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Walking Tours of Plum Island, North Point

September 10, 2017 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


The walking tours of Plum Island, North Point, led by Bill Sargent and Sandy Tilton, will run on Sundays at 10 AM starting on September 10th. The 90-minute walking tours, will run from North Point’s Plum Island Lighthouse to the south jetty and back, rain or shine. Parking in the Plum Island Lighthouse parking lot.

Tour participants will gather at the Plum Island Lighthouse  Parking lot at 10 AM for the walk.

Discover horseshoe crabs, wooly mammoth, terns,

  • Horseshoe Crab, Genus: Limulus, Species: Polyphemus
and striped bass.  View the effects of last winter’s erosion. Changes did occur over this past Winter and this Spring. Mother Nature is in charge!

Investigate the Coast Guard archeology 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 flow 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.

Tour participation costs $10, payable to the Coastlines Project. Bring a camera, sensible shoes and a keen sense of humor with you.

Andy Griffith follows along the tour with a trash bag, picking up trash along the walk. We appreciate participant’s contributions!

Bill Sargent is the author of over 20 books about science and the environment, including his recently published “Plum Island 2017: Resurrection.

Several of his books are available at the Plum Island Outdoors, Inc. Online Store including:

  • “Islands in the Storm
  • “Plum Island 4000 Years on a Barrier Beach
  • “Plum Island 2016
  • “Crab Wars: A Tale of Horseshoe Crabs, Bioterrorism, and Human Health
  • “Plum Island 2017: Resurrection

Proceeds from sales on this Webpage support Plum Island Outdoors, Inc.

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.


September 10, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Plum Island Outdoors, Inc.


Plum Island Point, Newburyport, MA
Newburyport, MA 01950 United States + Google Map