Success Stories

Mass Audubon successfully conserves additional land all the time—from stands of old growth forest in the Berkshires to coastal habitats on the Cape and islands to the precious salt marsh of the North Shore—and every type of habitat in between.

Land Conservation

Land donors Gladys and Scott Olson

Scott and Gladys Olson generously donated their 4.9-acre property in Princeton, MA, so it could become part of Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary. While modest in size, the parcel represents a significant addition to the 1,100-acre sanctuary.

Land Conservation

Map of the Thompson and Open & Shut property

Mass Audubon and the City of Northampton worked in partnership to add one and a half acres to the conserved land known as the Rocky Hill Greenway and approximately four acres to Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. The Greenway is an active wildlife corridor that has been the focus of protection efforts by the conservation partners for much of the last decade.

Land Conservation

Salt marsh at Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Great news—Mass Audubon just completed the purchase of 110 acres at Great Neck in Wareham with more than a mile of salt water frontage on Buzzard's Bay! A decade earlier, we worked with several partners to purchase a Conservation Restriction (CR) covering 95 acres of this property. But the CR left 15 acres of the land totally unprotected.

Land Conservation

The 5-acre Faler property in Worcester

When no family members expressed interest in keeping a 5-acre property, Karen Faler approached Mass Audubon about donating it. The land has never been developed and directly abuts our Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. Of course, we accepted her offer with enthusiasm!

Land Conservation

Looking towards Martha’s Vineyard from the West End

Mass Audubon received a 2.5-acre property located on Cuttyhunk Island in late June 2019. But if you're not familiar with Cuttyhunk, you are in good company. The island is a little-known gem of coastal Massachusetts. Specifically, it's the last—and smallest—of the Elizabeth Island chain just northwest of Martha's Vineyard.

Land Conservation

View of Dorrance property across Lake Talaquega

In early 2018, the Dorrance family presented Mass Audubon with an opportunity to acquire 25 acres of land they owned abutting Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary. This addition would expand the popular urban sanctuary’s footprint by more than 50%—a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

Land Conservation

Female moose © US Fish & Wildlife Service
Moose © USFWS

Whetstone Wood Wildlife Sanctuary—located in Wendell, Orange, and New Salem—is Mass Audubon's largest wildlife sanctuary at almost 2,500 acres. And another 118 acres have been added, land that's home to high quality forest and vernal pools.

Land Conservation

A mossy stone wall on the protected 60-acre Poitras property
Stone wall on the Poitras property

A new Conservation Restriction (CR) was acquired in a joint effort between the New England Forestry Foundation, Mass Audubon, and the Poitras Family. This 60-acre property joins Mass Audubon's long-term effort to knit together a large natural landscape for the benefit of Holliston and neighboring communities.

Land Conservation

View from School Lot in Lenox, MA
View from the School Lot in Lenox

When Mass Audubon acquired land adjacent to Lenox's Kennedy Park in 1993, the ultimate aim was to swap it for a parcel just south of Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary along the western side of West Mountain Road. This exchange as originally envisioned did not take place—but after 26 years, a slightly modified version has.

Land Conservation

Brewster's Woods looking down at the Concord River
Brewster's Woods

Generosity that inspires all who hear of it has created a new wildlife sanctuary in Concord, MA. Nancy Beeuwkes has donated an astonishing 143 acres of land along the Concord River to Mass Audubon—to be preserved forever.

Land Conservation

Cold Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
Cold Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

The Fischer family has generously donated their 3-acre property in Sandisfield, along the western side of Cold Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, to Mass Audubon. The donated land is located on the easterly side of Beech Plain Road and fills a gap in the protection of the wildlife sanctuary.

Land Conservation

An intermittent stream on the protected Sinclair land

Along Loring Hill Road, 23 acres of field and forest has been permanently protected with a Conservation Restriction (CR) donated to Mass Audubon by the Sinclair family. It is one of the last steps in a project envisioned by Fraser Sinclair in 2014.

Land Conservation

The Hubbard Family
The Hubbard family

Mass Audubon purchased 60 acres—the agricultural core of Hubbard's Farm—with the intention of restricting the use of the property to agriculture through use of the state’s Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program and then selling the property to a local farmer. Now that transfer has taken place.

Land Conservation

Salt marsh on Angelica Russell's protected land
Salt marsh on the newly protected land

Mass Audubon was given a 7-acre Conservation Restriction near our Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in South Dartmouth. This land is one of the last remaining pieces of unprotected shoreline along the sanctuary’s namesake pond. And it was protected by the children and grandchildren of the woman that first started conserving land in this area some 50 years ago.

Land Conservation

View of restored valley at Tidmarsh

Congratulations—and many, many thanks—to all who helped Mass Audubon successfully complete the purchase of 450+/- acres of land in the Manomet section of Plymouth that will soon become our newest wildlife sanctuary—the Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary! 

Land Conservation

Tracy Brook pond

On December 23, 2016, the deed to the new Tracy Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Richmond was recorded. Tracy Brook—which includes 21 acres of wetlands and a nature trail—was donated to Mass Audubon by Rich and Patty Levy.

Land Conservation

Stone wall on land in Dudley

We are pleased to announce the recent addition of four parcels totaling 66 acres of rocky oak upland and forested wetlands adjacent to our Pierpont Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary in Dudley. In a profession in which no two projects are alike, this one took a particularly unusual path to its happy ending. Read More

Land Conservation

Old Baldy Mountain view

Mass Audubon has collaborated closely for several decades with a very generous private individual with a deep and genuine conservation ethic. What has resulted is nothing short of amazing – the future Cold Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. Read More