Impact of Wildlife Research & Conservation

Group of teachers birding in the field

Our conservation science experts work on our wildlife sanctuaries and beyond to ensure that the nature of Massachusetts continues to thrive. We create and enhance habitat on our wildlife sanctuaries and protect native plants and wildlife across the state through active land management, monitoring, and research.

Key Accomplishments from FY 2018


Bobolinks at Arcadia © Dave McLain

Acres (up from 634) of farm fields in Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York protected for nesting grassland birds through The Bobolink Project. The fields collectively produced an estimated 1,027 (up from 820) fledgling Bobolinks. 



Piping Plover chick Rachel Smiley
Rachel Smiley

Piping Plover pairs protected via the Coastal Waterbird Program. Piping plovers are listed as Threatened on both a state and federal level.


Chestnut-sided warbler © Phil Doyle
Chestnut-sided warbler © Phil Doyle

Acres of forest in Massachusetts now managed to protect birds and the habitats in which they thrive through the Foresters for the Birds program.



handful of hatchlings

Diamondback Terrapin hatchlings released. This species, which is listed as Threatened in Massachusetts, is the only turtle in North America that makes its home exclusively in brackish water, where salt water from the ocean mixes with fresh water.


Families watching a bird banding demo

Birds banded at Drumlin Farm, Joppa Flats, Wellfleet Bay, and Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Banding birds provides researchers with valuable information about the birds they band.


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