Happening on April 27, 2017 - April 27, 2017

plover Have you seen these adorable, tiny creatures scampering on the North Shore beaches?
Want to learn more about them?

Join Greenbelt's Director of Land Stewardship Dave Rimmer for the final segment of the State of Our Oceans Lecture and Film Series as he gives a presentation on this unique species. FREE

Learn About:

  • Piping Plovers and their habitat
  • Major threats they face and why they are endangered
  • What can be done to help protect Piping Plovers
When: April 27, 201, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Auditorium,
               6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport MA


Additional Details:

Many of you may have seen the signs on beaches and the roped off areas by the dune grasses used for protection of Piping Plovers and their nests while they breed and fledge their young.

Piping Plovers are a type of shorebird that feed and nest along coastal sands in North America. This species migrates up to New England beaches  each year to nest their young. However, the Piping Plover is endangered and in a critical state. 

Piping Plover nests can be seen all over New England, and perhaps on your favorite beach in Massachusetts. 

The goal of this presentation is to help people become more aware of the Piping Plover, and inform them about the different ways beachgoers and local communities can help protect this species. There will be time for questions and a discussion after the presentation.  Light refreshments will be available. Contact Andrew for more information.                                                        

Driving Directions:

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 the visitor center will be shortly on the right. If not stopping at the visitor center, continue to travel 2.0 miles crossing the Sgt. Donald Wilkinson Bridge to Plum Island. Take your first right onto Sunset Drive and travel 0.5 miles to the refuge entrance.

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