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Plum Island Excursion with New London Maritime Society
Plum Island, New York
Old Saybrook, CT
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NB: As of February 14, the date of this trip has been changed to Wednesday, July 19.

Visit a naturally beautiful, historically secretive location.

Plum Island is a de facto nature preserve lying just 10 miles off Connecticut's shore and about 1.5 miles off the northeast coast of Long Island in New York waters, an 840-acre island of mostly-undisturbed, lush wild habitat. Due to its partial use as a federal research facility, most of the island has remained an undeveloped sanctuary for wildlife, like osprey, bank swallow, and piping plover, and for native plants. (Please visit http://www.ctenvironment.org/#!plum-island/c1q15 to learn more.)

The date of the one 2017 NLMS / Plum Island trip is Wednesday, July 19. The trip is limited to 30 attendees.

We have made a couple of changes this year. These reflect changes in national security requirements.

1.) The trip is open to New London Maritime Society members, only, and each must register individually. There is no fee for this trip.

2.) You may become a member and register here.
Individual membership is $35.(Order option: you may purchase a $35 individual Membership + receive 1 free ticket.)
Family membership (includes spouses and children up-to age 18) is $50. (Order option: you may purchase a Family Membership + receive 1 free ticket. You then may register for additional free NLMS member tickers for family members.) NLMS Family members may sign up all immediate family (spouses and children between ages 14-18). Each attendee must register individually.

A ferry leaving from Old Saybrook, CT, takes us to-and-from the island. We first visit the Plum Island Animal Disease Center of New York. PIDAC is a United States federal research facility dedicated to the study of large animal diseases. It is part of the DHS Directorate for Science and Technology. After learning about PIDAC, visitors take a bus tour encompassing the entire island, including visiting Fort Terry (est. 1897). There is quite a bit of walking involved. (Learn more about PIDAC here https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/plum-island-animal-disease-center.)

This is a fascinating trip, but you will need to provide some personal information before you are allowed to visit. Providing this information is a strict federal requirement. We've tried to simplify the collection process this year, but it ultimately is your responsibility to get the required information to us, (Susan, who is the Point of Contact, or POC, at NLMS) by Friday, March 31.

On July 19, guests meet at the Old Saybrook One Harbor at 7 AM for the ferry. The boat returns at approximately 2:15 PM.

Cameras and cell phones are permitted on the island, but photos may only be snapped at certain locations.

With the fate of Plum Island in the air, it is important to visit and see the island for oneself.

There is no charge for this trip. New London Maritime Society organizes it as a public service.

Visitors may bring their own lunch.

Federal background check information must be completed and submitted to New London Maritime Society by Friday, March 31, 2017. You will provide the information in three parts:

1.) We will contact you using the email information provided with this registration. All registrants will be emailed a questionnaire by mid February and should fill it out and return it by email to nlharborlight@gmail.com.

2.) Registrants also are responsible for calling Susan at 860-447-8700 and providing their social security number.

3.) Additionally, new this year, each registrant will fill out and sign a form provided by the US government. This original signed document must be returned to Susan by March 31, 2017.

Partial information is not acceptable. All information -- the signed form, the survey, and the ss number -- must be received by Friday, March 31, 2017, at 5 PM, or you will be bumped from the trip. Sorry, but these are federal regulations!

The information needed is:

   1.) First and Last name
   2.) US citizenship status
   3.) Country of Origin
   4.) City and State of residence
   5.) Employer and Occupation or name of school if a student
   6.) Age as of scheduled visit date
   7.) Date of birth (not required if under 18 on date of visit)
   8.) SSN (not required if under 18 on date of visit)
   9.) Telephone Number (not required if under 18 on date of visit)
   10.) Credentialed or freelance media member status
   11.) Are you a local, state or federally elected official or a member of their staff
   12.) Will you be gathering any data on Plum Island during their proposed visit
   13.) Are you a potential purchaser or investor for the sale of Plum Island
   14.) Are you involved in any litigation against the US Department of Homeland Security or US Department of Agriculture
   15.) Do you require assistance with walking or any ambulatory movement (ie use a walker, wheelchair, unsteady on their feet) - this is for safety precautions related to our dock in Old Saybrook, CT

NOTE: Providing false information to the government is a violation of 18 U.S. Code ยง 1001 and is a felony punishable by fine, imprisonment or both.

Thank you.

New London Maritime Society - nicely nautical
Wednesday Jul 19, 2017 7:00 AM - Wednesday Jul 19, 2017 2:15 PM | Free - $50.00


Plum Island, New York (View)
Old Saybrook One Harbor, 22 Bridge St
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
United States


Education > Tours
Other > Green

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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