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Sheep in fall at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event October 30, 2020

On Friday, October 30, admission to Drumlin Farm will be FREE for everyone courtesy of a generous grant from the Highland Street Foundation. Welcome to the farm! Reservations required.

News

Northern Cardinal male at a feeder in winter © Charlie Zap

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

We've gone digital this year! Choose from a wide variety of seed mixes and types that will attract birds to your feeders all winter. Order online by October 29; curbside pick-up is November 14 at the sanctuary.

Part of the team that helped improve the grasslands at Allens Pond

Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

Over the last few months, a dedicated team of Mass Audubon staff, contractors, and volunteers worked hard to complete the first phase of a habitat restoration and improvement project. The sanctuary's grassland loop has never looked better!

Allens Pond Virtual Duck Derby logo

Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

The first-ever Virtual Duck Derby was a fantastic success with 3,024 rubber ducks racing on the incoming tide at Barney's Joy. See the official list of the winners, and congratulations to all!

Janice Jorgensen

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Janice Jorgensen is a semi-retired Hadley resident, an aspiring birder, and a creative strategist who has helped Arcadia grow and thrive over the years. Now, she wants to spread the word to others age 70 1/2 and older about a little-known way of supporting charitable causes—Required Minimum Distributions (RMD).

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. 

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.

Visitor with sensory needs pets a cow at Drumlin Farm

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Families and children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other sensory needs can connect with nature, the farm, and each other in a sensory-friendly environment on October 26 and November 2!

Youth Leaders for Climate Justice sunburst logo

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

See the amazing work accomplished by the Youth Leaders for Climate Justice (YLCJ) as part of their 2019-2020 season! This video showcase is a culmination of the community action work led by these committed and relentless high school groups from the Boston and MetroWest areas. 

Farm-to-School in Somerville

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

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 after school curriculum thanks to a partnership with Drumlin Farm.

Chef Ky Keenan preparing a dish in a client's home kitchen

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Join Felix Neck and wellness entrepreneur Ky Keenan in bringing high-vibe living Plant-Based Experiences into your home. Choose from 4 curated experiences for up to 10 guests that can be hosted as a brunch, lunch, or dinner in the privacy of your home. 

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!

Sanctuary Director Suzan Bellincampi stands in front of Felix Neck's first solar array

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Felix Neck has been awarded a TernSOLAR challenge grant from the Tern Foundation to support the installation of a second solar panel array on the new Equipment Barn roof. In order to receive the funding, we must raise a matching $30,000—and we need your help to do it!

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.

Teacher naturalist Dale Abrams presenting a virtual BEL program with a live frog

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Remote learning hasn't stopped our education team from connecting students to nature! Our in-school Berkshire Environmental Literacy (BEL) Program has had to adapt, but students and teachers are excited to have Mass Audubon educators in their virtual classroom.

Summer interns completing a Bobolink survey at Canoe Meadows

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Despite the global pandemic, our Wildlife & Plant Conservation Internship program has been running since mid-June. This summer's five interns have been working on a variety of field science projects that have kept them incredibly busy!

Digiscope image of a Greater White-fronted Goose

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Digiscoping is a great way to capture a fleeting nature moment without a fancy camera or a lens the size of your arm. With a little practice, you can achieve some awesome photos!

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.

Families enjoying a tractor hayride at Hey Day © Bruce Dean

Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary

Since we can't host our usual Hey Day festival at the sanctuary due current health and safety guidelines, we're bringing the festival to you in new ways. Take part in the festivities this September and October, virtually and/or in-person!

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.

Group photo of volunteers at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Calling all volunteers—we're thrilled to announce the launch of our expanded Volunteer Program! From monitoring trails to helping with construction projects to co-leading education programs, there are lots of new ways you can get involved at the sanctuary.

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. 

Lauren Anfenson is an intern at MABA

Museum of American Bird Art

We're excited to introduce MABA's newest intern to the team—Lauren Anfenson! A senior Electrical & Computer Engineering major at Olin College, we asked Lauren to share some insight about the work she's been doing at the museum since June. 

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.