Plum Island National Wildlife Refuge is a US Top 100 birding site. Its coastal marshes with vegetated dunes provide diverse habitats that support a rich diversity of birds year-round. Ocean viewing allows near-shore and occassionally off-shore pelagics to be seen. Sandy beaches support migrant and overwintering shorebirds, including breeding Piping Plovers. Leeside of the dunes support some mature stands of woody vegetation that serve as migrant traps and an extensive estuarine spartina marsh system. In Winter, Snowy Owls and offshore wintering waterbirds, including loons, grebes, gulls, and seaducks are regular.
Meet Up - Unless otherwise determined, this tour begins at the Parker River NWR Visitor's Center at 6 Plum Island TPK, Newburyport, MA.
Focus: New England Coastal Birds, Spring and Fall Migrants, Winter Birds
Season: Available Year-round
Hike: None; some walking to beach, on short trails and boardwalks
Time: 2-8 hours
Size: up to 8 persons
Fee: $49 per Adult per 2 hour block (Youth 10-15yo half-price); book multiple blocks to extend your birding day
Private: $89 per person per 2 hour block; book additional blocks (@$80pp) to extend your birding day