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
Sunday April 21, 28 at 1 p.m., and Friday April 26 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 may be driven along areas on the refuge otherwise closed to the public. This guided 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 4 individuals per sign-up. Advance registration is required for this program, as enrollment is limited.
Tuesday, April 23, 11 a.m. to noon. The theme for the session is “Spring is in the Air — Finally” and will focus on how wildlife reacts to the longer days and warmer temperatures. The program leader will teach children about observable behaviors of birds, mammals, insects, and plants. Children will plant seeds to take home and bulbs to observe over time.
Registration is required. This is geared towards children 4 to 6 years-old. A parent or guardian must accompany the child. Call 978-465-5753 to register.