Educators from the Falmouth, Boston, and Agawam school systems have been named 2021 Conservation Teachers of the Year by Mass Audubon, the state’s largest nature conservation organization.
They are Christine Brothers, a Falmouth High School teacher; Georgette Copeland, who teaches kindergarten and first grade at the James J. Chittick Elementary School in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood; and Tammy Rumplik, a teacher at the James Clark and Clifford Granger elementary schools in Agawam.
With Governor Baker’s signature on the climate Roadmap bill today, Massachusetts becomes one of a handful of jurisdictions in the world to place legal limits on climate pollution at levels consistent with the best climate science.Through the passage of this landmark bill, An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy, the state commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% below 1990 levels by 2030, 75% by 2040, and at least 85% by 2050.
Mass Audubon has worked with the Town of Marshfield to acquire and keep from development 13 forested acres adjacent to the North River Wildlife Sanctuary in that South Shore community. Protecting the land enlarges an expanse of unfragmented open space in North Marshfield, an area of town near the North River that has long attracted developer interest.
Mass Audubon is one of 20 nonprofits designated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) to be eligible for the second round of funding through its Universal Participation (UP) initiative, which focuses on supporting organizations as they become more accessible and inclusive.
Mass Audubon applauds Massachusetts for joining Vermont, Maryland, and Connecticut as the only states in the U.S. to place restrictions on consumer uses of neonicotinoid pesticides (known as neonics). Neonics are not only harmful to people, but they harm pollinators such as bees, butterflies, birds, and bats.
Thanks to the generosity and vision of a longtime local family, the Museum of American Bird Art (MABA) is larger by nearly three acres and can offer greater protection for Pequit Brook, which flows through the wildlife sanctuary as an important part of the greater Neponset River Watershed.
Mass Audubon has been awarded a $45,580 grant from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management to support the creation of new curriculum that challenges students in navigating climate solutions through the use of multimedia lesson plans.
Mass Audubon’s goal to secure 67 acres of field and forest at Patten Hill in Shelburne has been realized, as the state’s largest nature conservation organization and the land’s longtime owners signed final documents Tuesday, February 16.
Make the most of Mass Audubon’s “Winter Recess,” which is offering programs and activities beginning Saturday, February 13 and running through the end of the month that invite children and families to enjoy the outdoors in winter.
There’s a full range of fun and engaging opportunities to check out, from Vacation Week options at Mass Audubon’s statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries to at-home and online programs and “Nature Play Days,” all of which encourage families to connect with the natural world during the colder months.
Mass Audubon is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Manion to be Vice President of Policy and Advocacy. Manion’s position was elevated to the Vice President level, signaling Mass Audubon’s commitment to support robust climate action, and land and wildlife protection as a priority environmental policy in town halls, on Beacon Hill, and in the nation’s capital.
The Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) has awarded Mass Audubon a $30,000 grant to restore wetland and floodplain forest vegetation along near a half-mile of West Beaver Dam Brook at its Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth. The award from MET, a grant program of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs whose mission is to support projects that enable innovative approaches to protect and restore natural resources, represents crucial funding for the project.
Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center celebrates the season each year by sponsoring the Superbowl of Birding, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s competition, has been modified in scope, with resultant rules changes. The 2021 event, taking place 5 am to 5 pm Saturday, January 30, thus has been dubbed the ”Semi-Superbowl of Birding.”
Mass Audubon is disappointed by Governor Charlie Baker's veto of the state legislature's climate bill, An Act creating a next-generation roadmap for Massachusetts climate policy, and urges immediate action.
Cape Cod’s annual cold-stunned sea turtle phenomenon and the people and organizations that respond are featured in a new television nature series for BBC and Discovery, A Perfect Planet, a five-part series hosted by Sir David Attenborough premiering in the U.S. and around the world this month.
The sea turtle rescue program, which focuses on the extraordinary efforts by Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, the New England Aquarium, and other partners, is featured in the final episode of the series, “Humans,” premiering Sunday, January 24.