Regional News

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

Islands Events

Chocolate desserts in jars

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event July 19, 2022

Help us celebrate how delicious climate action can be and join us under the stars surrounded by the Island’s natural beauty for a very special evening. Along with a dinner of exquisite plant-based sustainably sourced foods and libations there will be silent and live auctions and lively conversation.

Amity Shark Race at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event August 28, 2022

It's time to race your wooden shark fins and help support Felix Neck! The first "shark" to make it across Sengekontacket Pond and over the finish line wins the coveted Shark Fin Trophy for their sponsor.

A smiling mother and child holding hands

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Special Event September 3, 2022

This race will take runners and walkers alike through our beautiful trails, providing inspiring views at every step—all to benefit the sanctuary’s wildlife protection, education, and conservation initiatives.

Islands News

Protect Your Environment Club at Felix Neck

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

How did Felix Neck get ten percent of the Island’s students together with nonprofit partners, local and regional government, business owners, and scientists? Feed them good food and engage them in great conversations.

Cover of Bicycling with Butterflies by Sara Dykman

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Everyone loves butterflies. They are beautiful, reflecting every color in the spectrum. A key part of the ecosystem, they serve as pollinators for many flowering plants. Unlike many other insects, butterflies are harmless to people because they don’t bite or sting. And most of all, they are inspirational, a muse to poets, artists, and scientists through the ages.

Three operators riding a marshmaster through tall grass

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Towering over other vegetation at 20 feet tall and dominating the entire shoreline of Hummock Pond, Phragmites Australis, or the common reed is one of the most aggressive and ecologically damaging invasive species found on Nantucket.

Shelves of books at the Felix Neck Shop

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Winter offers opportunities to slow down, reflect, observe and notice. Whether you find yourself reflecting on yourself or the world around you, spending time in nature encourages discovery. The Shop at Felix Neck has a variety of resources to further your understanding of the natural world.

Jacob Gurney was an intern during summer 2021 at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

After receiving a 2021 Martha's Vineyard Vision Fellowship, Jacob Gurney decided to spend his summer working at Felix Neck. "It's a place that I have loved since I was a kid and camper, and it represents what I care deeply about on this island."

Preschooler watching a fuzzy caterpillar on a leaf at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

For four months of the year, one of our volunteers birds at the sanctuary daily in a practice called patch birding. This idea resonates with me—going deeply into a place, knowing it, appreciating it, and caring for it.

CWP Intern Amelia Leonard (center) with other members of Felix Neck's 2021 CWP team

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Amelia Leonard spent this summer as a Coastal Waterbird Intern at Felix Neck, helping to collect data on endangered shorebirds. We recently spoke to her about the experience and what she learned.

Three operators riding a marshmaster through tall grass

Lost Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Towering over other vegetation at 20 feet tall and dominating the entire shoreline of Hummock Pond, Phragmites Australis, or the common reed is one of the most aggressive and ecologically damaging invasive species found on Nantucket.

Piping Plover searching a beach with children playing the background

Lost Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Every year during the summer breeding season, Mass Audubon's Coastal Waterbird Program (CWP) conducts shorebird nest monitoring field studies on both Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Here's a look at the 2021 season results from both locations.

YES intern Sarah Swenson monitoring shorebirds on a Nantucket beach

Lost Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

"My protection of the environment left the theoretical," says Sarah Swenson, talking about her YES internship this summer. "I realized that an essential part of my relationship with nature is a hands-on connection to the natural world."

Youth volunteers help plant seedlings at Nantucket Sanctuaries

Lost Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

The Youth Environmental Stewardship program is a paid summer internship that enables island youth to gain hands-on conservation and management experience at our sanctuaries. We have the chance to fund three students—but we need your help to make it happen! 

Northern Long-eared Bat found at Lost Farm

Lost Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

After finding a dead bat that wasn't typically found on Nantucket, researchers began monitoring the island’s bat population. They discovered that this federally threatened bat species wasn't so rare on Nantucket after all.