Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary Long Pasture's two and a half miles of trails wander through several Cape Cod habitats.
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Long Pasture is the home of Mass Audubon's Mid-Upper Cape wildlife sanctuaries and the Coastal Waterbird Program, our public sanctuaries include Long Pasture, Ashumet Holly, and Skunknett River.

The preschool is ready for ❄️
01/16/2024

The preschool is ready for ❄️

We invite researchers to submit proposals to present at the 27th Annual Cape Cod Natural History Conference.  Proposal s...
01/09/2024

We invite researchers to submit proposals to present at the 27th Annual Cape Cod Natural History Conference. Proposal submissions are due this Friday, January 12th, 2024. The conference will take place on Saturday, March 9, 8:30 am-3:00 pm at Cape Cod Community College in Barnstable.

To submit a proposal and for more information: https://www.massaudubon.org/places-to-explore/wildlife-sanctuaries/wellfleet-bay/news/cape-cod-natural-history-conference-submissions

The work to be presented may be the result of professional or personal study, and should focus on the ecology, status, distribution of local plants, animals, natural communities, or environmental restoration projects on the Cape.

First snow of the new year at Long Pasture
01/08/2024

First snow of the new year at Long Pasture

Are you also looking to get out of the house? Join us this winter and spring for our “Birding through the Seasons” birdw...
01/06/2024

Are you also looking to get out of the house? Join us this winter and spring for our “Birding through the Seasons” birdwatching series. In this monthly series, we will get you out and about exploring local birding hotspots, all while creating a year list. This program is perfect for those looking to start their birding career, practice their skills, or are just a bit stir crazy! sign up here, the first class starts January 20th https://www.massaudubon.org/programs/long-pasture/90097-birding-through-the-seasons-winter-spring-monthly-birding-series

Happy new year...happy new job opportunities! Become part of Mass Audubon’s Cape Cod team and work in some of the most b...
01/02/2024

Happy new year...happy new job opportunities!
Become part of Mass Audubon’s Cape Cod team and work in some of the most beautiful locations in the region with fun, creative, and dedicated professionals. We currently have four open, year-round positions in administration, visitor services, education and property departments based out of Long Pasture and/or Wellfleet Bay. We also have several seasonal jobs available. Visit this weblink for a listing of all Cape-based open positions: https://www.massaudubon.org/jobs?jobs%5Blocations%5D%5B%5D=890&jobs%5Blocations%5D%5B%5D=897&jobs%5Bsubmit%5D=

The education team building the next generation of sea turtle rescuers with DY Middle Intermediate School 4th graders.
12/28/2023

The education team building the next generation of sea turtle rescuers with DY Middle Intermediate School 4th graders.

Nature Preschool welcomed a return of the light at the Solstice concert last night- a lovely annual tradition for our pr...
12/22/2023

Nature Preschool welcomed a return of the light at the Solstice concert last night- a lovely annual tradition for our preschoolers and families. Happy Solstice!

A little mud didn't stop our preschoolers from exploring today!
12/11/2023

A little mud didn't stop our preschoolers from exploring today!

Today, Mass Audubon educators gathered together at Long Pasture both in-person and virtually for the annual Statewide Ed...
12/06/2023

Today, Mass Audubon educators gathered together at Long Pasture both in-person and virtually for the annual Statewide Educators Meeting. The thoughtful agenda paired with creative colleagues (and the cold north winds off Barnstable Harbor) provided an invigorating day!

Short December days gives us the opportunity to catch more pink sunrises.
12/01/2023

Short December days gives us the opportunity to catch more pink sunrises.

Birding through the Seasons is back for 2024. This time you can join in for a session of 6 months or both sessions for a...
11/27/2023

Birding through the Seasons is back for 2024. This time you can join in for a session of 6 months or both sessions for a full year!

During 6 monthly outings at local birding hotspots, learn new skills and insights, while putting together a year-list of sightings throughout the seasons.

Buffleheads are back which means that winter is on the way! Buffleheads are the smallest diving ducks in North America. ...
11/10/2023

Buffleheads are back which means that winter is on the way! Buffleheads are the smallest diving ducks in North America. They nest in tree cavities near ponds and lakes in the boreal forests of Canada and Alaska and spend their winters near the coast in coves, harbors, estuaries and ponds. Their breeding range is largely influenced by the range of the Northern Flicker as Buffleheads use old flicker nesting cavities for their nests.

The male Bufflehead sports the white patch on the back of the head, while the female is gray-brown with a white patch on the cheek. (photo credits to Susan Wellington)

Think winter is a slow time for birding on Cape Cod? Think again! Migratory waterfowl, winter finches, and year-round residents provide plentiful birding opportunities in the colder months.

Cold-stunned sea turtle stranding season has started! It is off to a slow start, but early rescues like these often lead...
11/09/2023

Cold-stunned sea turtle stranding season has started! It is off to a slow start, but early rescues like these often lead to great outcomes as described by our partners at the New England Aquarium. Throughout the stranding season, Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay staff monitor wind and weather conditions and deploy trained and permitted volunteers to patrol beaches.

While we are not accepting additional volunteers at this time, if you find a stranded sea turtle on the beach please follow these steps:
* Do not put it back in the water.
* Move it above the high tide line carefully.
* Cover it completely with dry seaweed or wrack.
* Mark location with buoys, driftwood, or branches.
* Immediately call our hotline at 508-349-2615, Option 2.

Please note that it's illegal under both state and federal law to harass sea turtles or transport them without a permit. Additional details on sea turtles on Cape Cod can be found here: https://www.massaudubon.org/.../well.../projects/sea-turtles

11/06/2023
Salt Marsh Science at Barnstable Great Marsh with Sturgis West HS
11/02/2023

Salt Marsh Science at Barnstable Great Marsh with Sturgis West HS

November has blown in today, and will be bringing some new sights and sounds to our sanctuaries and backyards.  Keep you...
11/01/2023

November has blown in today, and will be bringing some new sights and sounds to our sanctuaries and backyards. Keep your eyes and ears open for some of these highlights this month. Be sure to let us know if you see any Snowy Owls!

Happy Halloween
10/31/2023

Happy Halloween

We’re excited to announce that the solar panels on Long Pasture’s newly opened Outdoor Teaching Pavilion area are now li...
10/05/2023

We’re excited to announce that the solar panels on Long Pasture’s newly opened Outdoor Teaching Pavilion area are now live and annually generating 13,000 kWh of clean energy!

Between the new panels and those on the roof of our Discovery Center, the sanctuary is now getting 100% of its electricity from solar power. We couldn’t have done it without the support of the Tern Foundation's TernSOLAR Challenge, which allowed us to solarize both buildings.

The TernSOLAR challenge grant program is designed to expand renewable energy use in Massachusetts communities, making solar technology more accessible to nonprofit organizations. Since 2010 the Tern Foundation has funded 25 solar projects and associated environmental education initiatives.

Happy October!
10/02/2023

Happy October!

This month, keep an eye out for chipmunks storing nuts, winter fowl arriving on the coast, and more! What are you looking forward to this October?

Download, print, and screen read here: https://bit.ly/3oPCr2e

Just to let everyone know, Barnstable Great Marsh Sanctuary will be closed to visitors today (9/27) and tomorrow (9/28) ...
09/22/2023

Just to let everyone know, Barnstable Great Marsh Sanctuary will be closed to visitors today (9/27) and tomorrow (9/28) due to driveway work. Thanks for your patience!

Edit: It will be Barnstable Great Marsh not Long Pasture that will be closed, and because of weather related delays work will now start today and possibly continue through Thursday.

With an approaching storm, it's good to stay close to the nest! Long Pasture's Discovery Center, trails and grounds will...
09/15/2023

With an approaching storm, it's good to stay close to the nest! Long Pasture's Discovery Center, trails and grounds will be closed tomorrow due to the forecast. If conditions allow, we'll re-open Sunday! (Photo courtesy of Kristin Foresto).

Been meaning to enter Mass Audubon's Photo Contest this year? The deadline is fast approaching! All entries must be in b...
09/14/2023

Been meaning to enter Mass Audubon's Photo Contest this year? The deadline is fast approaching! All entries must be in by September 30th so get those pictures ready! Entry details are here: https://www.massaudubon.org/programs-events/photo-contest (Belted Kingfisher photo courtesy of Sherri VandenAkker)

Don't forget! This coming Saturday at Long Pasture--a great day for grown-ups and kids. Ambassador wildlife at close ran...
09/07/2023

Don't forget! This coming Saturday at Long Pasture--a great day for grown-ups and kids. Ambassador wildlife at close range, lots of cool exhibits, food trucks, and from noon-1pm Dr. Greg Skomol will be signing copies of his brand new shark book! This event is free (although donations are appreciated!)

We're hiring! Work in one of the most beautiful spots on the Cape and become part of our Mass Audubon team at Long Pastu...
08/28/2023

We're hiring! Work in one of the most beautiful spots on the Cape and become part of our Mass Audubon team at Long Pasture and, occasionally, our sister sanctuary at Wellfleet Bay. We're looking for a program registrar and an administrative assistant/office manager--both benefits positions. Get the details! https://www.massaudubon.org/jobs?jobs%5Blocations%5D%5B%5D=890&jobs%5Bsubmit%5D=

On Tuesday, August 1st, from 9am-12noon, discover beautiful Barnstable Harbor on our next kayaking trip that also includ...
07/28/2023

On Tuesday, August 1st, from 9am-12noon, discover beautiful Barnstable Harbor on our next kayaking trip that also includes the Sandy Neck Barrier Beach and the winding creeks of the Great Barnstable Marsh. Our paddling trips are always led by an experienced naturalist who will point out and provide info on all the wildlife this area offers. Be sure to register now to save a spot!
https://www.massaudubon.org/programs/wellfleet-bay/88283-kayaking-cape-cod-sandy-neck-and-barnstable-harbor-barnstable

Address

345 Bone Hill Rd
Barnstable, MA
02637

Opening Hours

Tuesday 9am - 3pm
Wednesday 9am - 3pm
Thursday 9am - 3pm
Friday 9am - 3pm
Saturday 9am - 3pm

Telephone

+15083627475

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