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Important Notices for Refuge Visitors:
REFUGE ROAD UPDATE: Reconstruction of the gravel portion of the refuge road has been completed and the entire refuge road (from the entrance gate to Sandy Point) is now open.
The entire refuge beach closes on April 1st for piping plover management. Until further notice, the closure includes access to the beach at Lot 1, due to the fact that the boardwalk there was rendered unsafe by the most recent winter storm. Please click here for more information about the closure. Click here to learn why closing the refuge beach during breeding season has helped tremendously with our piping plover conservation efforts.
Bill Forward Blind Closed: Effective immediately, the Bill Forward Bird Blind is closed to all public access due to the presence of an active great horned owl nest. Because of a recent, dramatic increase in visitor traffic in the area of the nest, refuge managers are taking this action to reduce disturbance of the birds (which could hamper nesting success). Refuge staff are considering how guided nest viewing opportunities might be offered to the public on a limited basis. Those plans will be announced on this web site when they've been finalized. Clicking here will take you to a document that provides links to several live web cams featuring great horned owl nests.
Refuge News & Updates
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1942 to provide feeding, resting, and nesting habitat for migratory birds. The refuge occupies 4,662 acres on the southern two-thirds of Plum Island, a barrier island on the Northeast coast of Massachusetts, and is administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, a federal agency. Parker River is one of over 550 Refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System, a national network of lands dedicated to "wildlife first." Today, Parker River provides pristine coastal habitat for over 300 species of resident and migratory birds, as well as a large variety of mammals, insects, fish, reptiles and amphibians. The Refuge also provides critical habitat for the federally threatened Piping Plover. In addition to its mission of wildlife conservation, the Refuge provides a variety of excellent wildlife-dependent recreational activities, including surf fishing, wildlife observation and photography, guided nature programs, and seasonal waterfowl and deer hunting opportunities. Parker River is also responsible for the management of Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Thacher Island National Wildlife Refuge, and Wapack National Wildlife Refuge. Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge also includes a 28-acre conservation easement in Concord, New Hampshire, which is managed primarily for the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge is in the process of completing its 15 Year Comprehensive Conservation Plan. To find out more about this plan, please click here. To view a video about Parker River NWR, click here. Refuge rules and regulations can be viewed by clicking here.Information about applying for a Special Use Permit can be obtained by clicking here.
Enjoy your visit!