The walking tours of Plum Island, North Point, led by Bill Sargent, and run from June through October. The 2017 walking tours were a big success. Please check back in the Spring for the 2018 schedule or visit plumislandoutdoors.org The 90-minute walking tours, start at North Point’s Plum Island Lighthouse go down to the south jetty and back. The Walking Tours of Plum Island are held rain or shine so be prepared with rain gear depending upon the forecast. Tour participants should park in the Plum Island Lighthouse parking lot.
During these beautiful walks there is much to explore and discover. You will see horseshoe crabs, woolly mammoth, terns, and striped bass and view the effects of last winter’s erosion. Changes occurred over this past Winter and this Spring validating that Mother Nature is in charge!
Investigate the Coast Guard archaeology site and speculate on whether some of the artifacts could have been used to set U-boat nets across the Merrimack River. Visit the Sand Machine where up to an acre of sand flows through natural weirs in the South Jetty during high course tides. Discuss how the Army Corps of Engineers, the city of Newburyport, universities, and colleges have all been working together to work with nature and find a solution to the rapid erosion on the point.
Walking Tours of Plum Island participation costs is $10 per person, payable to The Coastlines Project. What should you bring for the trip? We recommend a camera, sensible shoes and a keen sense of humor!
Bill Sargent is well respected as an authority on this beautiful area of Plum Island and has been featured by many local and regional publications. Bill is the author of over 20 books about science and the environment, including “Islands in the Storm”, “Plum Island 4000 Years on a Barrier Beach,” and “Plum Island 2016.”
Sandy Tilton is an acclaimed nature photographer. Sandy has exhibited at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and during September at Riverview Artisans, 26 Central Square, Bristol, New Hampshire.