Category Archives: Wildlife Sanctuaries

Lauren Kras looking through binoculars

The Latest from Tidmarsh

Last spring, we asked for your help to raise the $3.6 million needed to turn a 481-acre former cranberry farm in Plymouth into a wildlife sanctuary for all to enjoy. And so many of you responded with enthusiasm and generosity.

Sanctuary Director Lauren Kras

Sanctuary Director Lauren Kras

Since that time, we officially purchased the property, welcomed the sanctuary’s inaugural director, created trails, installed signs, and added a parking lot. In January, the ribbon was figuratively cut on Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary. And that is just the beginning, thanks to the leadership of Lauren Kras, Sanctuary Director.

Lauren comes to Mass Audubon from New Hampshire where she served as the President of the Seacoast Chapter of NH Audubon and Conservation Easement Steward at the New Hampshire Forest Society. An avid birdwatcher, conservationist, photographer, and hiker, Lauren holds a Master of Science degree in Plant Biology from the University of New Hampshire where she studied rare, threatened, and endangered plant species.

Alder in bloom at Tidmarsh

Alder in bloom at Tidmarsh

Putting her skills to work immediately she began the sanctuary’s sandplain restoration, opening more trails, and working with members of the community to share this beautiful sanctuary and programs with people of all ages and abilities.

See the progress for yourself this spring. In addition to Statewide Volunteer Day projects and weekly Herring Walks with Living Observatory, there will be a family-friendly Open House on Saturday, June 2. The Open House will provide opportunities to explore on your own, join a guided walk, meet the Tidmarsh team, and watch for herons and kestrels soaring overhead.

ICYMI: Broad Meadow Brook’s Sanctuary Takeover

In case you missed it, Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester recently took over the Mass Audubon Instagram feed to share a little bit about the sanctuary. Check out the posts!

ICYMI: Museum of American Bird Art’s Instagram Takeover

In case you missed it, the Museum of American Bird Art (MABA) in Canton took over the Mass Audubon Instagram feed for the week. Check out their posts below!

ICYMI: Long Pasture’s Instagram Takeover

In case you missed it, Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Barnstable took over the Mass Audubon Instagram feed last week. Check out the posts below and be sure to follow along this week to see what the Museum of American Bird Art has in store!

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It may be snowing today but this is the view of Barnstable Great Marsh in spring/summer. Lying just west of Long Pasture, it covers several thousand acres adjacent to
Sandy Neck Barrier Beach. The marsh ecosystem experiences a tidal exchange of up to 14 feet and serves as an important embayment on the north side of Cape Cod. In the spring, Atlantic mackerel run
along the deep channels as they are pursued by striped bass. On shore, nesting oystercatchers forage
among the dunes while keeping a watchful eye for predators. The marsh serves as a nursery for many
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ICYMI: Laughing Brook’s Instagram Takeover

In case you missed it, Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Hampden recently took over the Mass Audubon Instagram feed. Check out the images below.

ICYMI: Wachusett Meadow’s Instagram Takeover

Our Sanctuary Instagram Takeover is back! Last week, Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary shared a little bit about what you can see and do at the sanctuary. In case you missed it, check out the photos below. And stay tuned this week for a closer look at Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Hampden.

 

ICYMI: Trailside Museum’s Instagram Takeover

In case you missed it, the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton was the latest sanctuary to takover the Mass Audubon Instagram feed. See the week’s worth of posts below, and follow along this week to learn more about Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield.

 

ICYMI: Wellfleet Bay’s Instagram Takeover

Last week, Wellfleet Bay on Cape Cod took over the Mass Audubon Instagram feed, highlighting what’s happening at the sanctuary this time of year. Check out the week worth of posts below. (Please note: email subscribers need visit to the blog here to see the images). And be sure to follow along this week to learn more about Broadmoor in Natick.

ICYMI: Arcadia’s Instagram Takeover

In case you missed it, our wildlife sanctuaries are taking over the Mass Audubon Instagram feed one week at a time showing off what makes each sanctuary so unique. Last week featured Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton and Northampton.

Check out the week worth of posts below. (Please note: email subscribers may need visit to the blog here to see the images). And be sure to follow along this week get a snapshot of Boston Nature Center in Mattapan.

ICYMI: Drumlin Farm’s Instagram Takeover

In case you missed it, our wildlife sanctuaries are taking over the Mass Audubon Instagram feed one week at a time showing off what makes each sanctuary so unique. Last week, Drumlin Farm in Lincoln kicked off the series.

Check out the week worth of posts below. (Please note: email subscribers may need to head over to the blog to see the images). And be sure to follow along this week get a snapshot of Arcadia in Easthampton/Northampton.