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Plum Island walk and birdwatch

Let's go see if we can find the Snowy Owl at Plum Island/Parker River Wildlife Refuge. Bring binoculars and bird books if you have them. Bird experts are particularly welcome as I'm no expert!

I suggest we meet at the Plum Island visitor center and carpool into the wildlife reservation - there is a fee for entry to the reserve. This will be a combination walk and birdwatch...we might go around the Hellcat swamp, then drive to the end to walk on the beach and see what we can see. I hope we can do this in 3 cars max. 

2-3 hours.

Here is a historic brochure of the Refuge written by Rachel Carson!

http://www.fws.gov/northeast/parkerriver/pdf/parker_cia.pdf

 

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.

Directions to the Refuge
The refuge is located ~35 miles north of Boston near the City of Newburyport. From Route 95 take exit 57 and travel east on Route 113, then continue straight onto Route 1A South to the intersection with Rolfe’s Lane for a total of 3.5 miles. Turn left onto Rolfe’s Lane and travel 0.5 miles to its end. Turn right onto the Plum Island Turnpike, and our visitor center will be shortly on the right.  

(DO NOT PARK IN THE MASS AUDUBON LOT WHICH IS ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE!)

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  • Ted

    Ange, you forgot to collect my $1. I'll have to pay double the next time. It was a fun day, as usual. We got to see the Snowy Owl and lunch at the Beach-coma. The Parker River Refuge is one of my favorite places to walk.

    March 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    what a lovely hike we had at plum island; found a snowy owl, enjoyed a gorgeous day, good company of 8 people, stopped for lunch, and look forward to another day like this.

    March 12, 2012

  • Ange

    Perfect day and we saw a snowy owl! Good company and a nice lunch afterwards.

    March 11, 2012

  • Ange

    No worries, I nearly missed it myself!

    March 11, 2012

  • Vijay

    Appologies! I completely missed the time change.

    March 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can take one from Salem

    March 10, 2012

  • Ange

    Lunch is a possibility..if anyone wants to carpool please say where from and if you can offer to drive - on your response. I have room for 2 more from Marblehead...

    March 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am sure we need to eat after

    March 10, 2012

  • Laura

    Anyone up for lunch afterward?

    March 10, 2012

  • Robin B

    Hopefully you'll run this again on a Saturday so I can join in! Enjoy!

    March 10, 2012

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