EcoTravel Day Trips

Swallow Cruises 2017!

Swallows - Diana Atwood Johnson

Reservations available online now. Reserve early!

September 10, 17, and 24, 2017. Departs at 4:30 p.m. 

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September 17  SOLD OUT!

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Or call 860-767-0660, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Witness one of the most spectacular avian happenings as thousands of Tree Swallows congregate on the lower Connecticut River and settle in on a giant communal roost each evening at sunset. Birds come from as far as 30 miles away, often creating a ballet of synchronized flight.

Join Connecticut Audubon Society naturalists aboard Essex Steam Train and Riverboat’s Becky Thatcher as we journey first by train and then by boat to see the spectacular, awe-inspiring display. Enjoy picturesque scenery on the train ride to the 70-foot Mississippi-style river boat. Food and a full bar are available on board. There is ample seating, three decks, and restrooms. If you take only one trip in the fall, make sure it is this one! Tours are approximately three and a half hours in length. Fee: $45. Eight years and over, please. 
All of last season’s boats sold out, so make your reservations early for 2017. 
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Day Trip Listings

(All Day Trips include transportation from a central meeting spot).

NY Botanical Garden: Chihuly Glass Exhibit
Saturday, August 19   8 a.m. – 5 p.m.    Wait List Only!
Have you ever been to Mohegan Sun Casino or other large venues and wondered who created the enormous, vibrant glass sculptures? It’s Dale Chihuly, an American glass sculptor and entrepreneur. His works are considered unique to the field of blown glass, and he has created breathtaking works of art which are on view at NYBG in his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years. Twenty installations have been created specifically for NYBG and will complement the garden’s landscape and architecture. We’ll have time to enjoy other portions of the garden as well. Leader: Priscilla Wood. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.

Jamaica Bay
Saturday, August 26  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Jamaica Bay, in Queens, New York, is one of the most important urban wildlife refuges. It hosts a variety of habitats, including salt marsh, several fresh and brackish water ponds, and an open expanse of bay and islands, making this destination a fabulous location for shore birds. This trip is scheduled at this time in hopes of capturing the southward migration of shorebirds. Leader: Will Haffey. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.

Wine Trail of Litchfield County
Thursday, September 28    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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 this beautiful part of the state. This cool-climate growing region allows for refined flavor development, and it is also a great place to look for early fall migrants. The trip will include a short hike at White Memorial Conservation Center. Leader: Priscilla  Wood. Members $85/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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