Summer Celebration, Duck Derby Highlight Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in August
Michael P. O'Connor
DARTMOUTH—Mass Audubon’s Duck Derby fundraiser at Allens Pond has long been an eagerly anticipated event each August and now the popular wildlife sanctuary on Buzzards Bay is doubling down on mid-month fun with its inaugural Summer Celebration, taking place Saturday, August 14.
The 18th annual Duck Derby takes place this year on the following Thursday, August 19.
Summer Celebration (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) is a free event full of fun activities for all ages. Enjoy a guided walk around the spectacular coastal property, and learn about the awesome animals (and the habitats they depend upon) that Mass Audubon helps to protect.
Scheduled family-oriented activities include Make-and-Take Nature Confetti Craft and Wildlife Biofacts (learn about shorebirds, ospreys, turtles, and more).
Attendees will also be able to bid on silent-auction packages donated by local retailers, and enter ducks into the Derby. Box lunches from The Bayside Restaurant and iced coffee from Coastal Roasters also will be available for purchase.
For this year’s Derby—deadline to purchase ducks is Wednesday, August 18, 5 p.m.—the first five little yellow racers to finish win Grand Prizes, with one of them earning a $5,000 cash prize for its backers. A number of fantastic runner-up prizes will also be awarded.
Ducks can be purchased for $10 each, but in honor of this being Mass Audubon’s 125th Anniversary as well as the 18th Derby, Derby fans can purchase 18 ducks for 125 bucks. A mere seven bucks per duck!
While Summer Celebration is free to all, Mass Audubon encourages attendees to support its work by entering ducks in the Derby and bidding on silent auction items. All funds raised through Duck Derby and the silent auction support the conservation organization’s education, conservation, and outreach work.
Mass Audubon is grateful for the generosity of this year’s Duck Derby sponsors.
Our Grand Prize sponsors are The Bayside Restaurant, Sylvan Nursery, BayCoast Bank, Fiber Optic Center/Whaling City Sound; Supporter sponsors include Milbury and Company, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., My Generation Energy, and Robert B. Feingold & Associates, P.C.
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.