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Plum Island

Newbury, Massachusetts 01951
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Plum Island (please use more refined location)
Coordinates: 42.7985496, -70.8090735
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Plum Island Turnpike bridge
Coordinates: 42.7976795, -70.8213687
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Plum Island–North End
Coordinates: 42.8165016, -70.8199005
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Parker River NWR
Coordinates: 42.7639008, -70.8022995
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Parker River NWR–Bill Forward Pool
Coordinates: 42.7368477, -70.7942462
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Parker River NWR–Cross Farm Hill
Coordinates: 42.7169991, -70.7805023
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Parker River NWR–Emerson Rocks
Coordinates: 42.7073561, -70.7721689
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Parker River NWR–Hellcat Dike
Coordinates: 42.7411003, -70.7965012
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Parker River NWR–Hellcat Dunes Loop
Coordinates: 42.7445579, -70.7955307
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Parker River NWR–Kettle Hole
Coordinates: 42.7711983, -70.8048019
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Parker River NWR–Lot 1
Coordinates: 42.7897793, -70.8091271
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Parker River NWR–Lot 2
Coordinates: 42.7819783, -70.8085001
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Parker River NWR–Lot 3
Coordinates: 42.7728661, -70.8059482
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Parker River NWR–Lot 5
Coordinates: 42.7322312, -70.7895317
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Parker River NWR–Lot 6
Coordinates: 42.7139256, -70.7778
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Parker River NWR–Maintenance Area
Coordinates: 42.756722, -70.8052111
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Parker River NWR–Nelson Island
Coordinates: 42.7446853, -70.8290033
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Parker River NWR–North Field/Pool
Coordinates: 42.7495392, -70.8000934
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Parker River NWR–North Pool Overlook
Coordinates: 42.7541657, -70.8027005
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Parker River NWR–Pines Trail
Coordinates: 42.733799, -70.7903976
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Parker River NWR–Salt Pans
Coordinates: 42.7737313, -70.8073997
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Parker River NWR–Stage Island Pool
Coordinates: 42.710964, -70.7760179
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Parker River NWR–Stage Island Trail
Coordinates: 42.7095765, -70.7840538
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Parker River NWR–Visitor Center
Coordinates: 42.7987361, -70.8493688
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Birding in Massachusetts

About Plum Island
Plum Island is an 11-mile long barrier Island off the shore of Newburyport and Newbury. Once largely a summer getaway, Plum Island is increasingly a year-round community. The island has many residences, a national wildlife refuge, restaurants, an inn on the beach, and of course miles of beautiful sandy beaches.

Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Joppa Flats Education Center, an environmental conservation and educational organization is conveniently located on Plum Island Turnpike on your way to the island. They offer organized bird watching tours and other educational programs for adults or the whole family.

The focal point for many birding trips is the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, a 4,662-acre sanctuary located on Plum Island. The entrance to the refuge is situated less than four miles from Market Square Newburyport. The refuge contains a wide variety of habitats including beaches, sand dunes, saltmarshes, salt pannes, freshwater impoundments, and maritime forests. The large salt pannes located on the west side of the refuge road are excellent places to see a large variety of shorebirds during fall migration (July through September) and egrets and herons from mid-April through October. The Hellcat Wildlife Observation Area has large freshwater impoundments, an extensive swamp, and deciduous forest. The impoundments and swamp usually support large numbers of waterfowl, herons, and shorebirds. The woodlands are excellent places during the spring and fall to observe large numbers of migrating songbirds, including the magnificent wood-warblers. Near the southern end of the island, Stage Island Pool is also excellent for waterfowl and waders. Sandy Point State Reservation at the sound end of Plum Island is a breeding area for the endangered Piping Plover during the summer and a very productive site in fall for shorebirds. During the winter, the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to see waterfowl plus many northern species that winter in our area. Highlight species include the Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Shrike, and Snowy Owl.
From Plum Island webpage