The primary mission of the Great South Bay Audubon Society is to advocate for the conservation of habitats for native birds and other native wildlife on Long Island.
Located less than a mile from Orient Point, the tip of Long Island’s North Fork, lies this 840 acre island.
Most famously, the island houses the Plum Island Animal Disease Center. What is lesser known is that the approximately 90% of Plum Island that is undeveloped not only holds remarkable ecological and scenic sites, it also holds nationally-significant artifacts and historic buildings, including the 1870 Plum Gut Lighthouse and the 1897 Fort Terry army barracks and weapons batteries.
An ecological gem, Plum Island is home to federally threatened and NYS endangered piping plovers, along with approximately 190 other bird species that utilize the island for breeding or migratory purposes. In addition, it is the most significant seal haul-out site in southern New England, playing host to up to several hundred grey and harbor seals each winter. Forty rare and protected plant species round out the treasure trove of ecological abundance that this island possesses.
Now, Plum Island's rich wildlife habitat is in danger of being sold to developers. In 2008, Congress approved sale of the island to a private party, with plans to move the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to another state.
For the most up-to-date information and news regarding the efforts to save Plum Island from being sold, please be sure to visit their website, where you can sign up for their email alerts, and/or "like" them on Facebook.