The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is offering the following free programs. Space may be limited, and advance registration is required for all programs, unless otherwise indicated. Call 978-465-5753 to register. Registration is not complete until you receive confirmation from a staff member. Note that outdoor programs may be canceled if there is inclement weather. Visit us on the Web for more information at http://parkerriver.fws.gov or call refuge headquarters. The refuge visitor center is at 6 Plum Island Turnpike.
“Behind the Scenes” Refuge Tour
Today, 13, 20, 27 9:30 am; Sundays, April 7,14, 21, 28 at 1 p.m., and Fridays April 12 and 26 at 1 p.m.
Tours last approximately 2 hours.
Join a refuge ranger for a behind the scenes tour of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Tour will be conducted via refuge van, with several brief “drive by” stops along the way. The tour will present an up-close and personal look at the refuge through the multiple lenses of the cultural history of Plum Island and the Great Marsh, native wildlife and their habitats, and the role of refuge management in the conservation of these precious natural resources.
Participants may be driven along areas on the refuge otherwise closed to the public. This guided program is most appropriate for older teens and adults. Binoculars and/or a camera are recommended, but not required.
Meet the ranger in the lobby of the headquarters visitor center. Each session is limited to 10 participants; no more than 4 individuals per sign-up. Advance registration is required for this program, as enrollment is limited.
Tuesday April 9, 11 a.m. to noon
A new fun class geared for 4 to 6 year-olds. This session’s theme is “common birds” and it will teach kids about different types of bird adaptations and how to identify birds.
This builds on the “Backyard Birds” class last month but it is not necessary to have attended the first class to participate in this one. The class is limited to 10 children. A parent or guardian must be present throughout the session. Call for reservations. Meet at the at the refuge visitor center in Newburyport. Activities will be held in the classroom.
Spring Hawk Watching on Plum Island — A Different Type of Birding!
Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m.
April is the time you can see a variety of spectacular hawks on the refuge as they migrate through our area. Join Paul Roberts, founder of the Eastern Massachusetts Hawk Watch, for a narrated slide presentation about the amazing birds of prey you can see in spring. The hour-long presentation will be held in the refuge visitor center auditorium. Admission is free. Registration is not required.
Photographic Society of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 13 at 1:30 p.m.
A new nature and wildlife photography club has formed at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. This club is intended for beginners to professionals who have an interest in nature and photography. The club meets once each month, generally on the second Saturday afternoon. Club activities include special presentations, slide shows of members’ work, intra-club mentoring and training, photo shoots, on-line photo sharing, and involvement in the refuge’s photography-related programming and outreach work.