Regional News

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

Berkshires and Connecticut River Valley News

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. 

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!