Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Announcements/Special Events (click on photo for details)

Guest Lecture Series 2019

Free Event Sponsored by Friends of PRNWR, Inc. and Parker River NWR

Learn waterfowl ID from one of the area’s experts and discover the best locations to search for ducks locally.

Breaking News

The Hellcat Boardwalk is now fully reopened with the completion of the new  marsh "loop" section. This former loop walk is now an "out and back" trail.

Please enjoy a brief video courtesy of Ranger Matt Poole.  

Hellcat Marsh Loop Reopening

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

We appreciate all of your help and support.


As many of you know, this is the time of year when tree swallows descend on the national wildlife refuge in great numbers.

Please enjoy this little video about "our" tree swallows as brought to you my Ranger Poole.

hellcat boardwalk2_mpoole

Friends Boardwalk Plank Fundraiser     ~UPDATE~

We have reached the end of our plank fundraiser and as such we are no longer accepting donations for this fundraiser.

Thank you everyone for your support! What a wonderful success.

New Edition!!
Friends of Parker River NWR - August Newsletter

Learn more:

US Fish and Wildlife Environmental Assessment for the Hellcat Trail Replacement Project.



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

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.

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