Regional News

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South East News

Baby Diamondback Terrapin in hand

Allens Pond 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. 

Duck Derby 2021 winning ducks lined up in finish order

Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

What a fantastic 18th year for the Duck Derby and an amazing way to celebrate Mass Audubon's 125th anniversary! See the official list of the winners, and thank you to everyone who participated.

Duck Derby 2019 Grand Prize winner Maureen Jones in Savannah, GA, with her family

Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

In August 2019, longtime Dartmouth resident Maureen Jones received a call informing her that her duck had just won her the Duck Derby grand prize. "I was floored!" she said. "I enter the Duck Derby every year, but I always just buy one duck for $10."

Piping Plovers engaged in courtship behavior on a beach (by Derek Garvey/Mass Audubon)

Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

Each year, coastal waterbirds such as Piping Plovers, Least Terns, and American Oystercatchers return to their summer homes on the Massachusetts shoreline. And each year, our Coastal Waterbird Program (CWP) team works to protect the habitats that are crucial to the continued recovery of these threatened birds.

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. 

Program participants at Duxbury Beach

North River Wildlife Sanctuary

We had a wonderful summer celebrating and learning about the amazing local resource we call Duxbury Beach. Program participants continue to inspire us every year with their dedication to understanding and helping Mass Audubon in its mission to protect the nature of Massachusetts.

Piping Plovers engaged in courtship behavior on a beach (by Derek Garvey/Mass Audubon)

North River Wildlife Sanctuary

Each year, coastal waterbirds such as Piping Plovers, Least Terns, and American Oystercatchers return to their summer homes on the Massachusetts shoreline. And each year, our Coastal Waterbird Program (CWP) team works to protect the habitats that are crucial to the continued recovery of these threatened birds.

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.

Volunteers counting herring from a bridge over the stream at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Throughout April and May, some 50 dedicated volunteers made their way to Tidmarsh every week—some multiple times a week—to count migrating river herring as part of a statewide effort to track their population. 

All Persons Trail construction progress at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Our property staff has been working hard on a 0.3-mile All Persons Trail that—once finished—will enable visitors of all abilities to pass through our meadow, access our overlook platform, and get close to our restored marsh areas. 

Removing dams to re-establish a free-flowing West Beaver Dam Brook at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Mass Audubon has partnered with the Town of Plymouth to restore the town-owned Foothills Preserve as well as the West Beaver Dam Brook. We're committed to restoring, enhancing, and improving the ecosystem and natural landscape at Tidmarsh to provide quality habitat for vulnerable species.

The new standing seam metal roof on Tidmarsh's main building

Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Things have been getting greener at Tidmarsh! In addition to restoring the West Branch of Beaver Dam Brook, we've also been working to improve the sanctuary's offices by adding some additional "green" features—including a brand-new roof.

Counselor and camper using a field guide at North River

Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

We're thrilled to announce that Tidmarsh has received a grant award from the Middleborough Cultural Council to support a new program series aimed at removing barriers that can prevent families from participating in nature-based experiences.