Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary Massachusetts based Sanctuary for wildlife - flora and fauna
Managed by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation of NY, the Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary in south central Massachusetts is a place where wild things can survive and thrive. Visitors are welcome to partake in a walk among our trails, visit a garden featuring native plants or attend a lecture to learn more about the natural environment that surrounds us.

The Mountain Laurel is blooming!
06/20/2019

The Mountain Laurel is blooming!

A few of the blooms along our trails.  Visit our website for a complete bloom list.
06/07/2019

A few of the blooms along our trails. Visit our website for a complete bloom list.

06/07/2019
Watch for turtles on the road

Watch for turtles!

From mid-May to early July, thousands of turtles throughout Massachusetts travel from their winter retreats to new areas to find food and nest. You may find ...

06/07/2019
BBC Radio 4

Always thought fireflies were fun and interesting.

Q: HOW amazing are fireflies?
A: Extremely. 💡

Another stunning animation from BBC World Service.

The yellow lady's slippers are blooming!  That's not all, for a complete list of what's in bloom visit our website: www....
05/31/2019

The yellow lady's slippers are blooming! That's not all, for a complete list of what's in bloom visit our website: www.norcrosswildlife.org. Come and see them all while you can!

Did you know that we have a new and improved Boardwalk?  It was installed late last year by the great folks at Conservat...
05/30/2019

Did you know that we have a new and improved Boardwalk? It was installed late last year by the great folks at Conservation Works. Come by for a visit and let us know what you think about the updated trails, updated directional and informational signage and spring's bounty of native plants in one or all of our habitat gardens.
And because someone asked, while we are a non-profit org able and grateful to accept donations, our trails and programs are generally free of charge.
Hope to see you soon.

Thanks, Scott, for sharing this photo with us!
05/29/2019

Thanks, Scott, for sharing this photo with us!

Have you ever seen dusky salamander eggs? Great find out in Brimfield, MA. Thanks to our friends at Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary for sharing this photo.

Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary's cover photo
05/24/2019

Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary's cover photo

05/24/2019

Check out these photos from the trails.

Celebrating the greatest of all pollinators—bees.
05/21/2019
Celebrating the greatest of all pollinators—bees

Celebrating the greatest of all pollinators—bees.

When animals and insects pick up the pollen of flowers and spread it, they allow plants, including many food crops, to reproduce. Birds, rodents, monkeys and even people pollinate, but the most common pollinators are insects, and among them, bees.

Today, we want to offer our congratulations to our friends and colleagues at Opacum Land Trust on this outstanding oppor...
05/17/2019

Today, we want to offer our congratulations to our friends and colleagues at Opacum Land Trust on this outstanding opportunity. We strongly support their efforts and hope the citizens of Holland, MA will vote to proceed with this important acquisition of open space.

Great news, folks! In addition to the LAND grant awarded to the Town of Holland from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the Sichol project (our first), we have just been informed that the US Forest Service is also awarding a grant for this project! Opacum is thrilled to be partnering with the Town of Holland. Please come out on May 21st to voice your support at Town meeting for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Trillium_rugelii photo by Dan Jaffe
05/16/2019

Trillium_rugelii photo by Dan Jaffe

Steven's Brook is a real gem!
05/07/2019

Steven's Brook is a real gem!

We also had the opportunity to help identify #salamander eggs and spotted several #vernalpools. Thanks to #opacumlandtrust #opacum

Thalictrum thalictroidies, rue anemone.  Photo by Dan Jaffe.
05/04/2019

Thalictrum thalictroidies, rue anemone. Photo by Dan Jaffe.

Our weekly bloomlist is now online: www.norcrosswildlife.orgHere is a peek at what you can see along our trails.  Photos...
05/03/2019

Our weekly bloomlist is now online: www.norcrosswildlife.org
Here is a peek at what you can see along our trails. Photos by Dan Jaffe

Shortia along the brook in the Circle Garden
04/30/2019

Shortia along the brook in the Circle Garden

It's hard to see in these photos, but there are a group of six deer that frequent the Pocket.  Yesterday, they were hang...
04/26/2019

It's hard to see in these photos, but there are a group of six deer that frequent the Pocket. Yesterday, they were hanging out by the brook in a stand of Multiflora Rose and were browsing on the soft, new leaves, very carefully avoiding the large thorns on the stalks.

Celebrate trees today!
04/26/2019

Celebrate trees today!

Happy Arbor Day!

Today marks the 147th anniversary of Arbor Day, America's oldest environmental holiday. Arbor Day is a unique holiday because it focuses on the future, not the past.

The time for trees is now, so let's go plant some trees!

04/25/2019

Have you heard the toads trilling?

04/20/2019

The garden is waking up! Come for a visit next week. Happy Easter!

Very thoughtful piece.  Raises some good questions.
04/17/2019
Rethinking Black Locust - Ecological Landscape Alliance

Very thoughtful piece. Raises some good questions.

by Dan Jaffe While there are about as many definitions of “invasive species” out there as there are definitions for “native species,” they all agree on a few basic principles: An invasive species is a non-indigenous species, introduced outside of its natural range (either intentionally or un...

The trails are now open!  Tuesday-Saturday 9am-4pm.  Our first bloom list of the season will be out soon- we've seen hep...
04/16/2019

The trails are now open! Tuesday-Saturday 9am-4pm. Our first bloom list of the season will be out soon- we've seen hepatica, bloodroot, Pensylvannia sedge and spring beauty. More is in bud, come for a visit.

The Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary welcomes Dan Jaffe to the horticultural staff.  Dan is a skilled plantsman and native pl...
04/10/2019
Dan Jaffe Landscape Consultation and Photography | Native Plants

The Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary welcomes Dan Jaffe to the horticultural staff. Dan is a skilled plantsman and native plant expert. We hope you will look forward to seeing him in the garden!
https://www.dantjaffe.com/

The homepage of author, photographer and landscape consultant Dan Jaffe Native Plants Foraging and Cultivation of Wild Foods Nature Photography Landscape Consultations

Our program today on invasive species still has space, so if you are interested, come on over!  Here is a great resource...
04/06/2019

Our program today on invasive species still has space, so if you are interested, come on over! Here is a great resource for children about invasive species (or if you are an adult who likes to color). April is invasive species awareness month!

🐢 Tucker the Turtle wants to tell you how non-native invasive species are affecting his home! Beautiful children's book by Potomac Highlands Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area: https://hubs.ly/H0hf7Lx0 #PlayCleanGo

Our smallest vernal pool here at Norcross is the first to have egg masses from spotted salamanders!
04/03/2019

Our smallest vernal pool here at Norcross is the first to have egg masses from spotted salamanders!

This topic affects all who have and use electric lighting, so it seems to rise to the level of sharing. Leave us a comme...
03/28/2019
America’s Light Bulb Revolution

This topic affects all who have and use electric lighting, so it seems to rise to the level of sharing.
Leave us a comment and let us know if you would like to see more articles on topics like this.

Light bulbs are helping to reshape America’s energy economy right now. But the Trump administration could slow the pace of the transformation.

Great article about our recent speaker, Matt Burne, and vernal pools!
03/19/2019

Great article about our recent speaker, Matt Burne, and vernal pools!

Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary's cover photo
03/19/2019

Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary's cover photo

Spring is just around the corner...
03/16/2019

Spring is just around the corner...

Spring amphibian migrations begin in eastern Massachusetts. On March 16, spotted salamanders, blue-spotted salamanders, wood frogs and spring peepers were seen in small numbers heading towards vernal pools. This movement is just the start. Be careful of amphibians on roadways on rainy nights.

"Marie  Peary Stafford's Journal"
03/12/2019
"Marie  Peary Stafford's Journal"

"Marie  Peary Stafford's Journal"

                Mother and I were thrilled when we woke up, to find it was a clear, sunny day and all our packing having been finished the night before, we were ready for an eight thirty breakfast.  We were down in the lobby when Mary appeared on the run, and so excited that she coul...

We have also had a few call recently regarding Barred Owls
03/09/2019
The Bird Store and More

We have also had a few call recently regarding Barred Owls

I’ve had 3 reports of owls just this morning. Check out this information

Looking forward to the talk on Vernal Pools this afternoon!
03/09/2019

Looking forward to the talk on Vernal Pools this afternoon!

Thinking of pudgy little salamanders on this cold, cold day. Daylight's coming back, little buddy. We'll be seeing you soon!

03/01/2019

3/2 Lecture on Land of 1000 Cairns has been postponed until April 27th.

Address

30 Peck Rd
Wales, MA
01081

General information

THE NORCROSS WILDLIFE SANCTUARY was established in 1939 by Arthur D. Norcross. Its present area comprises approximately 8,000 acres of wooded hills, lakes and streams managed for the benefit of native flora and fauna. Approximately 75 acres are available for the general public to enjoy in the form of trails, gardens and museums. It is maintained by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation, Inc. whose purpose is the conservation of wildlife and the active practice of conservation. This includes the collection and propagation of wild plants, the preservation of birds and all forms of animal wildlife and the conservation of land and water. It is the aim of the Norcross Wildlife Foundation to engage in and foster education, research, and training in conservation. The Foundation also works with and supports other groups and individuals interested in natural history and other forms of wildlife conservation.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(413) 267-9654

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