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Northern Pintail by Jim Fenton
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“Watching for Birds” by Sue McGrath
“Songbirds” by Patty Evans
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“Natural History” by Patty Evans
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“Dragonflies, Damselflies, and other “Bugs”” by Patty Evans
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“Shorebirds” by Patty Evans
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Saturday 9:00 AM
February 21, 2015
Refuge’s Public Programs for February
Volunteer Naturalist Training Program
The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is currently accepting applications for a new yearlong naturalist training program that will prepare 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, which begin in February and will be 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 will be selected through a competitive application process. The training program is free. For further information about applying to the Refuge Naturalist Training Program, please visit the refuge homepage: or contact Ranger Matt Poole at (978) 465-5753, ext. 210. Application deadline is Friday, January 9th.
Click here for the 2015 Refuge Naturalist Program Information Sheet.
Final 2014 Piping Plover and Least Turn Counts
Piping Plovers – Refuge: 26 pair,60 chicks
Sandy Point 5 pair, 11 chicks
Town Beach: 2 pair, 5 chicks
Least Terns – 19 fledged chicks, 98 pairs
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 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:
She will enter Cornell University this Fall majoring in Environmental Biology.
She was a Seacoast Science Center Volunteer in Rye, New Hampshire.
Rachel worked the Coastalsweep Beach Cleanup.
Rachel placed first in the Photographic Society of Parker River NWR nature Contest in the Jr. division for both 2011 and 2012.
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 and Least Terns , 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.
The Wrack Line
The Fall issue of The Wrack Line, the Newsletter of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge can be viewed by clicking here.
Once per quarter 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. The Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and the beach wheelchair is mentioned in this summer's issue.
Every two months the National Wildlife Refuge System publishes a newsletter for Refuge system. A link to current issue of “Refuge Update” as well as links to past issues can be found by clicking here.
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 , 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.
Parker River Wildlife Refuge one could say is for the birds. So here are some tweets you might want to follow:
Any month is membership renewal time at the Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Once again we hope to welcome you as a continuing supporter of one of the few unspoiled natural barrier-beach habitats still existing in the Northeast.
Your financial support sustain our outreach, education, advocacy and fundraising programs - all focused to support our mission to promote the conservation and public appreciation of this invaluable natural resource. Your tax-deductible membership will keep your name on the growing list of citizens who have made a commitment of stewardship for the refuge
Once again, thank you for your support in helping us preserve one of our great national treasures, the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.
You can renew your membership either Online or via U.S. mail.