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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Birding in Massachusetts

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Great Marsh Important Bird Area

Newbury, Massachusetts 01951
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge webpage
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Great Marsh Important Bird Area webpage

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Parker River NWR
Coordinates: 42.7639008, -70.8022995
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Parker River NWR–Bill Forward Pool
Coordinates: 42.7368477, -70.7942462
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Parker River NWR–Cross Farm Hill
Coordinates: 42.7169991, -70.7805023
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Parker River NWR–Emerson Rocks
Coordinates: 42.7073561, -70.7721689
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Parker River NWR–Hellcat Dike
Coordinates: 42.7411003, -70.7965012
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Parker River NWR–Hellcat Dunes Loop
Coordinates: 42.7445579, -70.7955307
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Parker River NWR–Kettle Hole
Coordinates: 42.7711983, -70.8048019
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Parker River NWR–Lot 1
Coordinates: 42.7897793, -70.8091271
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Parker River NWR–Lot 2
Coordinates: 42.7819783, -70.8085001
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Parker River NWR–Lot 3
Coordinates: 42.7728661, -70.8059482
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Parker River NWR–Lot 5
Coordinates: 42.7322312, -70.7895317
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Parker River NWR–Lot 6
Coordinates: 42.7139256, -70.7778
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Parker River NWR–Maintenance Area
Coordinates: 42.756722, -70.8052111
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Parker River NWR–Nelson Island
Coordinates: 42.7446853, -70.8290033
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Parker River NWR–North Field/Pool
Coordinates: 42.7495392, -70.8000934
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Parker River NWR–North Pool Overlook
Coordinates: 42.7541657, -70.8027005
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Parker River NWR–Pines Trail
Coordinates: 42.733799, -70.7903976
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Parker River NWR–S Curves
Coordinates: 42.7641541, -70.8054686
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Parker River NWR–Salt Pans
Coordinates: 42.7737313, -70.8073997
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Parker River NWR–Stage Island Pool
Coordinates: 42.710964, -70.7760179
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Parker River NWR–Stage Island Trail
Coordinates: 42.7095765, -70.7840538
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Parker River NWR–Visitor Center
Coordinates: 42.7987361, -70.8493688
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About Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Located along the northeast coast of Massachusetts, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 to provide feeding, resting, and nesting habitat for migratory birds. Most commonly associated with Plum Island – a barrier beach island – the refuge is comprised of more than 4700 acres of diverse habitats including sandy beach and dune, cranberry bog, maritime forest and shrubland, and freshwater marsh. The most abundant habitat on the refuge is its 3,000+ acres of salt marsh, one of the most productive ecosystems in nature. 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, a variety of interpretive programs, and seasonal waterfowl and deer hunting opportunities. A large visitor center – complete with a classroom and auditorium – supports many of these public uses.

Parker River has achieved the following special designations: Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN), Important Bird Area (IBA), and Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC).
From Parker River National Wildlife Refuge webpage

About Great Marsh Important Bird Area
The Great Marsh stretches from the New Hampshire border in the north, and south to the Farm Creek estuary and salt marsh in West Gloucester, Massachusetts. To the east, it is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, and on the west by a series of glacial uplands in seven different towns. The site is essentially co-extensive with the Parker River/Essex Bay Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) and is one of the most important coastal ecosystems in northeastern North America. It is a textbook example of a barrier beach/dune/salt marsh system, in addition to encompassing the estuaries of several rivers (i.e., Essex, Ipswich, Rowley, and Parker). It is the largest contiguous stretch of salt marsh north of Long Island, and the marsh is variously dotted with many upland islands of glacial origin that are either forested or still in agricultural use. The area is rich in its diversity of characteristic species, including several that are state or federally listed. More than 300 bird species have been recorded within its boundaries. Recent extensive studies on the health of the marsh (see below) have determined that the ecosystem is currently in good shape; however, there are some significant threats to its ecological health that need to be addressed. The shoals of Ipswich Bay, and arguably the deep water beyond, are an inherent part of the adjacent coastal ecosystem and should be considered when describing this IBA.
From Great Marsh Important Bird Area webpage