Come for a special event to celebrate U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge Week! In celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, visitors are welcome to walk Merrimac Drive, a historic road that leads to Woodman Point on the Great Bay, and visit the Upper Peverly Pond Dam, which provides views of Lower Peverly Pond. See the site of the former Pease Air Force Base and Margeson Estate. Gates will be open October 13th & 14th 7:00am to 3:00pm. Pedestrian access only. No bikes or dogs. Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge encompasses over 1100 acres of beautiful New Hampshire forests, fields, and shoreline.
On Saturday from 9am-3pm visitors will tour the former Weapons Storage Area and learn about the former Pease Air Force Base open between 1952-1992, Richard Minnick will share historical information about the people who lived, farmed, and played on Great Bay prior to Pease AFB, and visitors will also have the opportunity to speak with a USFWS biologist and learn about the threatened, native New England Cottontail. On Sunday, tours of the WSA will continue from 9am-3pm. Tours will typically occur on the hour. There will also be hands-on interactive displays for kids and families.
National Wildlife Refuge Week, observed the second full week of October each year, celebrates the great network of lands and waters that conserves and protects Americans’ precious wildlife heritage. The USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, provides vital habitat for thousands of native species, including sandhill cranes, bison and sea turtles. Refuge Week is a wonderful time to discover the outstanding recreational opportunities available on national wildlife refuges. Tens of millions of Americans visit refuges each year to enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking and wildlife watching.
Wildlife refuges also improve Americans’ comfort and safety by curbing flood risk and wildfire damage, providing cleaner air and water, and supporting local communities. Refuges generate $2.4 billion per year and more than 35,000 jobs to regional economies. The Refuge System includes 566 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts covering more than 100 million acres of lands.
For more information contact Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at (978) 465-5753 or online at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/great_bay