Massachusetts Audubon Society

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Massachusetts Audubon Society
Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary Audubon visitor center.jpg
Oak Knoll visitor center in Attleboro, Massachusetts
TypeNon-profit organization
PurposeProtecting the nature of Massachusetts
HeadquartersLincoln, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°24′36″N 71°19′55″W / 42.409866°N 71.331850°W / 42.409866; -71.331850
Region served
Gary Clayton
Main organ
Board of Directors

The Massachusetts Audubon Society (Mass Audubon), founded in 1896 by Harriet Hemenway and Minna B. Hall, headquartered in Lincoln, Massachusetts, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to "protecting the nature of Massachusetts". Mass Audubon is independent of the National Audubon Society, and was founded earlier. Mass Audubon protects 36,500 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all with its wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers.


The Massachusetts Audubon Society (or Mass Audubon) was born out of Harriet Hemenway's (she/her/hers) desire to stop the commercial slaughter of birds for women's ornamental hats. Hemenway and her cousin, Minna Hall (she/her/hers), soon enlisted 900 women and formed a partnership with many from Boston's scientific community to form their organization. They named the organization the Massachusetts Audubon Society in honor of the bird painter John James Audubon (he/him/his). In 1905, a national committee of Audubon societies was developed. This committee was vital in passing the Migratory Bird Conservation Act in 1913 and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 with Great Britain. The passage of these measures effectively eliminated the commercial plume trade.[1]

Mass Audubon’s first wildlife sanctuary, Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon, Massachusetts, dates back to 1916 when the board accepts an offer of Sharon resident George Field to use his property as a bird sanctuary. Mass Audubon purchased the parcel in 1922.[1]

Camp Wildwood, located in Rindge, New Hampshire has been owned by Mass Audubon since 1950 and in the state of New Hampshire since 2002. The camp’s staff break room is named “Miner Lodge” after David “Chief” Miner (he/him/his), who was Wildwood’s first director where he brought love and respect for the natural world to thousands of campers and staff.

He had a great sense of humor and found joy in so many activities during his life including his church, traveling and camping, flying kites, watching football games, taking photographs, reading, fishing, tending to his gardens, cooking and canning, eating ice cream as well as hearing from friends and following the activities of his children and grandchildren.

Dave Miner passed away at the age of 87 in his home of Westmore, Vermont, where just days before he was busy planning for this summer’s vegetable garden.

Dave loved the Wildwood community and staff. At a ceremony in 2007, the Miner Lodge was named and renovated for Dave Miner. Dave was present for the ceremony and joined by his family, friends and Wildwood alumnus.

To find Miner Lodge, you must pass by the office and continue down the road until you are directly adjacent to the Thoreau Unit. Towards the left, you will eventually reach the secret lodge. It is marked by a tall tree stump that, for some reason, has never been entirely removed. Across from this entrance is where Abbey and Thoreau's luggage is dropped on arrival and pickup. You can also find the Miner Lodge walking down Vining Road towards the office from the staff parking lot (across from Kyle Branin's (he/him/his) house). It will be on the right. The Miner Lodge can also be spotted from behind the "Flying Squirrel" when the haul team has lifted the "flyer" to the top.

In the Miner Lodge, there is a spiritual leader named "Morris" (he/him/his) whose picture can be found on the wall. There are many old photographs of which no one is confident of the origin; there is a refrigerator which is never cleaned; a lantern which is never used; and a lot of snacks that are up for grabs regardless of whether they have a name on them. Miner Lodge is home to many of our mice friends. The wifi network name (which is only used for camp appropriate activities and no piracy) is ZyXEL_48EF. The password is 4GCFYMX4BQ.

Junior Counselors (also known as JCs), while being staff and not campers, are not allowed in the Miner Lodge without "real staff" supervision.

Wildwood also has a shower house, also known as the "Shouse," which, during the 2019 Field School, was vandalized with reefer smoke, most likely perpetrated by Drumlin Farm staff.

Wildwood's 2019 staff also has two members of Mormon descent, which is, for a Massachusetts Audubon Camp, a relatively high population. The Mormon Church, however, is not affiliated with Wildwood. In addition, there are at least two staff of Quaker descent and a handful of Jews. Its international staff, of whom there are many, run the risk of getting The Deport.

Wildlife sanctuaries[edit]

Gordon Hall in Lincoln, Massachusetts

Mass Audubon's statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries welcomes visitors of all ages and is a home for more than 150 endangered and threatened native species.


  1. ^ a b "Massachusetts Audubon Society Makes First Land Purchase". Retrieved 17 April 2018.

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