In Wake of COVID-19, Mass Audubon Takes Cost-Cutting Measures, Including Furloughs

Release Date:
April 14, 2020

LINCOLN, MA.—Mass Audubon, like every public and private institution in Massachusetts and across the country, is confronting enormous challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Since mid-March, our offices and wildlife sanctuaries have been closed and all programs cancelled for the safety of staff and visitors. These actions, while necessary, have led to a substantial loss of income.

Despite implementing many cost-saving initiatives, we have come to the distressing realization that further measures must be taken including furloughing a number of employees and reducing the salaries of remaining staff based on salary levels. All furloughed employees who have health plan coverage through Mass Audubon will continue to receive their current full benefits.

“Mass Audubon’s staff are the very lifeblood of this organization,” Mass Audubon President Gary Clayton said. “I am deeply sorry and very saddened that this is necessary and recognize the immense impact it will have on our extremely dedicated staff and the important work they accomplish.”

Mass Audubon remains just as committed to our statewide conservation work and we will carry on by transitioning to virtual learning for members and the public, safely protecting our wildlife sanctuaries, advocating for the environment at state and federal levels, and continuing to monitor vulnerable wildlife and the habitats they rely upon.

We are incredibly grateful to our members and partners for their continued support to help us get through these challenging times.

“In addressing these daunting financial realities now,” Clayton stressed, “Mass Audubon will emerge stronger and more resilient in our mission to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife.”


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