EcoTravel Day Trips

Connecticut Audubon Society’s Teen Summer EcoVenture, July 15 and 16, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 10.44.23 AMCalling all teens in Connecticut: If you are 15-18 years of age and are seeking adventure in the great outdoors, we have just the experience for you! 

On Wednesday, July 15, and Thursday, July 16, we will be offering our first ever all-day Teen EcoVentures. Teens will work with our expert biologists and naturalists to band birds and conduct grassland bird surveys in Pomfret and then head out onto the Connecticut River to explore beautiful Selden Island. Come for one day or come for both!  

We will meet at our Birdcraft Museum at 314 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, at 7:30 a.m. Connecticut Audubon Society will provide all transportation. We will complete each day’s adventure at 4 p.m. Field equipment, snacks and lunch are included.

You can come for both days for $375 or one day for $200.

For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact Priscilla Wood of our EcoTravel office at pwood@ctaudubon.org. 

 

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Day Trip Listing 

 

Exploring Fisher’s Island
Saturday, July 11   10am – 8pm         SOLD OUT!
Saturday, Sept 12     10am – 8pm     NEW DATE!

Don’t miss this very popular day trip to Fisher’s Island, New York which is a small island that sits between the eastern coast of Connecticut and the tip of Long Island Sound. The Island, which is part of Suffolk Country, New York, is accessible by plane or ferry and serves mostly as a remote destination for summer vacationers in their exclusive island estates. The group will visit the Henry L. Ferguson Museum, a local oyster farm, and take a tour of the gated East End, which is off limits to the public. Please bring your binoculars, field guides, a bag lunch, and money for dinner. Leader: Bob Kuchta. Members $95/Nonmembers $105.

Beaches and Birds of Rhode Island
Wednesday, July 22     9am – 5pm
A warm summer day is the perfect time to stroll the beaches in search of shorebirds. Rhode Island has a wide selection of state parks and shore front, just perfect for birding and a great walk along the ocean front on the famous Cliff Walk of Newport. We make stops at Sachuest Point, Brenton Point State Park, other birding hot spots, as well as a vineyard stop on the way back to Connecticut. Leader: Priscilla Wood. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.

South Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts
Wednesday, August 5   7am – 6pm
Take in a full day of shorebirding on one of the barrier beaches off the coast of Chatham, Massachusetts. Your group will be ferried to this beautiful and vast island habitat populated by Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Marbled Godwit, and Piping Plover. In the past we’ve found Arctic Tern! A beautiful way to spend a warm summer’s day. Leader: Andy Griswold. Members $95/Nonmembers $105.

Wave Hill
Saturday, August 8     8am – 5pm
Plantsmanship, aesthetic sensibility, and the human experience of the natural environment are the horticultural emphasis of Wave Hill’s 28 acres of gardens and woodland in Bronx, New York. The group will tour through this estate that was once leased by Theodore Roosevelt’s family and Mark Twain. Of winter at Wave Hill, Twain wrote, “I believe we have the noblest roaring blasts here I have ever known on land; they sing their hoarse song through the big tree-tops with a splendid energy that thrills me and stirs me and uplifts me and makes me want to live always.” Leader: Bob Kuchta: Members $85/Nonmembers $95.

Milford Point Shore Birds
Saturday, August 22     8am – 4pm
Check out the shorebirds of Milford Point and see what the dog days of summer have to offer in the birding world. Stops at other birding hot spots including Mondo Pond and the Connecticut Audubon Society Milford Point Coastal Center are on the agenda. Enjoy the warm summer day by the water in hopes of a cool breeze. Leader: Jim Sherwonit. Members $75/Nonmembers $85.

Swallow Spectacular Cruises
Evenings in September. Call for the dates for one of our most popular events!
On the Connecticut River, witness one of the most spectacular avian happenings with the Tree Swallow concentrations that can be found each year. During fall migration, thousands of swallows congregate on the lower Connecticut River and at sunset settle in on a giant communal roost. Birds come from as far away as 25 miles, converge at dusk, often creating a ballet of synchronized flight before settling down to roost. Renowned ornithologist and artist Roger Tory Peterson wrote, “I have seen a million flamingos on the lakes of East Africa and as many seabirds on the cliffs of the Alaska Pribilofs, but for sheer drama, the tornadoes of Tree Swallows eclipsed any other avian spectacle I have ever seen.” Join CAS naturalists as they journey by boat along the river to see this spectacular display. Bring a picnic supper and your favorite beverage to enjoy on the trip, and your binoculars. If you only take one trip this fall, make sure it’s this one! Fee: $40. Call 860-767-0660 for details!

Wine Trail of Litchfield County
Wednesday September 23     9am – 5pm
Litchfield County, in the northwest corner of the state, has been named one of the most exciting and fastest growing wine regions in the United States. A tremendous variety of wine style and stunning scenery are to be enjoyed as we meander through this beautiful part of our state. This cool-climate growing region allows for refined flavor development of wines and is also a great place to look for early fall migrants. Trip will also include a short hike at White Memorial Conservation Center. Leader: Priscilla Wood. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.

 

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SEARCH FOR RARITIES

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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Donate your car, boat, truck, RV, Jet Ski or snowmobile to Connecticut Audubon EcoTravel and receive a tax deduction. This no cost, no hassle process begins when you contact our fundraising partner, Donation Line LLC at 877-227-7487. Make sure to ask for our extension 3087. Or you can click here on “Donate Car”  to donate online, now.

 

 

 

 

Address

Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel
30 Plains Road
PO Box 903
Essex, CT 06426
800-996-8747
860-767-0660

Andrew Griswold, Director
agriswold@ctaudubon.org

Priscilla Wood,
EcoTravel Assistant
pwood@ctaudubon.org

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