Annual Report


Cover of 2017 Annual Report


We have been talking a lot about nature heroes these days. Nature heroes are people who, in big and small ways, make a lasting, positive impact on the natural world. If you are reading this report, there is a good chance that you are a nature hero, and for that we thank you.

In the following pages, you will read about some of the highlights and heroes of the past year. As Massachusetts’ largest nature conservation nonprofit, we depend on the support of our members and many other partners to protect our state’s natural treasures for wildlife and for all people. Thank you for joining with us to make it all possible. You are our heroes.

But, of course, most of our work is forward-thinking and includes ambitious and exciting plans to connect people with nature and protect vital habitat in the age of climate change. We recognize that changing federal policies
represent new threats to the air, water, and land resources on which we all depend. Be assured that Mass Audubon’s commitment to its advocacy work—whether it be at the national, statewide, or local level—is stronger than ever. No matter what challenges we face, we won’t back down!

We also know that the well-being of the natural world depends on growing the next generation of conservation leaders. We are particularly proud of reaching hundreds of thousands of kids and young adults across the state this year. Seeing young campers experiencing nature, teens taking on leadership roles, interns expanding their knowledge, and enthusiastic college graduates embarking on their conservation careers provides great hope and heroes for the future!

Thank you for making our work possible. We are grateful for your support, enthusiasm, and commitment to our mission to protect the nature of Massachusetts. We look forward to working with you in the days ahead to ensure a bright future for people and wildlife.


Jared Chase         Gary Clayton
Chair, Board of Directors         President