Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary on the Dartmouth/Westport line has several spring events in the works.


Coastal Waterbird Volunteer Day

Saturday, March 31

Join Mass Audubon’s Coastal Waterbird Team as they erect fencing along the sanctuary’s beachfront, where the nesting the Piping Plover, Least Tern and American Oystercatcher nest. The fencing helps protect fragile nesting sites from visitors walking too close to nests. The project involves using a mallet, carrying fence poles and walking a long distance over uneven terrain. An expert will guide and explain nesting biology to volunteers as well. Bring water, snacks and your own lunch and join for a picnic after the work. The program meets at the field station, 1280 Horseneck Road. More information is available by contacting property manager Lauren Miller-Donnelly at or (508) 636-2437.


Osprey Nest Checks-a field experience

Sunday, April 14, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Help check osprey nests for occupancy and incubating birds in both branches of the Westport River. Meet at the Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary field station, 1280 Horseneck Road, then depart in vehicles with one team working from the roadside viewing points along the East Branch of the Westport River and the other team doing the same on the West Branch. Families are welcome to take part in this learning experience. More information is available by contacting sanctuary director Gina Purtell at Registration is required.


Statewide Volunteer Day

Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Got the winter blues? Plan to participate in Mass Audubon’s Statewide Volunteer Day. Spend the morning helping one of 17 wildlife sanctuaries get a jump on spring cleaning while you reconnect with nature. Family and friends are invited. Registration is required.