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)

Guest Lecture Series


Presented by Tom Wetmore

November 15, 2018 , 7:00  -  8:30 p.m 

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

By Friends of Parker River NWR, Inc., Parker River NWR,

No preregistration required.  

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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, and raising funds for the Hellcat Trail project.

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

Engraved Plank (individual) - $100   Thank you donors! 

Engraved Plank & Corporate Membership - $350   Many thanks to our new Corporate Members:

  • Mass Audubon, Joppa Flats Education Center   (
  • Brookline Bird Club   (
  • Bird Observer (
  • Bird Watcher's Supply & Gifts, Newburyport  (
  • River Valley Real Estate (
  • Essex County Ornithological Club (
  • Eastern Mass Hawk Watch (

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


Beach Shorebird Nesting Report

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