Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Announcements and Special Events

The Friends of Parker River NWR is pleased to offer the following free programs, appropriate for both beginning and intermediate birders and anyone interested in experiencing the beauty and diversity of wildlife on the refuge.
 
Introduction to Birdwatching Lecture
Friday, June 3
7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Format: via Zoom
 
Introduction to Birdwatching Field Trip
Sunday, June 5
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Place: Hellcat Wildlife Observation Area (refuge parking lot #4)
 
To participate in either or both of these programs, please email www.friends@parkerriver.org and enter "Lecture" and/or "Field Trip" as the Subject, and your name in the text.

Current Job Opportunities at Parker River NWR  

Salt Marsh Technician and the two Perennial Pepperweed Technicians will be supported by donations to the Friends Internship Fund! 

Follow the link for the The Pepperweed tech positions - 

Welcome to your Artist of the Month:  Tamara Rinder Major

Could You be an Artist of the Month? 

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to help clear up the boardwalks and beaches. What an amazing success. Check out these before and after photos from Lot 1 boardwalk. 

Contribute to the Friends Internship Fund!

The Friends have launched a multi-year effort to raise at least $6,000 annually to cover the cost of a refuge summer intern for 10 to 12 weeks. The internship program will contribute to two of the Friends most important goals;
1. providing much needed support to refuge staff, and
2. offering hands-on training opportunities for individuals interested in careers in conservation and education.
 
100% of each gift will go towards the Friends Intern Program, to hire interns to work with the Refuge staff. Gifts are tax deductible.

Learn more -May 2020 Friends Newsletter.

 
Click the link below to support this effort to bring an intern to the Refuge!

The History and Importance of Saltmarsh Grasses for Wildlife and Humans.

Current Map of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

Pines Trail Plank Inscription Fundraiser

Join us in our newest fundraising efforts as we work to replace the observation deck and the boardwalk at the Pines Trail. 

Make a donation and receive a customized plank to be installed in the boardwalk.

For more information access the order form here: PLANK ORDER FORM

Please make your donation today by clicking on the yellow Donate button below. 

Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to supporting the US Fish & Wildlife Service Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Our Friends organization is entirely dependent upon volunteer support and funding from membership dues, donations, grants and fund raising events.

The Refuge is located on Plum Island, a barrier island and nearby Great Salt Marsh area in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, along the major bird migration route known as the Atlantic Flyway. It is comprised of more than 4,700 acres of pristine coastal habitat for more than 300 species of resident and migratory birds, as well as a large variety of mammals, insects, fish, reptiles and amphibians. In addition to wildlife conservation, the Refuge provides unique opportunities to experience an undeveloped, coastal environment near major metropolitan areas. See http://www.fws.gov/refuge/parker_river/.

Our Friends Organization:

Supports the primary purposes for which the Refuge was established.

Promotes the preservation of the natural and historical resources of the Refuge.

Fosters the wildlife-dependent use of the Refuge and the enjoyment of it by the public, consistent with its protection and preservation.

Engages in such educational, scientific and civic activities to assist the Refuge to carry out its mandates.

The Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all our corporate sponsors and friends

Corporate Sponsors:

We appreciate all of your help and support. Please visit their websites for more information about each organization/business.

Tom’s Plum Island Birding Page

Bird Observer

Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift

The Brookline Bird Club

Eastern Mass Hawk Watch

Essex County Ornithological Club

Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center

River Valley Real Estate

AMARAL ENTERPRISES

 

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