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March 20, 2014

Volunteer Orientation

NEWBURYPORT, MA —Do you enjoy speaking with the public, helping wildlife, and spending time on the beach? You can be a volunteer Plover Warden! Orientations will be held on Fri., March 28, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. or Sat., March 29, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, MA.

This orientation will teach you about the piping plover, as well as provide an overview of what it means to serve as a volunteer Plover Warden. Plover Wardens make a significant contribution to the success of the refuge’s piping plover conservation efforts. As of April 1st most of the refuge beach is closed to all public entry in order to provide undisturbed habitat for this federally threatened species. Plover Wardens are stationed at the north and south ends of the refuge’s six mile long ocean beach, as well as on the west side of Sandy Point State Reservation (this is an interpretive position). Plover Wardens greet refuge visitors, informally interpret the refuge’s plover management efforts and notify staff of closure violations. Participants in this session will hear from and be able to ask questions of refuge staff that specialize in biology, law enforcement and visitor services. Attending the session does not obligate you to volunteer.

Participants should meet in the refuge visitor center auditorium.

Pre-registration is not required to attend this program. For more information, call 978-465-5753.

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