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Wildlife at Mount Auburn: Winter Birding

December 26, 2017

Winter is an ideal time to get familiar with the year-round resident birds of Mount Auburn. If you are a beginner birder this time of year offers the opportunity to see and hear the common birds of the area without the distractions of migrants or foliage on the trees.

Photo by Al Parker, Mount Auburn Security

Photo by Al Parker, Mount Auburn Security

During the winter months, in addition to Sparrows, Blue Jays, Robins, Cardinals and Crows, you might see a Great Blue Heron, a Cooper’s Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk or a Red-tailed Hawk and possibly a Great Horned Owl or a Screech Owl.

Photo by Al Parker, Mount Auburn Security

There is also the potential for seeing any of the following birds here during the winter months: American Kestrel, White-breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, European Starling, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Hooded Merganser, House Finch, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-winged Blackbird, Tufted Titmouse, White-throated Sparrow and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.

Join us for a Winter Birding Walk!

Leave a Lasting Legacy

December 18, 2017

Including the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery in your will or estate plan is a simple way to make a meaningful contribution to this treasured organization. A bequest is a gift made to Mount Auburn through your will or trust at the time of your passing. A bequest is also an extraordinary demonstration of commitment that costs you nothing in your lifetime, all while supporting public education, the care of the horticultural collection, preservation and conservation, enhancements to the landscape, and protection of wildlife habitat. Your bequest language can specify how your gift will be used by Mount Auburn upon receipt.

How You Benefit

*Planned gifts come out of your assets at the time of your death and therefore do not diminish your current income

*You may alter your bequest or trust designation at any time

*Your bequest or trust designation is entirely free from federal estate taxes, whereas if it were left to an individual, a significant amount might go to federal estate taxes

*You receive immediate benefits as a member of the Remembrance Society, such as invitations to private receptions, recognition in the Annual Report, and more

How It Works

*Notify Mount Auburn of your intent by calling 617.607.1949

*Include a bequest provision in your will or revocable trust (see sample text below)

*Upon your passing, the Friends of Mount Auburn receives the bequest you specified

Types of Bequests

Cash Bequest
Mount Auburn receives a specific dollar amount from your estate

Residuary Bequest
Mount Auburn receives all or a percentage of the remainder of your estate after the payment of any specific bequests and expenses

Retirement Plan
Mount Auburn is designated as a beneficiary of the remainder of your IRA or qualified pension

Life Insurance
Mount Auburn is designated as a beneficiary or owner of your life insurance policy

Sample Bequest Language to review with your estate planning professional

The following language in your will would create such a gift: “I give the sum of ______________dollars ($___________) [or ____________% of my estate] [or description of securities or other property] to the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery, a federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) with offices at 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. This gift is unrestricted [or a specific designation].

The Remembrance Society

The Remembrance Society was established to honor those who choose to include Mount Auburn in their will and/or estate planning. Members enjoy a variety of benefits in gratitude for their generosity, such as invitations to private receptions, recognition in the Annual Report, and more. Please contact Jude Bedel, Director of Individual Giving at 617.607.1949 or jbedel@mountauburn.org for more information.

Council of Visitors

December 18, 2017

Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Council of Visitors is comprised of Cemetery friends, leaders in horticulture, historic preservation, educational programming, landscape enhancement, and community leaders who support the Cemetery in accomplishing its mission and maintaining the highest standards of excellence.  Learn more about the Council of Visitors.


Mount Auburn Cemetery Council of Visitors 2018

Caroline Mortimer, Co-Chair

Franklin A. Reece III, Co-Chair

John Airasian, Founding Member

Jane M. Carroll, Founding Member

Susan W. Paine, Founding Member

Helen Abrams

Rowena Alston

Peter W. Ambler

Melissa Banta

Elizabeth E. Barker

Claude Benoit

Stephanie Berk

Willa Bodman

Virginia J. Brady

Joanna H. Breyer

Cindy Brockway

Eliza E. Burden

W. Douglas Burden

Sharon Bushnell

Thomas N. Byrne

Patricia Capone

Sue Carlson

Bill Clendaniel

Elizabeth Coxe

David B. Dearinger

Peter Del Tredici

Geri Denterlein

Alan J. Dworsky

Suzanne R. Dworsky

Suzanne W. Dworsky

Alan Emmet

Karen Falb

Peter Falb

David Forney

Marjorie Gerdine

Philip Gerdine

Liz Goodfellow Zagoroff

Patricia N. Grandieri

Noah Griffin

Craig Halvorson

Eileen Harrington

Jonathan Hecht

John Hemenway

Lt. Col. David Hencke

Peter Hiam

Susan Hockfield

Richard M. Hunt

Nora Huvelle

Bruce Irving

Ann Holton Jenne

Laura Johnson

Wendall Kalsow

Stephen Kendrick

Joseph Koerner

Clare Walker Leslie

Jane Levitt

Caleb Loring III

Lauren MacCarthy

Joe Martinez

Brooks Mathewson

Roberto Mighty

Julie Moir Messervy

Kyra Montagu

Marian Morash

Russell Morash

Keith Morgan

Anthony Morris

Susan Morris

Jeffrey H. Munger

H. Betsy Munzer

Mark Kimball Nichols

Herb Nolan

Denise Pappas

Erik Park

Wayne Petersen

Donald Pfister

Stephen Pinkerton

Frances Pratt

Harold I. Pratt

Pat Pratt

Nancy Rappaport

Marilyn Richardson

Charles Rosenberg

David Russo

Alison Sander

Julia Sheehan

E. Denise Simmons

Deborah L. Smith

Sherley G. Smith

Rosemarie Smurzynski

James Storey

Patty Straus

Bob Stymeist

Ruth Thomasian

Claudia Thompson

Kate Thompson

Pam Turner

Liz Vizza

Matt Walter

Mary Webb

Jason Weeks

Charlie Welch

Richard Willis

Rosemary Wilson

Elizabeth Wylde

What is the Council of Visitors?

December 11, 2017

The Council of Visitors (COV) at Mount Auburn Cemetery is an advisory body, comprised of Cemetery friends, leaders in horticulture, landscape enhancement, historic preservation, wildlife, educational programming, as well as community leaders, dedicated to supporting and advancing Mount Auburn’s mission and highest standards of excellence. The Council acts as informed advisors on issues of strategic importance through active membership, and serve as a vital resource by volunteering leadership, expertise, and financial support. COV members also act as ambassadors and promote the interests of Mount Auburn Cemetery nationwide.

Members of the Council of Visitors are selected and invited by Mount Auburn leadership to serve terms of three years. Terms are renewable at the discretion of Mount Auburn leadership. They are selected based on their individual interests, vision, special expertise, and dedication to the advancement of Mount Auburn. A Chairman and a Vice Chairman are elected by Cemetery leadership.

The COV will receive regular reports on recent and upcoming major projects and new initiatives, financial conditions, fundraising reports, strategic plan updates, and other emerging topics. Members are encouraged to comment upon and advise on these and related matters. They are called upon by the Cemetery for informal advice or ad hoc assignments, and are invited to participate in occasional task forces and other special opportunities. While Mount Auburn invites, and welcomes, members’ philanthropic support, there are no giving requirements attached to the Council, nor are there any governance responsibilities.

The COV meets once each year for approximately one-half day in length. On Thursday, October 19, members attended the 6th annual Council of Visitors meeting with keynote speaker Ellen Goodman, award winning journalist and syndicated columnist, who founded “The Conversation Project.” As integral Mount Auburn community leaders, the Council will be invited to all Mount Auburn events, meetings, lectures, exhibits, concerts, and functions.

For more information on the COV or joining this important group of ambassadors, please contact Jude Bedel, Director of Individual Giving at 617.607.1949 or jbedel@mountauburn.org.