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)

Tale of Two Beaches - Plum Island and Salisbury Beach Presentation by John Macone

January 25, 2018, Thursday, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters Visitor Center Auditorium  

6 Plum Island Turnpike,

Newburyport, MA 01950


Raising Funds to Replace the Marsh Loop of the Hellcat Trail - Donate an Engraved Boardwalk Plank!

Replace worn wood planks with new synthetic planks (made with recycled materials)

Funds support boardwalk improvement and our goal to raise $100,000 for Hellcat Trail Marsh Loop in 2018

Boardwalk plank (donor specified name engraved) - $100


2018 Annual Meeting of Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Inc.

Members and all who are interested in our Friends non-profit corporation are welcome!

NOTE:   If the government shut down occurs this weekend, this meeting will be moved across the street to Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center.

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10:00 AM

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950