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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Newbury, Massachusetts 01951
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge webpage
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Brochure
Historic Parker River National Wildlife Refuge brochure written by Rachel Carson
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge map

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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–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