Habitat Management

We actively manage wildlife habitat across our entire wildlife sanctuary system to maintain and enhance uncommon, exemplary, and vulnerable natural communities on our land. Invasive species control, prescribed burning, mowing, and carefully planned restoration are among the tools we use, all within an adaptive approach in which monitoring informs management decisions. 

When so much of the Massachusetts landscape reflects the impacts of human activities, it is critical that we apply our knowledge of natural systems to maximize habitat function on our wildlife sanctuaries.

Managing for Invasive Species

Mass Audubon considers invasive species to be one of the greatest threats to the nature of Massachusetts because they out-compete, displace, or kill native species. Our approach to addressing the threat invasive species pose to native plants and animals is three-fold. Learn More

Habitat Restoration

Habitat restoration is an important part of a comprehensive ecological management strategy, and Mass Audubon regularly engages in restoration projects around the state. These projects target habitats of priority species of conservation concern, and include dam removals, invasive species management, wetland restoration, and more. Our restoration projects also include long-term monitoring, enabling Mass Audubon to learn about the complexities of restoration and share our successes with our conservation partners.

Grasslands and Shrublands Maintenance

Grasslands and shrublands provide critical habitat for a wide range of plant and animal species, yet they are among the most rapidly declining types of habitat in Massachusetts. These early successional habitats require some form of disturbance, or in most parts of Massachusetts they will slowly succeed to forest.  We use a range of methods  to maintain grasslands, meadows, heathlands, and shrublands from the Berkshires to the Cape and Islands.