Date Of Visit: November 5, 2017
Location: Winslow Cemetery Rd, Marshfield, MA (about 30 minutes southwest of Boston, MA)
Hours: Trails are open dawn until dusk
Nonmembers: $3 adults, $2 children (2-12), & seniors (65+)
EBT Participants: Free for up to 4 people when you show your EBT card
Parking: There is a parking lot for about 15-20 cars.
Handicapped Accessible: No
Dog Friendly” No, Mass Audubon Parks do not allow pets
Trail Map: Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary Trail Map
Highlights: easy trails, scenic, foliage during the fall, wildlife, blinds to view animals, boardwalks over swamp lands
Tips: Although the website includes prices for admission, when I went tp the sanctuary there was no place to pay a fee
A Mass Audubon park, Daniel Webster is home to a variety of birds, winding trails and breathtaking views.
One of the many things that struck me about the park is just how set apart the park is from the hustle and bustle of the city. I’m so used to traveling to parks that are located next to busy roadways and busy areas. It is refreshing to be able to get away from the city without having to travel too far.
Daniel Webster Sanctuary was still holding on to some of the foliage that it is known for.
There are several bird feeders throughout the park, mostly at the entrance to the park. The bird feeders attract a variety of birds and other critters. Turtles, frogs and other mammals populate the sanctuary. Northern harriers, an eastern coyote and a white-tailed deer are also known to visit the sanctuary.
These unusual bird feeders are designed to feed Purple Martins. The small enclosures and the overall design is meant to protect the birds from other predators like the harrier hawks that hunt the area.
There are two blinds and the main entrance building from where you can photograph wildlife and nature in peace and quiet.
The trails at Daniel Webster are easy with a few gentle inclines. There are also a few boardwalks which take you over red maple swamps to some areas with pretty views. I especially like how the leaves on the ground and the way the trees and their branches almost made some of the trails seem like they were tunnels. There are 5 walking trail loops at the park with 3.5 miles of trails in total and arounf every turn is another beautiful view.
Below is a video of one of the residents at the park at Daniel Webster Sanctuary from ( a weasel) removing one off her babies from a shelter. The video is from the Youtube account of Migration Productions. They have some wonderful videos.