No, not the Plum Island in Massachusetts, but the lesser known Plum Island off the eastern tip of Long Island. A small portion of the island has long been used as an animal disease research facility, but the federal government recently decided to move the facility to Kansas and sell Plum Island to private developers. The 840-acre gem of an island is part of an Important Bird Area and hosts a variety of regionally-rare plants as well as a host of nesting birds.
What can you do to help? Go check out Preserve Plum Island, and, while you’re there, sign the petition to make Plum Island a National Wildlife Refuge.