Explore—Summer 2018

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Cover of the Summer 2018 issue of "Explore" (Eastern Pondhawk, Erythemis simplicicollis © Kim Nagy)
Eastern Pondhawk © Kim Nagy

Celebrating a Century of Bird Protection

Mass Audubon's founding mothers didn’t just create a nonprofit organization—they began the movement that led to the passage of one of the strongest conservation laws in history.

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Hidden Gems: Mass Audubon’s Best-Kept Secrets

Did you know that we have dozens of unstaffed, less-frequented sanctuaries that welcome the public? We like to think of these sites as Mass Audubon’s “hidden gems,” and they are just waiting for you to experience their miles of trails, scenic waterways, and unparalleled beauty.

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An Ode to Odonates

Plentiful and easy to spot, the dragonflies and damselflies that make up the order Odonata are the largest insects you’re likely to see in Massachusetts. They come in a dazzling array of colors, and are a beautiful and fascinating part of our insect community.

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In Your Words: Melanie Gárate

As a native Chilean, Melanie Gárate's passion for the oceans and their critters began in the vibrant Pacific Ocean. Now, she works at Mass Audubon as a Coastal Waterbird Education Specialist and a teacher naturalist at BNC. 

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By the Numbers: Herons

With their long legs and sinuous necks, herons, egrets, and bitterns (all members of the Ardeidae family) make for a spectacular sight. But it wasn’t always so easy to see them.

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Young Explorers: Water, Water Everywhere

When you go swimming in a pond, lake, or ocean, you might be moving around in some of the very same water molecules that a dinosaur slogged through millions of years ago!

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Web Exclusive: Learn how to experiment with the water cycle at home.