News & Project Updates

Mass Audubon is constantly working to permanently protect additional acres for conservation, often in collaboration with other organizations, agencies, and individuals. We've successfully protected stands of old growth forest in the Berkshires, coastal habitats on Cape Cod, precious salt marshes on the North Shore, and every type of habitat in between.


Urgent Land Projects


View of Greater Gales Brook landscape from Littlewood in Western Mass

Greater Gales Brook, Western MA

We're partnering with the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust to protect 13 diverse land parcels in Western Mass that cover an impressive 750 acres and span three towns. But we need your help! This is your opportunity to have a significant impact on the future of our state's remaining natural spaces.

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Baby porcupine in tree © David Blad
Porcupine © David Blad

Minery Property, Sandisfield & Otis

Mass Audubon has the chance to realize a conservation vision 15 years in the making by permanently protecting 180 acres abutting our Cold Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in the Berkshires. And your support can make it happen!

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Recent Projects & Successes


Looking up at the Bear Hole tree canopy in fall

Land Conservation

Published on July 2, 2021

What’s big, green, near lots of people, and will now be here forever? The answer is the Bear Hole landscape—a beautiful open space of 1,400 acres, comprised of intact forest and diverse habitats in West Springfield at the southern end of the Connecticut River Valley. 

Ring-Necked Duck © Lea Fiega

Land Conservation

Published on July 1, 2021

With support from the City of Northampton, Mass Audubon added 16 acres of state-designated "Critical Natural Landscape & Core Habitat" to Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in the Connecticut River Valley.

Looking west from the highest point on the Wetherby property

Land Conservation

Published on June 30, 2021

Whetstone Wood Wildlife Sanctuary, Mass Audubon’s largest wildlife sanctuary, just added another 20 acres of prime forest and wooded wetlands that bridges the protected land from west to east across New Salem Road in Wendell.

Stone walls & forest on the now-protected McLarey property in Marshfield

Land Conservation

Published on February 18, 2021

Mass Audubon has received a new permanent Conservation Restriction from the Town of Marshfield for a 13.3-acre property that borders our North River Wildlife Sanctuary and consists of oak and pine forest with a lovely tributary to Hannah Eames Brook running through it.

View of a nest box on the hillside at Patten Hill in Shelburne Falls

Land Conservation

Published on February 16, 2021

Thanks to the efforts of many, the remaining 67 acres of the Patten Hill property in Shelburne Falls have been permanently protected! We are so grateful for all who contributed to this important conservation effort.

Pequid Brook along Main Loop Trail at MABA

Land Conservation

Published on January 29, 2021

Mass Audubon received a donation of 2.73 acres of land next to the Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon (MABA) in Canton. The new addition—called the Carroll Property—features a lovely series of rapids, or cascades, of Pequit Brook that runs along the Main Loop Trail.