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)

The 2017 Natural Cranberry Bog Tour was a great success,

and it was covered by the local media and television!

Watch NH Chronicle, WMUR Channel 9 on Nov. 20 at 7:00PM!





VC info desk

Information Desk Volunteers Needed!   

Help fill a very important role at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge HQ/Visitor Center, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950.

Starting in November, on Thursdays (openings anytime between 8:30AM - 4:00PM) and on Saturdays (1:00 -4:00PM).

Enjoy the many rewards of assisting visitors as they learn about the Refuge and its mission.  Training provided.  

Contact Jean Adams, Visitor Services at         978-465-5753 Ext. 208 or


Purple Martin Nesting Report - 2017 Plum Island in Newbury & Newburyport, MA