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

Educator Spring Beckhorn records a video on the beach

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Before COVID-19, Wellfleet Bay's educators were in schools from Harwich to Provincetown on a daily basis. Now their focus in on providing teachers with the content and support they need most. But how do you deliver in-the-field experiences through a 2-D screen?

Image collage from cover of Felix Neck's "Summer Experiences 2020" brochure

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary is still providing outdoor nature explorations for children, families, and adults this summer. In addition to our open trails, we're excited to offer outdoor versions of all your favorite programs for your family or Quaran-team!

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Central Massachusetts

Wachusett Meadow's flock of sheep running down a hill

Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary

Since it wasn't possible to host our annual Sheep & Wool Festival this year due to COVID-19, we wanted to bring the festival experience to you—virtually! Get to know the sanctuary's resident sheep, learn all about shearing, connect with our wonderful vendors, and find out how you can help support the sanctuary's flock.

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Connecticut River Valley

Eastern Meadowlark at Arcadia © Beth Finney

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

On eBird, Arcadia and Quabbin Park are tied for most bird species seen over the years in all of central and western Massachusetts—241 species. Of the 100 eBird hotspots in Hampshire County, Arcadia is one of only six locations that have more than 200 species observed. 

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Greater Boston

Blue Hills Trailside Museum COVID-19 sanctuary safety guidelines

Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Great news! After careful analysis and discussions with local officials, we have determined that we can safely re-open our outdoor animal exhibits to visitors on weekends only (Saturday-Sunday, 10 am-2 pm). Visitors must reserve a timed ticket for entry.

A tree that's been "girdled" by a beaver

Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Recently, a casual tally along the shore of Stony Brook Pond found more than 90 trees and shrubs bearing dramatic evidence of beaver activity within the last several months. Of course, it helps to know why the beavers are wreaking all this havoc in the first place.

Nathan Feinfeld with MABA Property Manager Owen Cunningham

Museum of American Bird Art

Our sincere gratitude to Nathan Feinfeld for helping with a bird conservation project in preparation for his Bar Mitzvah. Thanks to his hard work, three new Screech Owl boxes and one new Barred Owl box were installed on MABA's property.

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North Shore

Cammy with a salamander at Ipswich River preschool

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

While schools are closed due to COVID-19, Ipswich River's early childhood educators are finding ways to connect with their preschool students (and families) by using familiar routines and focusing on the learning and comfort that can be found outdoors. 

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South of Boston

Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in early fall © Jesse Ferreira

Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

The South Coast Sanctuaries team is very excited by the privilege of adding the grounds of the Sacred Heart Retreat Center to our Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary. It is an incredibly important parcel and a huge conservation success story.

Aerial view of Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in 2018

Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Mass Audubon has partnered with the town of Plymouth to restore the West Beaver Dam Brook at Tidmarsh. While most of the trails will remain open, both the parking lot and Entrance Trail are closed until construction is completed.

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