“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
About Plum Island
The island was named for the beach plums that grow amongst its sand dunes. There are records of the island dating back to the early 17th century. Its early use was as a pasture for livestock from the surrounding towns. In 1787 a lighthouse was built on the northern tip of the island to assist ships to navigate up the Merrimack River to Newburyport.
Plum Island is known for its abundant wildlife, particularly birdlife. The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge protects most of the island and it is a birdwatchers paradise. A large number of migrating species use the island as a stopover and it is a breeding and nesting ground for many shorebirds. As someone who has been most of his life along the New England shoreline I would rate Plum Island as one of the most pristine spots left.