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May 10, 2014

Programs at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will offer the following free public programs during the month of May. Many of the refuge programs require registration. Registrations are not confirmed until the registrant receives a phone call from a member of the refuge staff. Anyone having a question about a refuge program can contact the refuge at 978-465-5753.

“BEHIND THE SCENES” REFUGE TOUR

Saturday, May 10, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, May 11, 1 p.m.; Friday, May 16, 9:30 a.m.; Saturday, May 17, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, May 18, 1 p.m.; Monday, May 19, 1 p.m.; Saturday, May 24, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, May 25, 1 p.m.; Saturday, May 31, 9:30 a.m.

Join a refuge ranger for a behind the scenes tour of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. The 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 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 Refuge visitor center 15 minutes prior to the program start time. Each session is limited to 8 participants; no more than four individuals per sign-up. Registration is required for this program, as enrollment is limited. Be advised that individual tours may be subject to cancellation.

WHIP-POOR-WILL WALKS

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.

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