The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island attracts an amazing variety of migrating birds. The low shrubby vegetation offers land birds feeding opportunities and a resting place protected from the elements, while the ponds and marshes attract shorebirds, waterfowl, herons, and more. Learn to identify species by field marks, behavior, vocalizations, and the habitats they prefer. We'll travel the length of the island, stopping frequently to get out and scan the marshes, freshwater impoundments, sand dunes, and ocean for birds. Short strolls along boardwalks and views from two observation towers should yield an interesting assortment of birds. Birders of all skill levels are welcome, and beginners are especially encouraged to attend.
Meets in the parking lot of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in Newburyport. Directions will be sent with confirmation. We'll travel by van and carpool from there. If you wish to take the van from Ipswich River, please indicate when you register (the van will depart Ipswich River at 6:15 am). Bring binoculars and a field guide to birds, and dress for the weather. If you need to borrow a pair of binoculars, please let us know when you register.
If the weather is questionable on the morning of the walk, be sure to call the sanctuary at 978-887-9264 before heading out and check the inclement weather message (press 7 after the main message begins). If we need to cancel or postpone the walk, we will put a message on the machine by 5:00 am.