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Swallow Cruises on the Connecticut River

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Run Wednesday and Sunday evenings,
Late August through September!

Remember to save a date for one of our most popular events!
The Swallow Cruises sell out quickly, so reserve a space well in advance by calling our office or signing up online.

We are lucky enough to be able to witness two spectacular avian happenings almost from our office window. The first of the year is the spectacular concentration of eagles that join us to over-winter on the Connecticut River. The other highlight of the birding year is the Tree Swallow concentration that can be found each September and October. 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 to roost. The 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 Connecticut Audubon naturalists as they journey down river to see the spectacular display. Bring a picnic supper and your favorite beverage to enjoy on the trip, and your binoculars. A truly awe-inspiring display! If you only take one trip with EcoTravel this fall, make sure it’s this one! Fee: $40.

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Featured Day Trips

Target Birding
New Date To Be Determined!   9AM-4PM
This trip should “fill the bill” as our expert will target the cream of the area specialties and migrants. Migration is nearing an end, so don’t miss out! Tour departs from Essex. Leader: Andy Griswold. Members $75/Nonmembers $85.

Wine Trail of Litchfield County
day, August 28   8AM-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 styles and stunning scenery are to be enjoyed as we meander through the vineyards in this beautiful part of our state. This cool-climate growing region allows for refined flavor development of wines, and concurrently is a great place to look for early fall migrant birds. Leader: Priscilla Wood. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.

Birding Salem’s Loop
Thursday, September 4     8AM-4PM
Join us as we head to Salem to meet up with bird enthusiast David Bingham, who will take us searching for song birds inhabiting the nearby fields, forest, streams, and ponds. David Bingham is a retired physician from Salem and self-styled “amateur naturalist.” If time allows, we will head to Walden Preserve and the Zemko Pond Wildlife Management Area for another couple of hours. We may make a larger loop up to higher ground to more mature upland forest. Leaders: David Bingham and Andy Griswold. Members $65, Nonmembers $75.

Exploring Fisher’s Island
Wed., September 10     10AM-8PM     New Added Departure!
Don’t miss this popular trip to Fisher’s Island, which sits between Connecticut and Long Island. Part of Suffolk Country, New York, the island is accessible by ferry, serving mostly as a remote destination for summer vacationers in their exclusive island estates. Visit the Henry L. Ferguson Museum, a local oyster farm, and take a tour of the gated East End, off limits to the public. Leader: Bob Kuchta. Fee: Members $85/Nonmembers $95.

Fall Hiking in the Berkshires
Wednesday, September 24     8AM–5PM
Enjoy an autumn day in the foothills of the Berkshires exploring the walking trails in a few states parks in the Amherst/Northampton area. Elwell, Joseph Skinner, and Daughters of the American Revolution State Parks are all nestled in the five-college area with plenty of sights to see and signs of fall to enjoy. Participants will stop at the popular Atkins Farm for a picnic lunch before heading atop Joseph Skinner State Park, where you can look upon an oxbow of the Connecticut River and see, on a clear day, four states at the same time. Leader: Priscilla Wood. 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!



Falcon in a Tree

Falcon in a Tree

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

Andrew Griswold, Director

Priscilla Wood,
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FOX: Selden Island "Daytrippers"
ABC: Eagles in Essex