Climate Action Centers

Climate Action Center at Arcadia © Phil Doyle
© Phil Doyle

As a way to address the challenges of climate change in Massachusetts, Mass Audubon has designated several wildlife sanctuaries as Climate Action Centers. These sanctuaries provide insight on how climate change will affect their communities, bringing a big global problem to a local and more manageable scale.

Climate Action Centers lead their communities in the fight against climate change by:

  • Working with scientists to protect wildlife and their habitats in a rapidly changing world.
  • Providing educational programs to help people of all ages understand both the challenges and solutions of climate change.
  • Advocating for policies that make our towns and cities better places to live, and helping people take action to protect nature.

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In 2018, three wildlife sanctuaries were designated Climate Action Centers including Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton, Wellfleet Bay in South Wellfleet, and Broadmoor in Natick.

At each sanctuary, visitors will find displays and resources explaining how climate change affects nearby environments. They can see real world solutions in action, like ways to save energy and protect vulnerable wildlife, and can find ways to get involved in their own community.

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton and Northampton

Climate Action Highlights include:

  • A tilting, rotating solar panel that follows the sun across the sky. It adjusts to the height of the sun above the horizon as it changes during the day and throughout the seasons, harnessing 45% more power than fixed panels.
  • Life in a Changing Climate program, which helps middle and high school students understand the carbon cycle, the causes of climate change, and how we can deal with it.
  • Hosting Youth Climate Summits with local partners. At these events students from several high schools come together to learn about sustainability and become climate action leaders.

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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, South Wellfleet

Climate Action Highlights include:

  • LEED Platinum Nature Center that is constantly evolving with new features like photovoltaic arrays and innovative heating and cooling systems that reduce reliance on fossil fuel usage.
  • An indoor-outdoor Green Building “Trail” to learn about all of the Nature Center’s green features.
  • A trailside exhibit along Goose Pond Trail that features sea level rise markers to show visitors where water levels are projected to reach in future decades.
  • Long-term efforts to protect diamondback terrapins, rescue cold-stunned sea turtles, and preserve coastal waterbird habitat as these species are increasingly threatened by climate change.

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Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick

Climate Action Highlights include:

  • One of the most energy efficient wildlife sanctuaries generating far more electricity than is used on site.
  • Pioneer in sustainable energy, with a Nature Center recognized in 1985 with a Special Award for Energy Innovation from the US Department of Energy.
  • Partnership with Boston University researchers to understand how variations in weather and climate affect tree swallows. 

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