Introducing the Next President of Mass Audubon
Mass Audubon’s Board of Directors voted unanimously last week to elect Henry George Tepper as the organization’s next president.
An internationally recognized conservationist with tremendous experience in land protection and advocacy, Henry has an impressive list of accomplishments in the nonprofit and governmental arenas, both in the United States and abroad, as well as the experience, vision, and passion to lead Mass Audubon into its very promising future
Read a letter from the Mass Audubon Board of Directors and a letter from Henry.
Blazing New Trails
Each year, our wildlife sanctuaries attract hundreds of thousands of visitors. Most of them flock to the sanctuaries that have nature centers and scheduled activities, and many are unaware of our other locations around the state.
This year, we celebrated the grand opening of three more wonderful places: Rocky Hill in Groton, Rough Meadows in Rowley, and Barnstable Great Marsh in Barnstable.
|Barnstable Great Marsh, Photo © C.J. Gregory
Read more about these new wildlife sanctuaries, get a list of all our sanctuaries, and come see them for yourself!
Top 5 Reasons to Admire Spiders
Even if the thought of spiders makes you want to run, you have to admit—they’re pretty amazing. Not only does their silk have more tensile strength than steel, their webs are the stuff of legends: Greek mythology holds that Arachne challenged the goddess Athena to a weaving contest, only to be turned
into a spider when her work was deemed superior.
What kinds of spiders are you likely to see in and
around your home, and what do their webs look like?
Read on to unravel the mystery (and find programs to learn more).
Where in Mass Audubon Are We Now?
|Photo © Stacy Roy
Congratulations to everyone who guessed that the last photo featured in Explorations was taken at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary on Martha's Vineyard. Of those with correct guesses, Megan of Norwood was chosen at random to be the lucky winner of a pocket field guide.
Ready to guess another Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary?
One of our many wildlife sanctuaries sans nature center, you can often explore its trails without encountering another person. This wasn't always the case, especially during the summer—it was the former home of Wildwood, Mass Audubon's overnight camp, which is now located in Rindge, New Hampshire.
Email your guess by November 15 and you could win a pocket field guide.
LIVING WITH WILDLIFE
Did you know the story of the wild turkey is actually quite dramatic?
Championed by Benjamin Franklin to become America's national bird (only to be beaten out by the bald eagle), the wild turkey was all but obliterated in North America in the early 1900s. Thanks to a successful reintroduction program, the bird is thriving in New England.
Learn more about the wild turkey's incredible story, and find out what to do if you encounter a turkey.