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Newport & Nature
Wednesday, November 5     10AM– 8PM
Newport, Rhode Island, is a diverse and dichotomous town with stately mansions on one end of town, and quiet, solitary walking paths on the other. Enjoy both of these extremes as we spend a full day in Newport enjoying the Cliff Walk that takes you along the surfside mansions of Newport. The group will take time to visit Sachuest Point and Brenton Point for additional scenic views and hiking trails, and will stop for dinner in Newport on the way home. Leader: Bob Kuchta. Fee: Members $75/Nonmembers $85.

Plymouth Plantation & Mayflower II
Wednesday, November 12     8AM-6PM
Enjoy a full day of exploring Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts, offering a fascinating and personal look at the lives of the native Wampanoag people and the English Pilgrims who lived in the early Plymouth Colony. The tour includes a visit to the ship Mayflower II. Although the original Mayflower that sailed to Plymouth in 1620 no longer exists, Plymouth Plantation’s full-scale reproduction was built in Devon, England, and crossed the Atlantic in 1957. A great way to prepare for Thanksgiving, by touring the area where it all began! Leader: Bob Kuchta: Members $90/Nonmembers $100.

Exploring Napatree Point
Thursday, November 20     8AM– 4PM
Napatree Point in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, is a great place to see all kinds of shorebirds and other migrants in the fall—a consistently good birding spot where we are likely to find something out of the ordinary. Enjoy exploring this area and searching for any rarities in the neighborhood. Leader: Andy Griswold. Members $75, Nonmembers $85.

Holidays at the Mansions
Wednesday, December3     8AM-5PM
Tour three of the most famous mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, in all of their holiday splendor! The Breakers, the estate of Cornelius Vanderbilt II; Marble House, modeled after the Petit Trianon at Versailles; and the elegant French chateau, The Elms—all will be filled with spectacular evergreens, thousands of poinsettias, and 19th-century-style ornaments. Built by America’s greatest architects during the Gilded Age, these estates allow the visitor a glimpse at the wealth, power, and influence of the men and women who made Newport the center of grand society. Leader: Bob Kuchta.Fee:Members $85/Nonmembers $95.

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Show
Saturday, December 6     2PM-9 PM
Another Annual Favorite! See the Botanical Garden in Bronx, New York, as it has never looked before. Wrapped in the glow of twinkling lights, model trains and trolleys zip along over bridges and on winding tracks past scaled replicas of New York landmarks. Orange slices, cinnamon sticks, poppy pods, pine cones, and other plant parts make a festive brew as the materials used to create the more than 140 architectural reproductions. Among the favorites are the Empire State Building, Little Red Lighthouse, Brooklyn Bridge, and the borough’s own Yankee Stadium. This trip is sure to put you in the holiday spirit! Leader : Bob Kuchta. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.


Coastal Birding Holiday
Wednesday, December 10     Noon-7PM
Join Andy Griswold, EcoTravel Director and expert birder, for an annual favorite as your birding group searches for early winter migrants and coastal birds along the shore from Westbrook to Groton. After this pre-holiday adventure, your group will be stopping for dinner at one of the fine eateries in the area. Leader: Andy Griswold. Members $75/Nonmembers $85. Bring your friends to help kick off the holiday season!


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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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