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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Environmental Education, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: BEAT’s mission is to protect the environment for wildlife in support of the natural world that sustains us all. BEAT involves volunteers in citizen-science wildlife monitoring programs, Stream Continuity Surveying, Turtle Watch, Salamander Watch, and Vernal Pool Certifying. BEAT maintains an educational website - http://www.thebeatnews.org - where people can learn more about the environmental laws, BEAT activities, issues, and events, and how they can participate in protecting the environment.

Results: BEAT publishes a free, weekly e-newsletter with environmental news, calendar, and public notices. Hundreds of volunteers actively working to protect the environment! Miles of river cleaned. Riverside conservation land protected from being turned into a parking lot. Riverside waste transfer station stopped. Stream crossings surveyed and evaluated to prioritize for replacement to help fish move upstream under roads.

Target demographics: the environment & wildlife

Geographic areas served: the Berkshires

Programs: Being an environmental watchdog - keeping the environmental community connected and informed - promoting environmental stewardship with river cleanups, monitoring wildlife habitat, and working to help wildlife cross roads where it is most critical.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

BEAT has been invaluable to me as a landowner in Sandisfield fighting the Kinder Morgan pipeline project - this organization has educated me, fought alongside the community of Sandisfield - priceless resource.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have always appreciated and been concerned about our natural environment. I recycle, I conserve, I "carry in / carry out", but I became an "accidental activist" when Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co proposed adding a new natural gas pipeline to the existing 2 lines, which are less than 300 feet from my house! BEAT has been incredibly helpful and supportive in so many ways - getting the word out, educating about the dangers, exploring effective strategies, doing research, applying political pressure (just to name a few). I just can't express how valuable working with BEAT on this issue has been. THANK YOU!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beat is one of, if not the only genuinely concerned organization in Western Massachusetts. Their concern for the environment is a comfort in knowing there are still organizations out there who are protecting the environment for our future and our children's future. I am proud of their efforts and dedication in educating the public on the impact of fracked gas. Their knowledge is disarming.