Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Announcements and Special Events

IMPORTANT REFUGE UPDATE:

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.

FRIENDS UPDATE:

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.

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

A message to our valued members from the Friend's of Parker River President, Bill Gette.

To our members

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 http://www.fws.gov/refuge/parker_river/.

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

How You Can Help