After a year's vacancy, the position of Refuge Manager at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge has been filled by Matthew Hillman.
Support the Pink House was excited to meet Matthew, having read about his work to save and rehabilitate a light keepers house in his former position as Manager of the Monomy National Wildlife Refuge in Chatham, MA. It was very encouraging to read that he found it rewarding to work on behalf of both the US Fish and Wildlife as well as the community on such a project. You can read more in this article from the Cape Cod Chronicle.
After our first calls together, we at Support the Pink House were delighted to find him to be down to earth, positive, professional, and experienced with a fresh perspective and a lot of good energy to devote to his work here. We think the region struck gold having Matt at the helm.
We all wanted to meet face to face but Covid made that a little challenging. The Parker River Wildlife's Visitor Center is closed - but Matt was all for the kind of connection you get in person, so suggested we gather in the butterfly garden behind the Center where we could all distance and see each other (well, at least our eyes as we all wore masks). It was great to get to know each other this way and lay a foundation for moving forward.
We all left feeling very optimistic about the partnership that is forming to work on all that's ahead together. It's welcome progress for The Pink House project.
If you get a chance, please welcome Matt, and let him know you appreciate his collaboration on The Pink House project - among the many other things he'll be doing in this new role.