Parker River National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1942 primarily to provide feeding, nesting and resting habitat for migratory birds. Located along the Atlantic Flyway, the refuge is of vital significance to waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds during pre- and post- breeding migratory periods. The refuge consists of 4,662 acres of diverse upland and wetland habitats including sandy beach and dune, shrub/thicket, bog, swamp, freshwater marsh, salt marsh and associated creek, river, mud flat and salt pan. These and other refuge habitats support varied and abundant populations of resident and migratory wildlife including more than 300 species of birds and additional species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects and plants. The Visitor Center exhibits are open 7 days a week from 11am-4pm. The interactive exhibits feature information about piping plover recovery, invasive species, migratory birds (including an indoor bird observation area), salt marshes and much more. The Visitor Center also features The Plover’s Nest gift shop, run by the Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, an auditorium that shows an introductory video to the refuge, and a set of classrooms used for meetings, field trips and interpretive programs.