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.
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Speak for the trees!  What a great book.
04/22/2020

Speak for the trees! What a great book.

TOMORROW! Cozy up and get ready for storytime, 'cause I'll be reading "The Lorax" on my Instagram live in celebration of Earth Day. Tune in at 12pm PDT/ 3pm EDT. #PenguinRandomHousePartner

04/22/2020
Monson Free Library and Reading Room Association

Happy Earth Day!

Welcome to another Story Time at Home with Miss Sandy. Today we are reading Micha Archer's book, Daniel Finds a Poem, to celebrate Earth Day and National Poetry Month.
There is a craft idea at the end of the story that is easy to do at home.

Check out this weeks episode of the NOFA/Mass podcast with Dan Jaffe Wilder speaking about native plants and their role ...
04/13/2020
NOFA/Mass podcast: Season 3. Ep. 4. Native Plants for Pollinators!

Check out this weeks episode of the NOFA/Mass podcast with Dan Jaffe Wilder speaking about native plants and their role on the landscape!

This week on the NOFA/Mass Podcast we are talking about how to get your garden space buzzing with native plants that attract and support our favorite little buddies pollinators! Caro is back as my co-host to chat with me about bringing in native plants and her experience with growing them. We will a...

Here come the hummngbirds!  Let us know when you see yours!
04/11/2020

Here come the hummngbirds! Let us know when you see yours!

They're coming! Get those hummingbird feeders ready!

Holland Trails Committee
04/09/2020

Holland Trails Committee

Let’s Clean Up Holland through April! Something positive to do while we have extra time... either on your walks, or on your mission...

This post will stay at the top of this fb page for participants to easily log where you are cleaning up litter in town, Please add a photo of your work.

Please bring your own bags, if you need some, let me know. Please dispose of filled bags in your own trash, if you cannot do that then call Anne Hall at 413-245-4197 to make arrangements to get rid of it.

Social distancing is still imperative.

If someone runs into a situation [such as an excessive amount of trash in one place or many discarded trash bags etc…] then they should notify the Highway Department to pick it up, (not the Police) Highway Dept: 245-3276

As far as any needles found, do not pick them up unless you are wearing gloves and have a sharps container to put them in. Call Anne at 245-4197 and note the location and mark it somehow.

This hand painted butterfly kite will chanced to one very lucky participant!

Sanguinaria canadensis, bloodrootPhoto by Dan Jaffe Wilder
04/08/2020

Sanguinaria canadensis, bloodroot

Photo by Dan Jaffe Wilder

03/31/2020

While the trails at Norcross remain closed, please remember that where ever you hike you should 1. Watch out for ticks. They are out. Be careful! 2. Carry In, Carry Out - We picked up two bags of trash this morning along a seldom used trail in Holland. Thanks! And wash your hands!

Shortia along the brook in the Circle Garden...coming soon!
03/22/2020

Shortia along the brook in the Circle Garden...coming soon!

03/21/2020
Funky American Woodcock

While our lives are temporarily on hold, don't forget that it is spring. The peepers are peeping. The skunk cabbage is blooming. The vernal pools are awake. And that young forest emerging from the tornado? Great place to watch the dance of the Timberdoodle!

This male American woodcock has some glide in his stride and some dip in his hip. Here he is performing an early morning "sky dance" to woo the woodcock ladi...

03/17/2020

The Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary museums and trails are closed.

03/14/2020

Just a reminder, the winter lecture that was scheduled for today (Saturday) has been cancelled.

03/12/2020

Due to an abundance of caution, Norcross will be cancelling the last two lectures of our series - You, Me & Climate Change and Bare Trees & Naked Shrubs. Hope to reschedule soon!

Thank you to our generous guests at the lecture today- three full boxes for the food pantry!  If you are interested in t...
03/07/2020
Dan Jaffe Landscape Consultation and Photography | Native Plants

Thank you to our generous guests at the lecture today- three full boxes for the food pantry! If you are interested in the e-handout from "design-less gardening" it can be found here:
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

Ecological Landscape Alliance
02/27/2020

Ecological Landscape Alliance

Did you know that skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) is capable of producing heat? It does this in order to attract pollinators during the cool nights of late winter/ early spring. Fly’s will often spend the night in the flower coating themselves in pollen. The next night they can transfer that pollen to a new flower when looking for a warm place to spend the night.

From our friends at the Ernestina-Morrissey Association.  This is the schooner that Mr. Norcross made 3 Arctic voyages o...
02/26/2020
Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association

From our friends at the Ernestina-Morrissey Association. This is the schooner that Mr. Norcross made 3 Arctic voyages on with Captain Bob Bartlett.

Let's get Ernestina-Morrissey launched and sailing again!

Mass Audubon has just released the sixth edition of Losing Ground: Nature's Value in a Changing Climate.
02/19/2020
Mass Audubon's Losing Ground 2020 Report

Mass Audubon has just released the sixth edition of Losing Ground: Nature's Value in a Changing Climate.

Over the past 50 years, the landscape of Massachusetts has been transformed by new residential and commercial development. Mass Audubon has analyzed these changes every 5 years using the most up-to-date technology and methods to provide conservationists, town planners, and agencies with information....

02/19/2020

Looking for something to do this Saturday? Come to Norcross to learn more about the New Jersey Pine Barrens! Wondering why the Pine Barrens? Mr. Norcross was fascinated with the unique flora of this habitat, and created gardens here to support these (some rare) species. https://www.facebook.com/events/567948677391211/

Don't forget your canned good for the food pantry. Thank you!

We are collecting donations for the food pantry at our winter lectures this year.  Not a bad haul for the first two talk...
02/11/2020

We are collecting donations for the food pantry at our winter lectures this year. Not a bad haul for the first two talks! Remember, the Sanctuary will be closed this Saturday for Presidents' Day. Our next lecture is February 22nd with Uli Lormier from Native Plant Trust who will be talking about the Pine Barrens. Don't forget your canned goods!

Happy New Year!
01/01/2020

Happy New Year!

12/20/2019

Happy Holidays! The Sanctuary will be closed on December 24, 25, 31 & January 1.

Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary's cover photo
12/14/2019

Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary's cover photo

How flowers adapt to their pollinators
12/10/2019
How flowers adapt to their pollinators

How flowers adapt to their pollinators

Flowering plants are characterized by an astonishing diversity of flowers of different shapes and sizes. This diversity has arisen in adaptation to selection imposed by different pollinators including, among others, bees, flies, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats or rodents. Although several studies ha...

Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary's cover photo
12/07/2019

Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary's cover photo

Mr. Arthur D. Norcross made 3 arctic voyages on this schooner with Captain Bob Bartlett in the 1930's.
12/06/2019
Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association

Mr. Arthur D. Norcross made 3 arctic voyages on this schooner with Captain Bob Bartlett in the 1930's.

SUPPORT THE RETURN OF THE HISTORIC ERNESTINA-MORRISSEY TODAY!

What tracks have you seen in the snow?
12/05/2019

What tracks have you seen in the snow?

Let it snow! If you see animal tracks in fresh snow this winter, look at the shape, size, and track pattern to help make the ID. ❄️🐾

11/27/2019

The Sanctuary will be closing at 2pm on Wednesday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday and resume our regular hours on Tuesday, December 3rd at 9am. Have a happy, safe and warm weekend!

Otters are quite amusing to watch, and are the largest member of the weasel family in Massachusetts (yes, they are bigge...
11/20/2019

Otters are quite amusing to watch, and are the largest member of the weasel family in Massachusetts (yes, they are bigger than the fisher!).

River otters are carnivorous and their favorite food is fish! They will also consume crayfish, snakes, frogs, insects, crustaceans, amphibians, and mammals. Learn more: bit.ly/2Ot7xGW

U.S. State Department - OES
11/09/2019

U.S. State Department - OES

Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) is celebrated in Mexico October 31 – November 2, which coincides with the arrival of Monarch butterflies at their overwintering grounds in Mexico. These #pollinators are believed by some to hold the spirits of departed loved ones returning for the celebrations, and the butterflies are often represented in costumes and decorations.

The Wales Food Pantry assists our neighbors in the towns of Wales, Holland & Brimfield.  Good on you, Troop 765!
11/08/2019

The Wales Food Pantry assists our neighbors in the towns of Wales, Holland & Brimfield. Good on you, Troop 765!

Boy Scout Troop 765 of Wales will be holding a food drive to help support the Wales Food Pantry this Sunday. Your donation(s) are much appreciated! A big thank you to Troop 765 for supporting our local food pantry... keep up the good work!
Chief Dessert

11/06/2019

We're currently putting together our winter lecture series, stay tuned! If you have an idea for a program or a suggestion for a speaker, let us know.

10/25/2019

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have to cancel the Walker Homestead Tour (10/26). We will reschedule in the spring.

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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