Plum Island is a barrier island off the northern coast of Massachusetts where the Parker River and the Merrimack River flow into the Gulf of Maine. It contains a mix of summer and year-round residences, the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, and Sandy Point State Park.
Plum Island is split between Newburyport, Newbury, Rowley, and Ipswich. Newburyport is best known as a seaport, and as shipbuilding center in days gone by. It's a pretty cool place to visit in its own right.
The island is best known as an outstanding birding spot. It's a stop off on many many migration paths. Birders come from all over the world to add to their life lists on Plum Island.
This just in:
8/24/06: John from Joh'ns Birding Page visited the refuge and blogged about it.
8/21/06: The folks at Birding in Maine visied Plum Island and blogged about it. They've got some nice pictures.
5/20/06: Channel 4 covered the post flood cleanup on PI. The National Guard helped.
4/13/06: The Undertoad blog on Plum Island Coffee Roasters, which is not on Plum Island but since they (mother/daughter entrepreneurs) are flexible enough to sell me coffee before they're open when I'm on my way to my plover warden shift I want to plug them.
Plum Island Links
Birds - See Also Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Birding America's Plum Island PageA UK site with a wealth of info for birders planning a trip to Plum Island and other Massachusetts sites from abroad.Links to current reports on what birds are being seen on PI and elsewhere. Most comprehensive Massachusetts birding site.
From Masschusetts Coastal Zone Management.
Ecology /Geology/Oceanography - Scientific Stuff
Essex National Heritage Area
Plum Island Kayaks
Beach Cottage RentalsThe only hotel on PI. Now called blue.
From Coast Guard Stories - the story of a guy assigned to the Life Boat Station on Plum Island in 1949.
The Parker River
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Friends of the Parker River NWR
The official Plum Island page with links to PITA and civic and business sites. This just in: 5/20/06: they've got lots of pictures of the aftermath of last week's storm.
I've never eaten here because I'm a vegetarian, but my cousin Kathy from York, ME knows the owners and she vouches for it.
Plum Island Lighthouse
Plum Island Light (Friends of Plum Island Light)Includes a great bibliography.
Poetry, Literary Stuff, Art, Photos
EssaysWinter's Embrace by Joe Noonan
Sandy Point State Reservation
JCA designs - Plum Island JCA designs - Plum Island sells clothing and unique gift items. They offer graphic designs and photos on shirts, mugs, postcards, bumper stickers and more. Note: they do have at least one tasteless piping plover joke, but since I still have some of my sense of humor I'm keeping the link here.
The Famous Giant SquidI'm telling you this squid is really really famous. So was Timothy Dexter.Scroll down to the giant Plum Island squid painted by Daniel.Scroll down to Squidly's story and read about how the famous giant squid of Plum Island and crazy people in scuba suits.This squid washed up on PI in 1980 and is still news in 2003. Told you it's a really famous squid. It's in the Smithsonian. But you knew that because you've read all these other links.This squid is one wicked famous sea monster.
In case you were wondering what all those pipes and all that digging are about.
White Pine Programs runs a monthly program on Plum Island called the Plum Island Watch. PIW is a seaside tracking club where they learn from the tracks and trails and sign of the island's many residents.