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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.

Exciting News About Tidmarsh!

For the past year, we’ve been working hard to raise enough funds to acquire almost 479 acres of Tidmarsh Farms in Plymouth, land which encompasses restored freshwater wetlands and adjoining uplands. It’s been a remarkable journey and a true community effort.

Today, we’re excited to announce that we achieved our goal of raising $3.6 million! And it’s all thanks to supporters like you.

This means we can now move forward with purchasing the property later this summer. And we hope to see you this fall in Plymouth when we celebrate the official opening of Mass Audubon’s newest wildlife sanctuary!

Thank you for your commitment to land conservation, and for being a part of this important initiative—we could not have done it without your support. We are humbled by the generosity and dedication of our conservation community, and in particular, the people like you who stepped up to make this vision a reality.

There’s Still Time to Save Tidmarsh

A meandering cold water stream, dappled sunlight in a red maple forest, a bald eagle soaring overhead—these are just some of the things that you might see at Tidmarsh Farms in Plymouth. Today, we are working to purchase this property and establish it as Mass Audubon’s newest wildlife sanctuary by early 2018.

Tidmarsh was a working cranberry farm until 2010. When the landowners decided to stop farming, they made a bold decision to restore the land and return it to its natural state. Removing the dams created a spectacular mosaic of habitats, and all the changes are being monitored through their new nonprofit, Living Observatory.

Mass Audubon now has the special opportunity to acquire 479 acres of the property, and to partner with the Town of Plymouth to protect an additional 139 acres.

To do this, and create Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth, we must raise $3.6 million by June 30, 2017. We need your help to raise the final $125,000 in the next week. And thanks to a matching challenge grant from an anonymous foundation, your gift will be doubled!

You can have an impact on the future of this landscape—you can make a difference. Please consider making a gift to the Campaign for Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary today and be a part of protecting this incredible landscape!


Scenes from Tidmarsh

Great news! Thanks to the amazing support of individuals and foundations, we’ve raised 95% of our fundraising goal to protect Tidmarsh Farms and transform it into a wildlife sanctuary.

You can help get us over the finish line by donating today. Bonus: all new gifts will be matched dollar for dollar!

Need some inspiration? Check out some recent photos and videos taken at Tidmarsh. Better yet, come to an upcoming walk to see if for yourself.

Savannah sparrow on white pine © C. Jackson

Bog white violet © Living Observatory at Tidmarsh Farms

Kingfisher living up to its name. (Click the image to watch the video) © Living Observatory/MIT Media Lab

Silver-bordered fritillary in the flowers of choke cherry

A recent guided walk around Tidmarsh. The next one is Saturday, June 17. © Linda Thorndike

Herring © C. Jackson

The channel at the former reservoir © Living Observatory

Live From Tidmarsh!

So much is happening at Tidmarsh!

On Saturday, more than 30 volunteers helped spruce up the trails as part of Mass Audubon’s Statewide Volunteer Day.

We are 84% of the way to our goal and all new donations are being matched dollar-for dollar!

And the New York Times featured the project live on Facebook in front of an audience of almost 100,000 people!

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the campaign’s website, please do.

And while you there, be sure to check the latest news and events for info on two upcoming walks on Thursday, May 18, and Saturday, June 3.

Nature Returns to Tidmarsh

The first spring has sprung at Tidmarsh Farms since the property underwent an ambitious fresh water stream restoration. And signs of nature returning are everywhere.  Enjoy a few images of spring at Tidmarsh, courtesy of the Living Observatory.

Like what you see? You can help make this incredible land the next Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary. Give today and your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar!

And watch the herring return!