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February 18, 2013

Programs at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge


Newburyport Daily News

---- — 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, 9:30 a.m.; Sundays, Feb. 17, 24 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 will be driven along areas on the refuge otherwise closed to the public. This guided two hour 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 four individuals per sign-up. Again, this is a mobile tour, with only one stop at the Lot 5 beach overlook.

Advance registration is required for this program, as enrollment is limited. Be advised that individual tours may be subject to cancellation. Those who call and leave messages after hours, your registration is not confirmed until having received a call back from a refuge staff member. Call 978-465-5753 to register.

Photographic Society of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

A new nature and wildlife photography club has formed at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. This club is intended for anyone ­­— from beginners to professionals — who have an interest in nature and photography. The club meets once each month, generally on the second Saturday, in the afternoon. Club activities include 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.

This month Jim Fenton, celebrated nature photographer, will present a narrated slide program about photographing birds of prey, with an emphasis on the American bald eagle.

Registration is not required to attend this program. Call 978-465-5753 ext. 210 for more information about the Photographic Society.