Bird Observer: The Birding Journal for New England

Bird Observer

The Birding Journal for New England

December 2016

Vol. 44, No. 6

Interview: Bill Peterson, Refuge Manager at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

David M. Larson


Bill Peterson, Rye, New Hampshire. Photograph courtesy of the author.

In 2014, Bill Peterson started work as the new Refuge Manager at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Essex County, Massachusetts. Bill grew up in St. Joseph, Minnesota, so he is obviously a wonderful person [full disclosure, the author is also a Minnesota native]. Bill started his 20-year career with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) as an intern at Sherburne NWR just north of Minneapolis. He worked at Necedah NWR in Wisconsin where he met his wife Stacy (who was working on Whooping Crane restoration there), before taking the Refuge Manager position at Wapanocca NWR in northeast Arkansas. Bill says that he has not seen an Ivory-billed Woodpecker at Wapanocca, but cannot prove that they are not there. He came here to the Parker River NWR position from Arkansas. It is a safe bet that there are no Ivory-billed Woodpeckers here, either.

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