Plum Island Chronicles

A barrier island off the northern coast of Massachusetts

Eagle Watching

With last week’s kickoff of the annual Eagle Festival sponsored by the Massachusetts Audobon society, locals should be on the look out for these magnificent creatures. Every year, Bald Eagles take to the Merrimack River basin, which provides a rich feeding habitat due to the river’s natural ice-free state. The Plum Island river basin and ajoining estuary is prime terrain for both nesting and feeding. Keep a look out for both male and female bald eagles, the latter which are primarily all brownish-black.  At the top of the food chain, and quite large, the female can measure up to 37 inches, with a wingspan of up to 90 inches. Males are slightly smaller with a body length of up to 34 inches and a wingspan between 72-85 inches. While your out looking for the eagle, be reminded that although the American Bald Eagle was taken off the endangered species list in 2007, it is still protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Got a great picture of an eagle sighting? Share it here.    ...

Plum Island Part of the Coastal Trails Network

Did you know about the Coastal Trails Network?  It’s an emerging 30-mile, public system of bicycle and pedestrian trails linking the unique coastal features, town centers, neighborhoods and transportation hubs in the communities of Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport and Salisbury.   And the coastal trail includes Plum Island. For avid bikers, Plum Island features 2.2 miles of bike lanes connecting downtown Newburyport with the beaches of Plum Island, Plum Island National Wildlife Refuge and Headquarters, Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center and the Plum Island Airport, one of the oldest in the country. And while it’s still winter, the milder weather and lack of snow has brought out bikers and runners alike to utilize the trail.  So if you haven’t yet taken advantage of the trail, don’t wait until spring.  Grab your bike, your running shoes, or just get out and walk and take in the view of the Merrimac River and its surrounding ecosystem.   The views will inspire. Want to know more about the Coastal Trails Coalition (CTC)? Visit their website...

Annual Christmas Craft Fair today at PITA Hall

The 19th Annual Plum Island Christmas Fair takes place today from 8-3pm at PITA (Plum Island Taxpayer’s Association) Hall. PITA hall is located on Plum Island Turnpike, just after the Plum Island Grill. Stop by and check out what the local artists, crafters and merchants have to...

Plum Island 20 Mile Road Race tomorrow morning

The Yukan Run(, North Shore running series continues tomorrow a.m., October 1, with the “Plum Island 20 mile road race.” Registration begins 7am at Cushing Park, Kent Street, Newburyport, MA. Race begins promptly at 8am. Plum Island residents and Newburyports are urged to watch for runners, traffic...

Upcoming Happenings

Saturday, May 30, 2015