The Thoreau Society and The Thoreau Farm Trust – The Thoreau Society and Thoreau Farm Trust Annual Fun-raising Auction
Auction Ends: Mar 29, 2023 10:00 PM EDT

Unique Experiences

Birding in the Footsteps of William Brewster, first president of Mass Audubon

Item Number
Estimated Value
$250 USD
$120 USD to cv56a968d
Number of Bids
3  -  Bid History

Item Description

A special opportunity to explore Brewster's Woods Wildlife Sanctuary, a 130-acre property along the banks of the Concord River, with Mass Audubon naturalists.  

This historic site was formerly part of the country homestead of William Brewster (1851-1919), an early leader in American ornithology and curator at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology—and the first President of Mass Audubon. 

The sanctuary is predominantly forested with extensive wetlands on the eastern side and smaller wetlands throughout. Two sizeable meadows provide some open habitat, while the floodplain forest along the Concord River hosts the most abundant natural diversity found on the property. A large riverside marsh was apparently created by William Brewster to provide habitat for ducks and other water birds. 

Brewster’s Woods and the adjacent October Farm Riverfront are terrific sites for birding and wildlife watching! Mass Audubon is in the process of developing a framework plan that will establish our goals for interpretation and education at Brewster's Woods, as well as ecological restoration and an expansion of the trail system for all to enjoy.


Purchase of this item supports Thoreau Farm Trust (TFT) and the preservation of Henry David Thoreau’s Birthplace.

Item Special Note

Limited to two people. Date and time of the walk to be mutually determined by the winning bidder and Renata Pomponi.


Expires 12/31/23.