It's almost plover season and the refuge is looking for plover wardens. Want to find out what it's all about? You can attend the Volunteer Plover Warden orientation program on Sunday, March 15 from 10:00 AM to noon at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, 6 Plum Island Turnpike. That's across the street from Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats sanctuary and next door to the airport. The notice made it into at least one local paper today.
The orientation is fun: Unit 3 has a great sense of humor. Biological staff (usually Unit 11) gives a good presentation on the piping plover's life cycle. And, the best part of all, Law Enforcement staff shows you how to use the radio -- the all important radio, useful as communication device, symbol of authority, and weapon substitute.
Don't like the idea of talking to people about plovers but want to volunteer at the refuge? You can also volunteer to plant pitch pines on Saturday, April 18. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in the pitch pine planting.
The Plover's Nest gift shop operated by the Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge needs volunteers too. You can help the refuge without getting sunburned!