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Featured Day Trips
Exploring Fisher’s Island WAIT LIST!
Wed., June 12 10AM-8PM
Don’t miss this popular day trip to Fisher’s Island, a small island that sits between the eastern coast of Connecticut and the tip of Long Island Sound. Fisher’s Island, which is part of New York, is accessible by ferry and serves mostly as a remote destination for summer vacationers in their exclusive island estates. Visit a museum and a local oyster farm, and take a tour of the gated East End, which is off limits to the public. Bring a bag lunch and dinner money. Leaders: Priscilla Wood and Bob Kuchta. Fee: Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Paddling Great Island
Fri., June 21 9:30AM-12:30PM
Join Andy Griswold as he leads a paddle around great island in search of Osprey and other water birds. The Great Island area provides paddling in the secluded back channels, side rivers, and coves that parallel the lower Connecticut River on the east side. You wind through 10-foot-tall marsh reeds and grasses enjoying early summer serenity. Participants must have their own kayak or canoe and PDF. Fee: Members $25/Nonmembers $35.
Sat., June 29 2PM-6PM
Join Scott Tucker on the set of Expedition New England while he monitors den sites of the Northern Copperhead, one of Southern Connecticut’s two venomous snakes. Learn about their life cycle and possibly see Eastern Black Rat Snake, which frequently shares the habitat. Because of the sensitivity of this species, locations are not specified. Transportation to sites will be from Essex. Leader: Scott Tucker: $55 Members/$65 Nonmembers.
Cruisin’ for Osprey Chicks
Sat., July 20 9:30AM-12:30PM
Join us aboard RiverQuest as we cruise the Connecticut River in search of close-up views of nesting Osprey. This cosmopolitan species, found on nearly every continent, returns to the CT River each spring and prepares nests for the arrival of its young in early July. Fee: $35 for all passengers.
Wednesday and Sunday evenings from August 28 to Ocotober 6.
Remember to save the date for one of our most popular events!
The Cruises sell out quickly so reserve a space well in advance.
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On the Connecticut River, we are lucky enough to be able to witness two spectacular avian happenings. The first of the year is the spectacular concentration of eagles that join us to over-winter. The other highlight of the birding year is the amazing Tree Swallow concentration that can be found each September. During fall migration, thousands of swallows congregate on the lower Connecticut River and at sunset settle in on a giant communal roost. The birds come from as far away as 25 miles and converge at dusk, often creating a “ballet” and “funnel” of birds before and as they settle down for the night. 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 had ever seen.” Join Connecticut Audubon Society naturalists as they journey along the Connecticut River to see this spectacular display. Bring a picnic supper and your favorite beverage to enjoy on the trip. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. A truly awe inspiring display! If you only take one trip with EcoTravel this fall… make sure it’s this one! Fee: $40.
Please call us about small private charters (up to 6 people) for this event.
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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