EcoTravel Day Trips

Eagle and Osprey Cruises!

Osprey - Bill CanosaEagle and Osprey Cruises
April 29, 2017    Reserve Early!
10am and 2pm     A Great Gift Idea!
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Or call 860-767-0660 Monday through Friday. 

Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel will again conduct boat cruises aboard the motor vessel Becky Thatcher to search for Bald Eagle, the occasional Golden Eagle, Osprey, and other bird species migrating through and nesting along the Connecticut River.

Bald Eagles can be found year round along the lower river, a habitat that hosts nesting adult eagles and numerous unattached juvenile eagles. Naturalists are on board the vessel to assist in bird identification and share information about the Connecticut River, the birdlife, and natural history. The Becky Thatcher has an enclosed cabin, restrooms, and three open decks for optimal viewing. Tours are approximately two and 1/2 hours in length (or longer depending on the river conditions) and are appropriate for children eight years old and over. Food and drink available on board. Boats leave from Haddam, CT. Detailed directions will be sent with your reservation. Fee: $40.







Swallow Cruises 2017!

Swallows - Diana Atwood Johnson
Swallow Spectacular Boat Cruises

Gift Certificates available.
Please call 860-767-0660.

Reservations available online now for 2017. Reserve early!
September 10, 17, and 24, 2017. Departs at 4:30 p.m. 

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

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

Winter Shorebirds and Ducks
Thursday, March 30,   10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Winter weakens and signs of spring migration begin to appear. Many species stage along the Lower Connecticut River before migrating back to breeding grounds, offering birders prime viewing. The trip focuses on water habitats and coastal areas in search of species such as Red-throated Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Bonaparte’s Gull, and perhaps a vagrant Black-headed Gull. Leader: Andy Griswold. Members $75/Nonmembers $85.

Early Spring Migrants
Thursday, April 20    6 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Late April is the beginning of the migration madness when birds head north to summer haunts. With favorable weather and winds, some species get a head start and we plan to greet them. Visit places known for their great diversity of spring migrants to see the birds in nuptial plumage and listen to their spring songs. Leader: Andy Griswold. Members $75/Nonmembers $85. Departs from Essex.

Exploring Litchfield County
Thursday, April 27     8 a.m. -5 p.m.
Spring is a perfect time to visit White Memorial Conservation Center, Connecticut’s largest nature center and wildlife sanctuary, boasting 4,000 acres with 35 miles of trails to explore while we look for migrant birds and emerging flora. Visit the center’s museum and Kent Falls State Park to see its lovely waterfalls. Leader: Jim Sherwonit. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.

Annual Lyme Loop
Wednesday, May 10   6 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Travel through Lyme and Nehantic State Forest in search or neo-tropical migrants. The various habitats of the state forests include wetlands, streams, and ponds, all excellent places for the morning chorus of warblers, vireos, and other songsters. Leader: Andy Griswold. Members $75/Nonmembers $85.

Wood Warblers of Cockaponset State Forest
Thursday, May 18   6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cockaponset, named after a native American chief who’s buried in Haddam, is our second largest state forest, encompassing over 16,000 acres. The forest offers great habitat for migrating songbirds and should provide for a busy morning of warblers, vireos, thrushes, and more. Leader: Andy Griswold. Members $75/Nonmembers $85.

Nehantic State Park—Beginning Birders
Thursday, May 25    7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Nehantic State Forest in Lyme is a fabulous place for beginners to get their feet wet. This forest is one of the most popular stopovers for migrating songbirds displaying colorful plumage and voicing their cheery songs. Leader: Priscilla Wood. Members $75/Nonmembers $85.

Exploring Barn Island and Bluff Point
Thursday, June 8     7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Travel to Barn Island Wildlife Management Area in Stonington and to Bluff Point State Park in Groton for late spring exploration. Barn Island is the state’s largest coastal forest, providing a diversity of habitats, including uplands and tidal wetlands. Both locations are along the water and offer fabulous walking trails. Leader: Andy Griswold. 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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