Regional News

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

Boston

BNC's Net Zero Event Ribbon Cutting

Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary

Five months ago, Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center (BNC) in Mattapan broke ground on an ambitious project to become carbon neutral by 2022. So, it is especially fitting that on Earth Day Friday, April 22, members of the BNC community, supporters, civic leaders, and Mass Audubon staff gathered at the 67-acre wildlife sanctuary for a ribbon-cutting to officially announce it has achieved net-zero energy status.

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Cape Cod

Celebrating Horseshoe Crabs at Wellfleet Bay

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event June 17 & June 18

International Horseshoe Crab Day is coming up! To mark the occasion, Wellfleet Bay is planning programs for all ages to focus on the Cape's horseshoe crabs, how they live their lives, the serious challenges they face, and what's being done to protect these intriguing and ancient animals.

Three children watching trail volunteers working at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Sesachacha Heathlands Wildlife Sanctuary

Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard staff combined forces in 2021 and the connection made Mass Audubon's work more effective and more impactful. It was an undeniably difficult year, but we persevered and can be proud of our accomplishments this year.

Felix Neck Campers and Counselor

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

At Felix Neck’s Fern & Feather Day Camp in Edgartown, campers ages 5–14 have fun and make friends as they explore the nature of Martha's Vineyard at our 350-acre wildlife sanctuary. Registration for summer 2022 opens on January 31!

Three children watching trail volunteers working at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Lost Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard staff combined forces in 2021 and the connection made Mass Audubon's work more effective and more impactful. It was an undeniably difficult year, but we persevered and can be proud of our accomplishments this year.

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Central

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Islands

Chocolate desserts in jars

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event July 19, 2022

Help us celebrate how delicious climate action can be and join us under the stars surrounded by the Island’s natural beauty for a very special evening. Along with a dinner of exquisite plant-based sustainably sourced foods and libations there will be silent and live auctions and lively conversation.

Cover of Bicycling with Butterflies by Sara Dykman

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Everyone loves butterflies. They are beautiful, reflecting every color in the spectrum. A key part of the ecosystem, they serve as pollinators for many flowering plants. Unlike many other insects, butterflies are harmless to people because they don’t bite or sting. And most of all, they are inspirational, a muse to poets, artists, and scientists through the ages.

Three operators riding a marshmaster through tall grass

Lost Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Towering over other vegetation at 20 feet tall and dominating the entire shoreline of Hummock Pond, Phragmites Australis, or the common reed is one of the most aggressive and ecologically damaging invasive species found on Nantucket.

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Metro South

Fresh vegetables in baskets at Moose Hill

Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way to create a personal connection to your local farm and farmers. You will not only know where your food is grown and learn how it’s grown, but you’ll be able to taste the difference!

MABA camper practicing field sketches in the meadow

Museum of American Bird Art

At Wild at Art Nature Camp in Canton, campers ages 4.5–14 have fun as naturalists, teaching artists, and trained counselors lead them in outdoor explorations and creative art projects. Registration is now open!

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Metro West

Three campers in mud boots climbing a rock in the sunshine at Broadmoor Nature Camp

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

At our summer day camp in Natick, kids ages 4–17 explore, have fun, and make friends while creating lifelong memories through guided outdoor explorations, games, hands-on activities, and crafts. Registration is now open for summer 2022!

Green-, blue-, and yellow-hued abstract painting by artist Brenda Cirioni

Habitat Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary

On display June 1-30 • Artist Reception Sunday June 5, 2:00-4:00pm
Mass Audubon Habitat Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary Gallery presents our June show, “Nature Inspired” featuring energetic, life-affirming, abstract paintings by Brenda Cirioni.

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North Shore

Ipswich River Nature Campers walking on the boardwalk in summer (by Scott Santino/Mass Audubon)

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

At our summer day camp, campers ages 5–14 have a unique opportunity to learn about nature, meet new friends, and have fun outside at locations in Topsfield and Marblehead. Registration is open for summer 2022!

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South East

Baby Diamondback Terrapin in hand

Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

In the summer of 2021, we conducted pilot studies at both Allens Pond and Great Neck wildlife sanctuaries on the South Coast. The results we found will help inform future land management decisions as we work to enhance turtle nesting habitats at these two properties. 

Volunteers digging in new garden beds at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

There's a brand-new pollinator garden at Tidmarsh! Designed to span all seasons, this garden provides a variety of flowers to support local pollinators in their search for nectar and pollen.

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West

Stage view at Arcadia Folk Festival 2018 © Julian Parker-Burns

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event September 17, 2022

Arcadia Folk Festival enters its fourth year! Enjoy a day of family-friendly activities and performances by an exciting lineup of musical groups. Presented by Mass Audubon and Signature Sounds. Tickets on sale now.

Eastern Meadowlark © Meredith Broberg

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Canary in the Coal Mine is a show conceived by Massachusetts-based studio Zea Mays Printmaking to promote awareness of the vast number of avian species that face eradication due to climate change.

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