South East Wildlife Sanctuaries
South East Wildlife Sanctuaries Team
Allens Pond • Great Neck • North River • Oak Knoll • Tidmarsh
From May 14–15, nature heroes from all over Massachusetts will celebrate nature by participating in Bird-a-thon, Mass Audubon's largest annual fundraiser. This year is particularly special because Mass Audubon is celebrating its 125th anniversary!
Through Bird-a-thon, teams representing different Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries and programs raise money while helping people of all ages connect with nature in communities across the state (and beyond!).
Over the past year the whole world grappled with the effects of COVID-19 – at Mass Audubon it was no different. Since the Bird-at-home-a-thon last year we have been hard at work to meet the needs of our communities during this difficult time. Some of you may remember that during Bird-a-thon last year our properties were closed – but shortly all of our sanctuaries reopened to the public. When you visited you may not have been able to interact with our staff for safety reasons but they were hard at work maintaining over 50 miles of trails, conducting dozens of ecological restoration projects (such as the restoration at Tidmarsh providing an additional 0.6 miles of restored cold-water stream and 6 acres of floodplain forest, removing invasive species along field edges at Allens Pond, and improving the grasslands at Daniel Webster), hosting summer camp at North River and vacation week camps at Allens Pond, Oak Knoll, and North River, protecting osprey and coastal waterbirds, engaging with schools through remote learning, conducting small group and family programs, hosting bird walks, building a new all persons trail at Tidmarsh, improving the All Persons Trail at Allens Pond, and so much more. We’re excited that 2021 holds the promise of getting to do all of this and more but this time side by side with you!
Our team is participating in Bird-a-thon because we believe that nature needs our support now more than ever in order to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife through:
Restoration – Help us restore an additional 6 acres of floodplain forest at Tidmarsh to promote cold-water stream habitat for many species including migratory fish such as river herring by supporting the planting of native plants. $10 plants a tree that will provide shade for these fish as they return to their spawning grounds that have been blocked by dams for over a century.
Education – After a year of virtual learning outdoor education is more important than ever. In addition to numerous outdoor educational opportunities for all ages we will be hosting camp at North River and Oak Knoll this year - $375 can change a child’s life by allowing them to attend summer camp at Mass Audubon.
Accessibility – Support construction of a new All Persons Trail at Tidmarsh which will provide over a mile of accessible trails crossing numerous habitats, help us maintain our existing All Persons Trails at North River, Daniel Webster, and Attleboro Springs, and help us complete the educational overlay on the soon to be open All Persons Trail at Allens Pond! Every $25 provides 5 new feet of trail or allows 25 feet an existing All Persons Trail to be maintained!
Climate Resiliency – Assist us in managing our properties to allow our communities to be more resilient to Climate Change – at Allens Pond and Great Neck we are working to remove barriers to Salt Marsh Migration which will facilitate greater flood water storage and salt marsh movement in our communities as storms surge and seas rise. These nature-based solutions provide real answers to the climate crisis and support both ecosystems and human populations. In honor of our 125th anniversary please consider supporting us through a $125 gift to combat climate change and support this essential work.
Habitat – Help us promote quality habitat for pollinator species at North River, Tidmarsh and Oak Knoll by creating and maintaining our pollinator gardens, manage grasslands for species such as bobolinks at Daniel Webster and Allens Pond through active management and community partnerships, and protect and track the success of Osprey across the region, including the Westport River through the Osprey Program at Allens Pond. $250 allows us to maintain a patch of pollinator habitat, mow and maintain fields for bobolinks or supports an Osprey Platform for the year.
Now more than ever we need your support! Please help us reach our goals for 2021!
Please consider joining our team - team members help us fundraise, participate in family-friendly nature activities, and take part in a team birding competition to find the greatest number of species in a single 24-hour period.
You can also support our team, or a specific team member, by making a donation through this secure fundraising website. Thank you for cheering us on!