Over the years, the Brookline Bird Club has lead 100’s of walks to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge (PRNWR), or Plum Island as we like to call it. These trips have been hugely successful and very well attended.  The BBC has made excellent use of the numerous boardwalks throughout the Refuge, particularly the Hellcat Trail boardwalk.  Who doesn’t have fond memories of searching for Warblers there in the Spring!

However, these boardwalks are showing their age and are in need of replacement. The Friends of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge are spearheading a Boardwalk Plank Fundraiser. The objective of the Friends Boardwalk Plank Fundraiser for Hellcat Trail is to raise funds to save the trail while improving the safety and accessibility of all the boardwalks on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.  With their orders, donors have an opportunity to demonstrate their support by having planks engraved with a name they specify.  The engraved planks, made of synthetic recycled materials, will replace the wooden planks on the refuge’s boardwalks, starting with the boardwalk at Lot #1.  All profits from the donations will be provided to the refuge and used specifically for the Hellcat Trail project, which is in its design phase at this time.  The first phase of this project will be the Marsh Loop portion of the trail, which has been closed since October 2017.  The Friends has had an excellent response since initiating this fundraiser and installations of engraved planks has begun on Lot #1 boardwalk.

Last month, the Brookline Bird Club became a corporate sponsor of this project and has an engraved plank with our name on it installed on the parking Lot #1 boardwalk. The BBC would like to encourage all of its members to consider donating to this worthy project.  For information on how you can donate to the worthwhile project, please visit the Friends of the Parker River web site.