Name: Plum Island Birding Trip
6:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Join NBS’ expert birders, Jay Manning and Rachel Holbert as they head north to Plum Island, one of New England’s best birding hot spots for spring migration. Plum Island is a natural barrier island stretching along the Massachusetts Atlantic coast between the mouth of the Merrimack River to the north and the mouth of the Ipswich River to the south. The low, shrubby vegetation found on Plum Island offers birds many feeding opportunities and protection from the elements. The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge protects three-fourths of the island and includes 6.5 miles of sandy beach, approximately 3,000 acres of salt marsh, three managed fresh water impoundments, and one of the few unspoiled dune-beach complexes still existing in the Northeast. Located along the Atlantic Flyway, Plum Island is of special significance to waterfowl, hawks, warblers, and shorebirds, including the federally threatened piping plover. This trip is not to be missed! The van will depart promptly from the Sanctuary at 6:00 AM and return at 4:30 PM. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please dress for the weather, wear appropriate footwear, and don’t forget your binoculars! Advanced registration and payment is required. To register, please call 401-846-2577.