Getting a Bird’s-Eye View on Plum Island, Massachusetts
The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is a popular place for bird watching, and watching the bird watchers is pretty fun, too. But be sure to steal a moment for some solitary time communing with your surroundings. Climb one of the observation towers and take it all in: sea, dune, salt marsh, bay. When you are still, the refuge comes to life. Use all your senses. The slender white egrets stand like markers in the marsh shallows, the red-winged blackbirds flash their colors as they fly to a nearby tree. Hear the cooing of a dove, the laugh of a catbird. The sun is warm on your face, the breeze tugs at your sleeve, and the taste of salt is on your lips. Smell the green, muddy scent of the marsh (that’s what life smells like). It’s a serene sort of sensory overload.