Help Protect Heron Pond in Worcester, MA

View of wetland edge at Heron Pond in Worcester

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Mass Audubon has an opportunity to preserve the approximately 17-acre Heron Pond property in Worcester. This land sits adjacent to our Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary—the largest urban-based wildlife sanctuary in New England.

Working in partnership with the City of Worcester, our goal is to protect this property through a permanent Conservation Restriction. A total of $126,000 is needed to complete this project, and we're so close! Now we need your help to raise the last $36,000.

What Makes Heron Pond Special

The land boasts a beautiful urban wetland that's home to an active heron rookery (for which it's named) as well as an active beaver colony. It's located within a state designated Environmental Justice Community and is upstream of a federally designated high-risk area for flooding.

Map of BMB land showing adjacent Heron Pond property in Worcester

Preservation of this land will provide opportunities for more people to connect with nature and bolster the climate resilience of the neighborhood by providing flood storage.

Why This Matters

This is an incredible opportunity to protect a large, undeveloped parcel in an otherwise urban setting. Doing so will not only conserve important natural resources, but will also improve climate resilience in Worcester while increasing access to nature for the community.

In addition, protecting Heron Pond will:

  • Expand the area of contiguous conserved land and prevent habitat fragmentation
  • Protect important wetland habitat that is home to rare species
  • Reduce the effects of flooding from extreme rain events in this flood-prone area
  • Increase access to nature in a densely populated community
  • Lead to more education programs focused on wetland ecology
  • Add new trails to the current system at Broad Meadow Brook

Make an Impact

We can't do this without you! In order to make this happen, we need to raise $36,000.

You can help make this vision a reality by donating today.

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To make a gift by phone, or for more information, please contact Liz Albert at 413-262-0166 or by email.