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Teaching our youth

How to fish and be outdoors.

Northern Pintail by Jim Fenton

Please Visit Our New Education Page

Please Sign Our Guestbook

“Watching for Birds” by Sue McGrath

King Eider

Plum Island Bird Sightings, Compiled by Newburyport Birders

“Songbirds” by Patty Evans

Songbird Show

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“Dragonflies, Damselflies, and other “Bugs”” by Patty Evans

Insect Show

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“Shorebirds” by Patty Evans

A Yellowleg Huddle

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Membership Meeting

Board Meeting

Saturday 9:00 AM

December 12, 2015

Refuge’s Public Programs for November

The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge public programs for November can be viewed by clicking here.

The Wrack Line

The Summer issue of The Wrack Line, the Newsletter of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge can be viewed by clicking here.

What is a wrack line? Click here for an NPR broadcast on the wrack line. Why are maintenance personnel not cleaning this mess up? Click here for the answer.

Friends Forward

Bimonthly the National Wildlife Refuge System publishes a newsletter for Friends groups. A link to current issue of the newsletter as well as links to past newsletters can be found by clicking here.

Volunteer Naturalist Training Program

The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is currently running the 2015 volunteer naturalist training program preparing volunteers to assist with and/or lead a range of public education and interpretive programs for the Plum Island-based national wildlife refuge. The training sessions are conducted one Saturday each month over a thirteen month period, will cover a broad range of wildlife, ecology, and cultural history topics. A class of 15 program participants have been selected through a competitive application process.

The training program is free.

Click here for the 2015 Refuge Naturalist Program Information Sheet.

2015 Piping Plover Counts

Final Piping Plover count: 43 fledglings.

Plover Protections Ruffle Feathers in Northeast

Other communities have our contentious relationship between piping plover protection supporters and citizens who support free human beach usage. Click here to read the May 30th 2014 article in The Wall Street Journal.

Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge 2013 Scholarship

Rachel Wallace, received the second annual DOUGLAS CRAY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. Who was Douglas Cray? Mr. Cray was a writer for the New York Times and the husband of our longtime member of Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Barbara Cray. Doug and Barbara have spent many hours supporting the Parker River Wildlife Refuge through the Friends. Rachel Wallace is a member of Newburyport High School class of 2013. Rachel truly exemplified what the Friend's mission is by accomplishing the following:

Rachel was a Silver Key Award Recipient at the Newburyport High School.

The Endangered Species Act is Turning Forty!

The Endangered Species Act is turning 40! Join us in celebrating 4 decades of endangered and threatened species conservation! Over the next year we’ll be highlighting some amazing success stories, under the Endangered Species Act, from around the country. Look for a new story here each week and get to know your species! For us at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, think the Piping Plover. Piping Plover Piping Plover and Least Terns Least Tern, endangered and threatened bird species, nest on the beaches of Plum Island.

Live Viewing of Raptors

Established in 1988, the non-profit Raptor Resource Project specializes in the preservation of falcons, eagles, ospreys, hawks, and owls. We establish and strengthen breeding populations of these raptors by creating, improving, and maintaining nests and nest sites. In addition to directly managing over 40 falcon, eagle, and owl nest sites, we provide training in nest site creation and management across the United States, reach more than 85,000 people each year through lectures, education programs, and our website, and develop innovations in nest site management and viewing that bring people closer to the world around them. Their mission is to preserve and strengthen raptor populations, to expand participation in raptor preservation, and to help foster the next generation of preservationists. There work deepens the connection between people and the natural world, bringing benefits to both.

Click here to check out the links to cams of many of the raptor nests that RRP manages.

Oceanography Magazine: Ripple Marks The Story Behind the Story

The Oceanography, Volume 24, Number 3, Magazine has an article titled: “Oceanography Magazine: Ripple Marks The Story Behind the Story” by Cheryl Lyn Dybas that has a section “Low Tide on a Great March”on Plum Island. The article can be sean by clicking here.

Refuge Update

Every two months the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service publishes a newsletter for Refuge system. The current issue of “Refuge Update” can be found by clicking on this image: .

Plum Island Bird Sightings

To see Tom’s Birding Page about the birds of Plum Island including recent sightings, click here.

The Plover Warden Diaries

Janet Egan Janet Egan, Jean Adam’s most veteran warden, has been volunteering since 1991! She is the creator of the popular blog “Plover Warden Diaries” and has logged more years on the beach than any other warden. The Refuge is fortunate to have her extensive knowledge about the plovers and the beach. It is safe to say that she has seen more plovers and plover chicks than any other volunteer or Refuge biologist. Click here to read her musings.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is on Facebook, click Facebook.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge has there own Facebook page: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.


Parker River Wildlife Refuge one could say is for the birds. So here are some tweets you might want to follow:

Follow U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge Service Director Dan Nash, click Twitter Bird.

Follow USFWS Refuge System, click Twitter Bird.

Follow USFWS Refuge System, Northeast, click Twitter Bird.

Janet Egan tweets: Twitter Bird.

Amazing video by a 12 year old young lady on global warming and our children's viewpoint! Watch it here! ECO on global warming!

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Green Jobs

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Investing in wildlife refuges pays off for local communities; studies show that for every $1 allocated to the National Wildlife Refuge System, there is at least a $4 return in economic activity.
The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge Association is to conserve America's wildlife heritage for future generations through strategic programs that protect, enhance, and expand the National Wildlife Refuge System and the landscapes beyond its boundaries that secure its ecological integrity.


Climate Change

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Beyond the Boundaries

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Residential and industrial development, resource extraction and harmful public uses are at the doorstep of our most prized wildlife lands and waters. Unless we take immediate action to counter these threats, the future of America’s wildlife heritage is at risk. While refuges encompass an abundance of the most biologically rich habitats in America, a vast majority of the 548 refuges are small in size and depend heavily on adjacent private, state and federal lands for wildlife foraging and corridors, and to ensuring adequate quantities of clean water.

In response, the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA) in 2005 launched Beyond the Boundaries, a project designed to utilize State Wildlife Action Plans, refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCP) and other comprehensive wildlife habitat assessments in protecting conservation landscapes surrounding and linking refuges and other vital habitats. State Wildlife Action Plans, completed in every state and territory, recognize the problem of growth and development and make it abundantly clear that our country’s wildlife has never faced greater challenges than it does today. Simply put, America’s wildlife is in trouble, and Beyond the Boundaries is an important initiative to reverse this alarming trend.

NWRA Flyer

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Friends Newswire

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