- Located on a coastal barrier island, the refuge consists of a range of habitats including salt marsh, beach/dune, freshwater marsh/pool, and grassland.
The Parker River NWR was established to preserve habitat for migratory waterfowl, especially American black duck. The refuge important nesting area for the threatened piping plover and least tern. The refuge also provides important resting/feeding habitat for shorebirds, wading birds, raptors, and passerines.
Major wildlife management programs include those related to the piping plover (beach closure, predator control, monitoring), white-tailed deer (monitoring, control), waterfowl (banding, surveying), and marsh/pool habitat (pest plant control, water level manipulation).
The refuge provides wildlife-oriented recreational opportunities including waterfowl and deer hunting, surf fishing, wildlife observation and photography, and shellfishing. Beach use (swimming, sunbathing, beach combing), bicycling, and other non-wildlife oriented activities occur. The refuge receives about 275,000 visits per year.
The refuge is located in the NE corner of Massachusetts.
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