They deducted $20.00 from my card January 16th but I still haven't gotten anything in the mail. There is a disclaimer on the website that it may takes 4-6 weeks for the magazine to arrive, but I'm more interested in the membership itself. I'm sure I'll enjoy the magazine of course, but it would be nice to have access to members-only birding areas and other perks.
I decided to do a Google search on "audubon membership" to see if I could start making sense of things. The first listing was for Audubon.org but the link was broken. The second listing was for the Massachusetts chapter, specifically the Benefits page. This helped clear things up tremendously. This membership was $44 by contrast and clearly stated the four primary benefits:
- Free admission to 45 wildlife sanctuaries statewide (it even lists Drumlin Farm in Lincoln and Wellfleet Bay- two areas I would love to have access to and have been too cheap in the past to pay for)
- Free color guide to the Massachusetts sanctuaries
- Free subscription to Sanctuary magazine and the Connections newsletter
- Members-only discounts on programs, special events and at the gift shops
The national website on the other hand lists these vague benefits:
- "A nationwide network of chapters" Um, don't I have the same level of access to these chapters by searching "audubon membership" in Google?
- "Audubon Sanctuaries and Nature Centers are found at 100 spectacular sites across the nation" Again, this says nothing about access and I could find information about them just as easily by going directly to the Mass Audubon Society website, which seems to be the only way to get free access to Massachusetts sanctuaries.
I won't go into the rest of the list since they're just more of the same. You can visit the page yourself to read the complete list. Let me know if you can decipher their vague language and let me know if I missed anything here.
I'm a little disappointed that I didn't play closer attention to what I was doing, but when I first scanned the list of benefits I assumed everything was ship-shape. It was Audubon.org- I trusted that was what I needed and would cover my Mass membership as well. Live and learn.
I'll let you know when I start receiving Audubon Magazine. I browsed a little bit of the current issue online and despite having to register for a Mass membership separately, I'm still glad that I'll be receiving the national magazine.