Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Announcements and Special Events

Announcing the 2021 Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Winter Birding Challenge:

 Please join us in this new event for 2021, 'The Winter Birding Challenge'. Take some friends and head to the refuge during this one week event for a chance to see some fantastic birds and win  prizes, including gift certificates to the local Newburyport birding supply store.

Click on the image above for a full list of contest rules and details. 

Happy Birding.


  • Hellcat dike will be open to the public from Friday, October 10 to Friday October 18. The dike runs form the Hellcat observation tower to the refuge maintenance sub headquarters. 
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is following federal, state, and local public health authority guidance to implement a phased approach to increasing public access to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Based on this guidance and in accordance with the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the refuge is beginning to safely increase public access

For additional information please see the official refuge website or the official refuge Facebook page.


All Friends programs and volunteering efforts are currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the Friends get the all-clear from refuge staff we will resume these activities. Stay tuned here and our Facebook page for more information.

Contribute to the new 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.

Learn more -May 2020 Friends Newsletter.

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

Guest Lecture Series 2020

ZOOM  into  Winter Ducks !!!
Tuesday, November 10, 7:00pm
Winter Duck Program presented by Bill Gette
If you missed our Winter Duck Program or would simply like to watch it again you're in luck!
We have links to all our past events posted in the 'archived events' section on our home page.
If you would like to be directed to the recording of the Winter Duck Program: Click Here.

Check out the brand new Purple Martin Legacy Project. Click the image above to find out more.

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.

Corporate Sponors:

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. Please visit their websites for more information about each organization/business.

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



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