Exceptional Bird Watching in a Picturesque Setting
Experience The Natural Beauty of The Reservation
Experience Bird Watching in Newburyport
From the Plum Island beaches to the Maritime Forest, the Parker River Wildlife Refuge is a top quality bird watching destination. Parker River is a nationally recognized Wildlife Refuge for over 300 species or resident and migratory birds as well as a large variety of mammals, insects, fish, reptiles and amphibians.
Tried and true since the 1940’s, Parker River extends across 4700 acres on the northeast coast of Massachusetts. VIP guests at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge include the Piping Plovers. Federally protected by the Wildlife Conservation, the Piping Plovers enjoy summer vacation on a secluded section of Plum Island Beach from April 1 to late summer.
There are several boardwalks that lead to the beach. Visitors also have access to a number of viewing trails, and two observation towers that are perfect for bird watching and taking pictures.
In addition to waterfowl, the many habitats at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge make it a popular Newburyport attraction for sighting mammals, fish, and reptiles. It’s no wonder the Salt Marsh habitat is deemed, “One of the most productive ecosystems in nature.”
More habitats include Cranberry Bog and Freshwater Marsh, which make Parker River sound like a Wildlife Resort & Spa in addition to a National Refuge. Parker River also offers passes and permits for those who enjoy surf fishing and seasonal hunting.
If you enjoy bird watching and crave the outdoors a visit to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is a must! To start your adventure, join the Parker River Wildlife Refuge free educational programs held at the Visitor Center in Newburyport, MA.
Parker River Wildlife Refuge
6 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA 01950
The Administrative Office for obtaining passes and permits is opened Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Kudos: Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN), Important Bird Area (IBA), and Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC).