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June 7, 2014

Programs at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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Whip-poor-will Walk

Saturday, June 7, 7:30 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 at 7:30 p.m. Dress appropriately for weather conditions. Registration is required; enrollment limited to 15 people.

Refuge Bicycle Tours

Thursday, June 12, 9 a.m.; Wednesday, June 18, 9 a.m.; Friday, June 27, 9 a.m.

Experience the refuge from the unique perspective of your own bicycle. Starting at the visitor contact station at Lot 1, the ranger-led group will gradually make its way south along the paved portion of the refuge’s Wildlife Drive, stopping at various points along the way to view wildlife, hear stories of Plum Island’s past, and learn about the inner workings of a national wildlife refuge. This is an “out and back” tour. The distance covered will depend on how many stops are made and how much time is spent at each stop. Tour duration will be about 2 hours. Appropriate for adults and children age 16 or older. Each participant must provide a bicycle, helmet, and water bottle. Meet the ranger on the deck of the visitor contact station. Participants may also wish to bring insect repellant, sun block, binoculars and/or a camera. Registration is required.

The Photographic Society of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, June 14 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 (first-come, first-served). Admission to this program is free. Registration is not required.

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