of a 2019 Commonwealth Award by the Mass Cultural Council (MCC). The prestigious honors, presented every two years, are awarded to organizations or individuals exhibiting “exceptional achievement in the arts, humanities, and sciences.”
Sign on for some healthy outdoor activity and join hundreds of like-minded nature lovers during Mass Audubon’s 13th-annual Statewide Volunteer Day, Saturday, April 27. Mass Audubon is inviting individuals, families and friends, students and community groups, and others to help spruce up wildlife sanctuaries owned by the state’s largest nature conservation nonprofit.
Mass Audubon is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Purchase & Sale contract to acquire the 110-acre Sacred Hearts property at Widow’s Cove in Wareham, immediately abutting the conservation organization’s Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary.
The anticipated purchase will ensure the permanent protection of nearly 200 acres on Buzzards Bay, enhance the wildlife and habitat diversity at Great Neck, and enable the wildlife sanctuary to provide more expansive nature experiences for members and the broader public.
If Mass Audubon can raise $375,000 by June to purchase a property adjacent to its Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary in Attleboro, visitors to the popular nature center and trails network will discover a dramatically larger sanctuary that offers even greater opportunities to connect with nature.
Norma Dorrance, a longtime neighbor of Oak Knoll, desired to have her land become part of the wildlife sanctuary and before she passed away last July, signed a one-year option for Mass Audubon to purchase the 25-acre parcel for conservation.
Dr. David Wiley, Research Coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and an expert on seabirds and endangered whales, has been named the 2019 recipient of Mass Audubon’s Hemenway + Hall Wildlife Conservation Award. This honor, named for Mass Audubon founders Harriet Hemenway and Minna Hall, The award ceremony will take place during Mass Audubon’s 27th-annual Birders Meeting Sunday, March 3, at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
Mass Audubon’s annual Birders Meeting is migrating to Worcester for 2019, and will take place at the College of the Holy Cross's Hogan Campus Center on Sunday, March 3, from 8 am-4:30 pm. Now in its 27th year, the popular conference brings together hundreds of birders, conservationists, and other nature lovers for a full day of respected speakers and engaging presentations, as well as informal opportunities for attendees to share news, knowledge, and enthusiasm about bird life.
Mass Audubon has received the largest gift in its 123-year history, a 143-acre property in Concord, MA. where William Brewster, the organization’s first President, was inspired by the natural beauty of the area. The stunning property, situated on the federally designated Wild and Scenic Concord River, represents one of the most significant private conservation gifts in Massachusetts history.
Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln is set to host its annual Groundhog Day event on Saturday, February 2, with a new focus on climate science and weather. “Climate Action Day” will again feature Ms. G, the Official State Groundhog of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as she emerges from her winter hibernation and determines whether or not spring will come early this year.