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Five Things to Know About Mass Audubon
While its name evokes birds, Mass Audubon's work goes beyond ornithology to cover all aspects of wildlife, nature, and the preservation of the two. Whether it's working with city parks, forests, or the state's massive coastline, Mass Audubon's goals stay the same: conserve, educate, and advocate. Read on to learn more about the society:
- It predates the National Audubon Society. Two women founded it as the Massachusetts Audubon Society in 1896 (the National Audubon Society began in 1905). The founders worked to persuade women not to wear bird's feathers in their hats, as the fashionable plumes were decimating bird populations.
- More than 300 species of birds live in or fly through the state. And each year, birders compete in a Mass Audubon fundraiser to see who can spot the most in a 24-hour period.
- It protects more than 26,000 football fields worth of land. With more than 35,000 acres, the society is the largest private owner of conserved land in Massachusetts.
- 330,000 people are educated each year through Mass Audubon programs. These include classes, camps, and events geared toward kids, families, and adults at its sanctuaries and in the community.
- Some of its trails are ADA-accessible. A grant allowed Mass Audubon to add multisensory content such as Braille text, audio tours, and wider boardwalks to trails in eight of its sanctuaries.