Explore—Spring 2022

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Explore Spring 2022 - River Otter (c) Ian Barton
North American River Otter © Ian Barton

A Message from Our President

As much as I love winter and all the outdoor adventures it brings— from snowshoeing to brisk bird walks—by the end, I long for the arrival of spring. It’s a time of renewal and reawakening.

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The Power of Soil

While industrial agriculture has historically focused on maximizing yields, sustainable farmers follow a different mantra: “Feed the soil, not the plant.” By fostering the natural ecosystem within soil, farmers can minimize erosion, runoff, and soil degradation, all of which are made worse by the rise of extreme weather events linked to climate change. 

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Go With the Flow

For thousands of years, flowing water has carved through the New England landscape, creating waterfalls, brooks, streams, and rivers. Each spring, Massachusetts residents are given the unique opportunity to see these water features come to life across the state. 

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Old Building Becomes New Nature Center

Located along the Charles River in Cambridge, Magazine Beach Park has long been a haven for city residents seeking the outdoors close to home. Thanks to a partnership between Mass Audubon and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Mass Audubon will bring nature education programming to this urban greenspace.  

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Become a Mass Audubon Climate Champion

Climate change has been an urgent concern for decades, but with the increase in devastating natural disasters, a rise in food insecurity, and a decrease in biodiversity across the globe, more people are joining the fight to protect the earth. With the Climate Champions program, Mass Audubon is building a network of new and experienced changemakers. Participants in the Champions program will gain the knowledge, skills, inspiration, and connections needed to make change, together.

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In Your Words: Ollie 

As a 15-year-old climate activist, people often ask me at what age I first got involved and started working with Mass Audubon. While I officially became a member when I was 11, I have been involved in this work for my whole life.
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By the Numbers: Spadefoot Toads

The Eastern Spadefoot Toad, named for a small, shovel-shaped projection on the inside of each of its rear feet, was once widespread in coastal parts of Massachusetts. 

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Young Explorers: Flying Jewels

This spring and summer you might see a small, bright blur zipping from flower to flower. Don’t be alarmed! These are our hummingbird friends.

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