Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Announcements and Special Events

An annual tradition: The Spring Beach Clean-up on the Parker River N.W.R.

The Spring Clean-up is a great opportunity to get out on the beaches before they are closed for the Piping Plover and Least Tern nesting seasons. Bring the family, get outdoors, have some fun doing good work.

Online Films in March!

The Beaver Believers
Thursday, March 18, 7:00-8:00pm
The Merrimack River at Risk
Thursday, March 25, 7:00-8:00pm
Register for either film, or both by sending an email to

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.
100% of each gift will go towards the Friends Intern Program, to hire interns to work with the Refuge staff. Gifts are tax deductible.

Learn more -May 2020 Friends Newsletter.

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

Webinar Lecture Series 2021

Free Webinar
April 14, 7:00 - 8:30 pm on Zoom

Presented by:

  • Nancy Pau, Biologist, Parker River NWR,
  • Geoff Wilson, Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary,
  • Soheil Zendeh
  • Sue Adamowicz

To attend, please email
Zoom connection details will be emailed to you a couple of days before
the webinar.

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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