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The Buzzards Bay Coalition releases an annual report to share our accomplishments from the past year with members and supporters. Read our latest annual report below to learn about the Coalition’s work to protect clean water in Buzzards Bay through advocacy, watershed protection, and community engagement.

The Buzzards Bay Coalition’s work to restore clean water, protect watershed lands, and engage the community is guided by a volunteer board of directors and carried out by a talented group of conservation professionals, as well as hundreds of dedicated volunteers. Get to know our board, leadership council, and staff below, and learn about opportunities to join our team.

During the colder months of the year, Buzzards Bay hosts some beautiful and wild guests from the north – seals. These playful mammals are delightful to see lounging on rocks and beaches along the Bay’s shoreline in winter.

The most common type of seal in Buzzards Bay is the harbor seal, which migrates from Maine and Canada to our warmer coastal waters from October to May. Grey seals also make an appearance in Buzzards Bay from time to time.

It’s exciting to see seals in winter. But there are a few things you should keep in mind so you and these animals stay safe and happy. Read on to learn five important tips for winter seal watching in Buzzards Bay.

2024 marks Chris Parks’ 20th Buzzards Bay Swim. We sat down with her to learn about her history with the Buzzards Bay Coalition and recount her favorite Swim stories.

Buzzards Bay Coalition has long been focused on protecting the unique landscape around Allens Pond. That work is not yet complete.

Please join us to learn about three farmland projects the Coalition is working on right now to further “fill-in” the mosaic of preserved lands from Slocums River to Allens Pond.

Please find a summary of the projects below, and click here to download a PDF version.

Barneys Joy Farms

Join us to celebrate alongside your friends and family, while engaging in awesome adventures and activities on and around Onset Bay! In your 2-hour session, you’ll be able to choose from our list of exciting activity offerings, bring up to 20 child participants (ages 5+) along for the fun, and finish the party with a snack or birthday dessert inside the center!

OBC staff will plan 60 minutes of adventure-packed fun for you and your party guests (up to 20 children). Participants must be age 5+. Parents, siblings, and other family members are welcome to enjoy the view from the center or beach, while participants are engaged in activities!

Beach Games:
Kick it at the beach with us! Play fun beach games with OBC staff, and challenge your friends to construct amazing sand castles and creations!

Paddle Parade:
Hop aboard our fleet of paddle craft (maybe kayaks or paddleboards)and paddle your way around the bay! Try your hand at shellfishing or crabbing while out on the bay!

Ahoy, Sailors!
Set sail with experienced instructors on our 10-person Drascombe Gig sailboat! Learn some sailing basics while exploring beautiful Onset Bay in a whole new way! Engage in shellfishing or crabbing while out on the bay! Limited to 10 participants, or up to 20 if the group is split.

Seaside Adventure:
Seek out shells and signs of sea life while we explore the sand and shallow waters, find ocean treasures, and create some of our own! This activity pairs exploration with a make & take, hands-on art or science project.

Activities will be mainly outdoors, but are subject to change based on weather and group size as determined by OBC staff.

Activities will be followed by the opportunity for food/dessert to be enjoyed in the center. OBC does not provide food, paper goods, or tablecloths.

Email to book!

When Selden Prentice and her husband wandered into the Horseneck Point Life-Saving Station over the summer, she was looking to learn more about a growing environmental issue in her Westport neighborhood. Prentice and her family had spent their summers in Westport since the early 1990s, but recently, the Washington state-based retired lawyer had learned that nitrogen pollution was worsening water quality in the nearby Westport River.

To her surprise, when Prentice brought up the issue with a Coalition staff member, they had a suggestion for how she might help: had she considered upgrading her septic system?

The Buzzards Bay Coalition occasionally produces special reports that share advocacy news, research highlights, and successes to protect and restore the Bay. Read our latest special reports below to learn more about the Coalition’s work to protect clean water in Buzzards Bay.