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June 7, 2014

Programs at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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‘Undercover with the Piping Plover’ – Managing a Threatened Species

Monday, June 16, 9 a.m. and Friday, June 27, 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.

Tide Pool Discoveries

Friday, June 20, noon

For generations children have enjoyed exploring tide pools and discovering the fascinating plants and animals that live in this realm between the tides. A refuge ranger will guide this hands-on program. Appropriate for children age 5 to 10. Each session is limited to 15 children. Each session is 90 minutes long, allowing time for travel to and from the beach. Meet the ranger at the visitor contact station at Lot 1. Parent/guardian must remain with his/her child for the entire duration of this program. Registration is required.

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