Published on June 18, 2014

Important Addition at Laughing Brook

Eastern Box Turtle
©Richard Johnson

This week Mass Audubon added a small but important 13-acre parcel to its Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Hampden.

The wooded parcel includes a 500-foot stretch of Big Brook, a pristine stream that flows through the sanctuary for more than a half-mile. The parcel is designated by the state in its entirety as BioMap2 Core Habitat and Priority Habitat for Rare and Endangered Species. It abuts the existing sanctuary on three sides, and is ranked in the highest priority for acquisition in the sanctuary’s land protection plan.

The property was owned by Kathleen Flynn, who passed away last year. Flynn family members own a number of parcels in the Big Brook valley near the sanctuary and have been good partners in its protection, having stewarded their properties thoughtfully and well for many years. We are appreciative of the efforts of Kathleen’s executor, nephew John Flynn, in working with us to preserve this important tract.

The property’s purchase was made possible by generous donations from many individuals to Mass Audubon’s Land Conservation Fund.