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May 3, 2014

Programs at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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WHIP-POOR-WILL WALKS

Friday, May 9, Saturday, May 10, and Saturday, May 31, 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Have you ever heard a strange bird singing on the background soundtrack of a movie and wondered what it was? You may have been hearing the song of the whip-poor-will. Join Nancy Landry, refuge volunteer and avid birder, for an evening of listening for the distinctive song of the whip-poor-will (and for the songs of other nighttime birds, as well). Participants will meet at the visitor contact station at parking Lot 1 of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Dress appropriately for weather conditions. Registration is required; enrollment limited to 15 people.

THE PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF PARKER RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Saturday, May 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the visitor center auditorium

The Photographic Society welcomes anyone who has an interest in nature, wildlife, and/or photography – whether you are a total novice or earn a living by taking pictures. The club meets every month, generally on the second Saturday afternoon. Club activities include special presentations, slide shows of members’ work, intra-club mentoring and training, photo shoots, online photo sharing, and involvement in the refuge’s various photography-related programs, events, and outreach activities. Venue capacity is limited to 75 attendees. Admission to this program is free and registration is not required.

“Undercover with the Piping Plover” – Managing a Threatened Species

Wednesday, May 14, 9 a.m. and Friday, May 23, at 9 a.m.

The federally – threatened Atlantic coast piping plover nests and raises its young on Plum Island’s beaches from April through August. Join a refuge ranger for a chance to glimpse this native species in its wild habitat and to hear the story of how biologists work to conserve the plover under the Endangered Species Act. As conditions permit, participants will have an opportunity to view the plovers on the beach, from a safe distance, using a refuge-provided spotting scope. Participants are encouraged to bring a pair of binoculars, a spotting scope, and/or a camera. Meet the ranger on the deck of the visitor contact station at the refuge’s Lot 1. Program is appropriate for adults and older children. Each session is limited to 10 participants. Registration is required.

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