Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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.

Announcements/Special Events (click on photo for details)

Algonquians on the Parker River and Plum Island by Mary Ellen Lepionka

Native Americans depended on the resource-rich environment of the Parker River watershed and Plum Island around the time of European contact. Their livelihoods were organized seasonally, focusing on local plant and animal subsistence resources and economic activities for spring, summer, fall, and winter.  How they managed to thrive is a story of ingenuity, resilience, and intimate knowledge of their environment.

Monday, March 19, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters Visitor Center Auditorium  

6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950

A Free Event Sponsored by Friends of PRNWR & Parker River NWR


Friends Boardwalk Plank Fundraiser to Replace/Rebuild the Hellcat Trail - Donate an Engraved Boardwalk Plank!

Replace wooden planks with new synthetic planks (made with recycled materials). Installations start at Lot #1, the most visited access point on the refuge.

Engraved planks demonstrate each donor's support for the refuge and the Hellcat Trail, while improving access, helping to protect the refuge's environment and wildlife, and while raising funds for the Hellcat Trail project.

Our goal: $100,000 for Hellcat Trail in 2018

Engraved Boardwalk Plank (individual) - $100   Thank you donors!  We now have planks for the first 25% of the Lot#1 boardwalk!

Engraved Boardwalk Plank & Corporate Membership - $350   Many thanks to our new Corporate Members and plank donors:

  • Mass Audubon, Joppa Flats Education Center   (
  • Brookline Bird Club   (
  • Bird Watcher's Supply & Gifts, Newburyport  (

Click on the photo above for a printable order form, or go to DONATION page for online donations.

Providence Raptors:  Urban Wildlife Photography by Peter Green

Peter Green is a photographer and graphic designer living and working in downtown Providence. He walks the city, documenting Peregrine Falcons and more urban wildlife from Red-Tailed Hawks nesting on rooftops to American Kestrels hunting in graffiti-covered alleys. These regal, powerful raptors seem perfectly at home among the landscape of bricks and concrete. His photographs and stories provide a fascinating description of the birds of prey that are thriving in our urban environments where tall buildings have replaced rocky cliffs and a ready supply of prey are found in the midst of urban crowds. 

Saturday, March 31, 2018, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters Visitor Center Auditorium  

6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950

A Free Event Sponsored by Friends of PRNWR & Parker River NWR