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Berkshires and Connecticut River Valley News

Mass Audubon Bird-a-thon 2021 promo ad with illustrated birds

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Mass Audubon's biggest annual fundraising event is back, and the West Sanctuaries Team is in it to win it! You can support Arcadia and Pleasant Valley by making a donation and/or joining our team to help us fundraise, spot birds, and collect points. Everyone is welcome!

Dave McLain with group from Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

For almost 30 years, Conservation Caretaker Dave McLain has been involved with our conservation work at Arcadia and around the Valley. We're so grateful for his decades of ecological work and wish him well!

Tricia Yacovone-Biagi is a climate champion at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Tricia Yacovone-Biagi believes that everyone can be a climate champion like her by doing something, no matter how small, to reverse climate change. Her "something" in 2020—installing heat pumps and insulation at Arcadia—is making a big difference!

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. 

Mass Audubon Bird-a-thon 2021 promo ad with illustrated birds

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Mass Audubon's biggest annual fundraising event is back, and the West Sanctuaries Team is in it to win it! You can support Arcadia and Pleasant Valley by making a donation and/or joining our team to help us fundraise, spot birds, and collect points. Everyone is welcome!

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.

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!