Regional News

Check here for the latest news from Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries around the state.

Berkshires

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Cape Cod and Islands

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Volunteer Heather Pilchard rescues a Kemp’s ridley on Great Island
Volunteer Heather Pilchard rescuing a Kemp’s ridley on Great Island

The weather conditions that signal the start of stranding season arrived in November, and our volunteers began finding cold-stunned sea turtles. To date, more than 240 turtles have been rescued.

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Funnel web weaver spider © Myer Bornstein
Funnel web weaver spider © Myer Bornstein

The webs of funnel web weaver spiders might just be the very prettiest parlors of all, ready for a cricket, ant, or grasshopper to drop by for a visit. Gorgeous funnel-shaped webs—usually invisible—are now noticeable, glistening with dew in the damp mornings. 

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Central Massachusetts

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Connecticut River Valley

Winter Solstice Celebration at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event December 21, 2017

Join us for a free celebration of light on the shortest day of the year! Ward off the cold with the warmth of the bonfire, sip hot cider, and listen to music. Please bring a non-perishable item for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

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Greater Boston

Kids get up-close with a barred owl at Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event February 2-3, 2018

Come explore the wonders of owls with friends and family! Go on a full moon owl prowl, or join us for an up-close and personal view of some of our local owl species.

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

Blue Cranes in Namibia © Ken Behrens - Tropical Birding Tours
Blue Cranes in Namibia © Ken Behrens

Voyage from the deserts of the southwestern US to the coral reefs of Bali and more. Each themed night offers a location-based buffet dinner and presentation of images in an exotic location. Next program on December  14.

Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary

Eastern screech owl at Bird Hop 2017
© Martha Heath

Over 200 friends and supporters joined us on November 3 for a lively evening of great food, craft brews, trivia contest, raffle giveaways, music, and live bird demonstrations. This year's Bird Hop raised over $10,000 for BNC's programs and scholarship fund! 

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Boy watering a school garden

Ever try to get your kids to eat carrots? It’s not always easy. But for students in grades K–5 at Somerville public schools, eating carrots is part of the afterschool curriculum thanks to a partnership with Drumlin Farm.

Museum of American Bird Art

Front cover of Massachusetts Masterpieces
Cover image: Black-bellied Plover by Melvin G. Lawrence (1870-1932)

Many of the most important birds in the history of decoy-making were made in Massachusetts. In this new, lavishly produced art book, thirty-six never-before-published historical photographs are combined with important, new historical material. 

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North Shore

Former Sanctuary Director Bill Gette with winter birding group

Joppa Flats Education Center

Special Event January 27, 2018

Winter is a wonderful time to bird in northeastern Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire. In celebration of this season, Joppa Flats is hosting the Superbowl of Birding XIV on Saturday, January 28, 2017.

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South of Boston

North River Wildlife Sanctuary

NR gift shop interior

This month is an extra-special time to stop in and visit North River. Enjoy a relaxed shopping experience featuring unique handmade gifts created by local artisans, including exquisite woodturning pieces, original art, soy candles, and much more! Through December 20.

Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

View of restored valley at Tidmarsh

Congratulations—and many, many thanks—to all who helped Mass Audubon successfully complete the purchase of 450+/- acres of land in the Manomet section of Plymouth that will soon become our newest wildlife sanctuary—the Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary! 

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