EcoTravel Day Trips

Eagle/Osprey Cruises on the Connecticut River

Extended Schedule!

April 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27

See Reservation Page for times, or call 860-767-0660

We have extended our Eagle Boat Season and are now offering Eagle/Osprey Cruises on the lower Connecticut River. Resident Bald Eagles, which remain here year round, are on their nests and Osprey are now returning to their nest sites. Aboard the vessel will be naturalists to assist in bird identification and to talk about the natural history and history of the river. The boat has a large heated cabin, restroom, and open decks. Cruises are approximately two hours in length from Haddam. Fee: $40.

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Or call 860-767-0660

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Featured Day Trips 

Birding the North Fork

Wed., April 16     8AM-6PM
The North Fork of Long Island is not short on places to observe winter birds. With so many bodies of water—Long Island Sound, The Peconic Bay System, the numerous creeks and backwaters—the trouble can be deciding where to go!  From Orient Point to Riverhead, almost any side road can offer opportunities. There are several public beaches, as well as Orient State Park, that have easy  drive-up access to views of the water. Enjoy the area while summer visitors are gone and feathered guests thriving. Leader: Andy Griswold. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.

FREE PROGRAM!    Get Started Birding!
Saturday, April 19      1PM to 4PM

Have you always wanted to get out and start bird watching more seriously? Birding is one of the top two hobbies in the country, second only to gardening! Here is your opportunity to find out what it takes, as Connecticut Audubon Society’s expert guides will be on hand to tell you about binoculars, spotting scopes, and field guides to get you started. The event is FREE and the experts happy to evaluate any equipment you may already have and make suggestions if you’re interested in upgrading. Learn about the extensive birding opportunities offered through Connecticut Audubon Society’s EcoTravel program. 
Location: Eagle Landing State Park, 1 Marine Park Road, Haddam

Early Spring Migrants
Wed., April 23     7AM-4PM
Late April is the beginning of migration madness when bird species are heading north to their summer habitat. With the right weather and winds, some species like to get a head start and we will be here to greet them. Andy will take you to some of the local spots that are known for their great diversity of spring migrants. Come see the birds in nuptial plumage and listen to their spring songs. Leader: Andy Griswold. Members $65/Nonmembers $75.

Blithewold Garden & Newport Cliff Walk
Thur., April 24     9AM-5PM
Blithewold, named as one of the five Yankee Magazine 2010 Best Public Gardens in New England, is located on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. This 33-acre summer estate with its grand views of the sea is historically significant as one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place Era. The property features a 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms and framed by a series of lovely gardens. After a picnic lunch, the group will head to Newport for a drive down the boulevard of famous homes, stopping at the Newport Cliff Walk for a stroll along the ocean. Leader: Bob Kuchta. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.

Heublin Tower in Avon
Sat., May 3     8AM-4PM
Join us for a day trip to Heublein Tower, which sits atop Talcott Mountain, a long, precipitous wooded ledge famous for its great views. The 165-foot tower was built as a summer home in 1914 by Gilbert Heublein. In the early fifties, two future presidents were guests, General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan. The 1,000-foot-high promontory provides a splendid view of the Connecticut landscape. On the horizon, Mount Monadnock, eighty miles away in New Hampshire, is discernible. To the northwest, the Berkshires dominate the horizon. Long Island Sound is revealed as a thin blue streak to the south. One can see an area estimated to be 1,200 square miles. Hikers may encounter a variety of wildlife in this natural sanctuary. Bird watchers enjoy sightings of Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, and Pileated Woodpecker. See what early spring has to offer in the garden and the woods. Leader: Priscilla Wood: Members $75/Nonmembers $85.

Birding Mount Auburn Cemetery
Sat., May 10     5AM-5PM
Mount Auburn Cemetery located in Cambridge, MA is a scenic place for visitors and a resting spot for migrating spring warblers. For the great majority of neotropical migrants, the Cemetery is not a final destination but a way station, a place to rest and feed en route from their wintering grounds to nesting grounds often far to the north in the forests of Canada. Mount Auburn lies just 1.5 miles from the coast and nestles in a bend of the Charles River, these features leading weary migrants to the food. Leaders: Priscilla Wood and James Restivo. Fee: Members $75/Nonmembers $85.


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Have you ever wanted to search for a rare bird near Connecticut, but couldn’t find directions or were concerned about going alone? Here’s your chance to join CAS EcoTravel Rarities Expeditions. We’ll provide the transportation, driver, pleasant company, experienced leadership, and logistical arrangements. This is how it works: first, call EcoTravel to sign on. Then, when a “bird of significance” is in the area, EcoTravel will contact you with the chance to join the adventure. You have the option of coming along or waiting for the next big rarity. The fee will be determined by how far we have to drive for each bird and the number of people participating. Call 800-996-8747 to get your name on the list! Call now so you will not miss out!


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Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel
30 Plains Road
PO Box 903
Essex, CT 06426

Andrew Griswold, Director

Priscilla Wood,
EcoTravel Assistant

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