An Evening with Shorebirds, Herons, & Swallows

August 24, 2023 (Thursday) 5:30-8:30pm


Parker River National Wildlife Refuge


Dave Williams - Birder Naturalist






Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Experience the majesty of thousands of swallows, herons, and egrets settling in to roost along the expansive marsh of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at sunset. In the surrounding mudflats, we'll also scan for plovers and sandpipers foraging as they refuel for their next stretch of migration. Just when the evening couldn't possibly get any better, we may be serenaded by the resident Eastern Whip-Poor-Wills as the sun falls below the horizon.

Instructions and Directions:

Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center. From there we will travel by Mass Audubon vans and carpool.

Mass Audubon and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge encourage carpooling to reduce the number of vehicles inside the refuge. Our program passes cover our vans and carpooling, but not individual one-person vehicles within the caravan. Participants who choose not to carpool by driving without at least one passenger will be asked to cover the $5 fee at our front desk during registration. Thank you for helping to reduce the impact of vehicular traffic at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

*Long pants, long sleeve shirts, and bug repellent are advised. Bring binoculars, a chair and a snack.

Participants should expect to walk trails with moderate terrain changes at a slow pace, for a mile or more.

Masks are required in Mass Audubon vehicles. Masks indoors are optional.

Mass Audubon Cancellation Policy: If you wish to withdraw less than seven days prior to the program, refunds cannot be issued. If we cancel the program, you will be refunded in full.

Registration is required.

Meeting Place:

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Email [email protected] for more information.