EcoTravel Day Trips

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.

Please call us about small private charters (up to 6 people).

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Featured Day Trips

Exploring Fisher’s Island
Additional Date!     Sat., July 12     10AM-8PM
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.

Cruisin’ for Osprey Chicks
New Date!     Sat., July 19     9:30AM-12:30PM
Join us aboard the motor vessel RiverQuest as we cruise the Connecticut River in search good views of nesting Osprey. These cosmopolitan birds, found on nearly every continent in the world, prepare their nests in early spring for the arrival of their young in early July. The cruise departs from Haddam at Eagle Landing State Park. Fee: $40 for all passengers.

Thimble Island Cruise & Trolley Trail Hike
Wednesday, July 23     8AM-4PM
Enjoy the charming small village of Stoney Creek, Branford as the group begins the day with a picturesque walk along the Trolley Trail.  This short and easy trail takes hikers through the shoreline marshes and woodlands where the trolley used to bring commuters from Branford to New Haven.  After a picnic lunch, the group will embark on a cruise of the Thimble Islands which were first discovered by Adrien Block in 1614 and were used for everything from farming to quarrying granite. Enjoy a splendid day in this lovely waterfront town. Leader: Priscilla Wood. Fee: Members $85/Nonmembers $95.

South Beach, Cape Cod
Wed., Aug. 13     7AM-6PM
Take in a full day of shore birding on one of the barrier islands 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, and Black-bellied Plover. In the past, we have spotted an Arctic Tern! A beautiful way to spend a summer’s day! Leader: Andy Griswold Fee: Members $90/Nonmembers $100.


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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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30 Plains Road
PO Box 903
Essex, CT 06426

Andrew Griswold, Director

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