Welcome!

ABNC is an active group of people sharing an appreciation of nature’s many forms. We have birders, geologists, star watchers, and plant enthusiasts — a full spectrum of interests. If you have an interest in nature, whether a beginner or experienced observer, we welcome you.

Join us at our meetings, field trips, and institutes where you will find a friendly reception and people with similar interests. There are a lot of exciting programs scheduled for the months ahead–check our event schedule, or come by for a visit!

The Athol Bird and Nature Club maintains the Millers River Environmental Center.

The Center is currently not wheel-chair accessible. A multifront plan for a replacement is underway. Athol voters will have a chance to support the lift replacement at the June 11 Town Meeting at 7:00 pm.  Concurrently a crowdfunding matching grant will launch on May 1st. Stay tuned for details. Sorry for any inconvenience and we hope for a positive resolution soon.

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Millers River Environmental Center Accessibility Improvements

mt-auburn-cemetary-concord-ma-2010-aa.jpgWe have an exciting opportunity as Mass Development through Patronicity has approved a matching grant, which means if we can raise #10,000 by June 30th they will match the $10,000 totaling $20,000 to use to improve the Center. Please dig deep into your pockets and give what you can this ambitious project.  Every bit contributes to a bright future for the preservation of our club, and the community’s natural history.

For more information and to Donate online go: to www.patronicity.com/EnvironmentalCenter

Great news in our effort to secure a new lift and other upgrades to the Millers River Environmental Center.  First, thank you to the Town of Athol voters who authorized $64,000 for the bulk of the lift replacement. We have also just exceeded our $10,000 match with Massworks/ Patronicity so they will be adding an additional $10,000 to our capital campaign. The only downside is we didn’t get a grant I applied for from the Boynton Foundation which I was hoping would give us an additional $10,000 to help replace the other doors at the Center.

Let’s keep the momentum going. We still have 10 days left until we wrap up the campaign. We currently stand at $14,215 can we get to $17,000 by June 30th? If you were waiting to see if we were going to make the match, wait no more and please send in your contributions. 

Thanks to everyone who have generously given to the campaign. It is heartwarming to read the notes and speak to many of you about your connections to ABNC and the Main Street School.

Maintaining and improving the building will provide us with the opportunity to expand our programming for our growing membership base and the broader community.  As the landscape of our town changes, it is important to preserve that which made us who we are.  Our natural history is what makes our region beautifully unique.

Donate online @ www.patronicity.com/EnvironmentalCenter
Or send a check to “ABNC” 100 Main Street Athol Ma 01331 please put “lift” on the memo line

Recently while hosting a large group of Scout’s I noticed a distracted grandmother in the crowd.  As everyone got settled in and the program began, she continued to wander the room looking at the plaques on the wall.  As a fellow grandparent, this piqued my curiosity.  I wondered what she was searching for.  Later I heard her proudly telling her grandchildren and some of the other young boys that her name was on one of the birdwatching plaques from when she was in middle school.  She went on to tell them stories about being in Bob Coyle’s classroom as a student, which always brings back fond memories for me.

A few months ago, one of our board members met an elderly couple who had attended elementary school in the building.  They politely asked for a tour, and we were happy to oblige.  They marveled at the building and shared memories from when they attended school here.  They had a wonderful stroll down memory lane and we were happy that we could make that happen for them.  Stories like these make up our history as a community.  A rich history that can be preserved and shared through the upkeep of our building.

As our founding members age, and club membership grows, we want to ensure the vitality of the club and the center for generations to come.  We have been plugging away at small projects to improve the building, and now we are embarking on a large project that will need your support to see it through to completion.  The board of directors has been working diligently to find and secure funding for this project.

  • Completion of Lift Project
  • Community Art Mural,
  • MREC Sign at front entryway,
  • Facade Painting and Improvements, &
  • New front entry door

Maintaining and improving the building will provide us with the opportunity to expand our programming for our growing membership base and the broader community.  As the landscape of our town changes, it is important to preserve that which made us who we are.  Our natural history is what makes our region beautifully unique.

Donate online @ www.patronicity.com/EnvironmentalCenter

Or send a check in any amount to “ABNC” 100 Main Street Athol Ma 01331  please put “lift” on memo line  Athol residents are also encouraged to show your support for this project at the June 11 Town Meeting.