Using Conservation & Science to Address Climate Change

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Mass Audubon's conservation and science teams are not only working to protect our natural resources for the present, they’re also working to protect our natural resources as they respond to a changing climate in the future.

Losing Ground V

A Changing Landscape in a Changing Climate

The landscape of Massachusetts has been transformed by rapid residential and commercial development while the climate has been changing in parallel. These simultaneous changes increase the urgency for conserving land.

According to the Losing Ground report, it is critical consider what land is valuable for the wildlife now and in the future. Learn More >

Planning for Future Resilience

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With tools like BioMap2 and MAPPR, we’re identifying parcels of land that are critical for ecological protection and likely to remain resilient to future challenges.

Often, the habitats most resilient to climate change are large enough to support rich biodiversity, have diverse landforms, and are connected to other open spaces. Protecting those spaces will allow wildlife to move freely and give ecosystems the flexibility to adapt to unforeseen stressors. Learn More >

State of the Birds

State of the Birds 2017 cover - Black-capped chickadee © Bill Thompson, USFWS
Black-capped chickadee © Bill Thompson, USFWS

The State of the Birds 2017 report looks at how climate change is affecting breeding birds in Massachusetts. These species depend on the land, water, and people for rearing their young.

Breeding birds are being uniquely challenged by climate change and there is much we must do to protect them and the healthy ecosystems they help sustain. Learn More >

Strategic Land Conservation 

Rough Meadows

Sunset at Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary © Paul Mozell
© Paul Mozell

Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley is in the heart of the Great Marsh ecosystem, the largest salt marsh system between the Gulf of Maine and Long Island. Mass Audubon strategically established this wildlife sanctuary, comprised of more than 50% upland, in part to accommodate migration of the abutting salt marsh migration as the sea levels rise. 

By providing a setting for the salt marsh to migrate, Rough Meadows is projected to play a key role in assisting this important coastal ecosystem threatened by sea level rise, while also providing tangible public health and safety benefits by storing flood waters and blunting storm surge in the important years ahead.

Tidmarsh Farms

A channel and bird box at Tidmarsh

Tidmarsh Farms in Plymouth became Mass Audubon's newest wildlife sanctuary in the fall of 2017. Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary is a compelling place to witness nature’s return and increased resilience in a climate changing world. 

The sanctuary is a landscape of hope, where promising land conservation approaches revive degraded ecosystems into beautiful, regenerative landscapes. Mass Audubon and partners are restoring Tidmarsh's natural systems, reducing stressors, and connecting this valuable area to other natural spaces. By acquiring this property, and establishing a new wildlife sanctuary at Tidmarsh, Mass Audubon is leading by example in protecting one of the best remaining land conservation opportunities in coastal Massachusetts, and inspiring the public to act on nature’s behalf.