Check here for the latest news from Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries around the state.
Cape Cod and Islands
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?
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!
At Broad Meadow Brook, there is a lot we can do while working remotely. But we can't host field trips, public programs, or special events—and donations to offset these losses are urgently needed.
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.
Connecticut River Valley
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.
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.
BNC's Willow Tree Youth Leaders recently presented their impactful project to reduce single-use plastic within schools! Their two-year effort was part of the Youth Leaders for Climate Justice (YLCJ) program led by Drumlin Farm.
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.
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.
South of Boston
Over the next few months, you'll notice a lot of activity in Daniel Webster's fields including soil augmentation, plowing, and reseeding. It's part of a crucial effort to restore important grassland habitat that's deteriorated over the years.