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Day Trip Listings
Kykuit: Architecture, Gardens, and Art
Saturday, September 10 8 AM-5 PM Full! Call to get on the waitlist.
Kykuit is the preeminent Hudson Valley landmark. For architecture, remarkable gardens, art, history, and spectacular scenery, a trip here is a must. This hilltop was home to generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with philanthropist John D. Rockefeller whose business acumen made him the richest man in America. A site of the national significance, this landmark has been meticulously maintained for more than 100 years. Leader: Bob Kuchta. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Ledyard’s Glacier Park and Avery Preserve
Wednesday, September 14 8AM – 5PM
There is a lot more to Ledyard than casinos. Enjoy the day walking the woods of Ledyard at the Glacier Park where the trails wind through stunning rock formations created 13,000 years ago by a melting glacier. You will walk past (and sometimes climb over) boulders ranging in size from beach balls to buses. After a picnic lunch, the group will head to the Avery Preserve and walk the mile-and-a-half easy trail with several interesting features to explore. Leader: Priscilla Wood. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Wine Trail of Litchfield County
Wednesday, September 21 9AM – 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 this beautiful park-like landscape. This cool-climate growing region allows for refined flavor development of wines and is also a great place to look for migrating birds. The trip includes a short hike at White Memorial Conservation Center. Leader: Priscilla Wood. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Birding and Botany in Central Park
Saturday, October 8 8AM – 5PM
Spend a splendid day full of birding and botany in New York City’s Central Park as we walk among the maples, oaks, and elms. These are just a few of the trees that create a spectacular backdrop at the park in fall. Head up to the Ramble, where migrating birds make their bi-annual stop. Enjoy all of the park’s arches, bridges, statues, and memorials surrounded by the beautiful colors of autumn. Leaders: Bob Kuchta and Jim Sherwonit. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Harkness Memorial Park
Wednesday, October 12 10AM – 6PM
Enjoy panoramic views of Long Island Sound from over 230 seaside acres of sweeping lawns, stately trees, and spectacular gardens of Harkness Memorial Park in Waterford. From here, the group will venture to the Thames River and its tidal estuary to continue the search for migrant warblers and other songbirds of the later migration season. Stop for an early dinner at a favorite local eatery. Leader: Andy Griswold. Members $75/Nonmembers $85.
North Fork Vineyard Tour
Wednesday, October 19 8AM – 5PM
Back by popular demand! Join us on a trip to Long Island and the beautiful town of Greenport, New York. Did you know that the North Fork of Long Island has over 30 vineyards? You will take a tour of a handful of these vineyards and enjoy wine tastings as well as an introduction to the world of enology (the study of wines and wine-making). A stop in Greenport to visit the carousel and shops may be on the itinerary as well. Leaders: Jim Denham and Andy Griswold. Members $95/Nonmembers $105.
A Visit to Sleepy Hollow
Thursday, October 27 7AM – 6PM
Sleepy Hollow is a village in the town of Mount Pleasant, New York, located on the east bank of the Hudson River about 30 miles north of New York City. The names of the famous and the infamous, both historic and legendary, have left their mark on this quiet Hudson River village The group will visit Rockefeller State Park Preserve, an important birding area and fabulous place for trail hikes and nature exploration. Learn about the history of the village along with its famous character, the Headless Horseman. Leader: Priscilla Wood. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Saw-whet Owl Banding
Saturday, October 29 1PM – 10PM
Each fall between late September and late November, large numbers of Saw-whet Owls (the smallest owl in the Northeast) migrate through New England, and a good number of these birds end up in the nets of our Pomfret Center banding team. This trip will provide an opportunity to learn about these adorable owls, the banding process, and the scientific data that banding stations help to provide. An unforgettable trip! Departure is from Essex and will begin with a hike of the trails through the grasslands at our Pomfet Center followed by a picnic dinner. Because the banding is of a nocturnal owl species, this event will entail a late night return to Essex. Leader: Priscilla Wood. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Andy’s Birding Mystery Tour
Thursday, November 17 8AM – 4PM
Do you want to know where Andy’s favorite birding hot spots are? Join him as he travels east of the Connecticut River to his favorite haunts in Southeast Connecticut and Rhode Island. Join a chase if a rarity has been reported. Leader: Andy Griswold. Members $75/Nonmembers $85.
New York Botanical Garden Holiday Show
Saturday, December 3 1PM – 9PM
An Annual Favorite! See NYBG 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 into the holiday season. Leader: Bob Kuchta. Members $95/Nonmembers $105.
Coastal Birding Holiday
Wednesday, December 21 11AM – 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 holidays!
Block Island Day Trip
Saturday, January 7 8AM – 5PM
Enjoy Block Island, Rhode Island, and the birds that inhabit the island at a time of year when the landscape is quiet and the island spirit easygoing. The tourists may have left the island, but the birds remain. Focus on winter specialties and the occasional pelagic bird. The group will travel by ferry from Point Judith and spend the day visiting the birding hot spots and various habitats on the island. Leader: Andy Griswold. Members $100/Nonmembers $110.
Birding the North Fork of Long Island
Wednesday, January 18 8AM – 6PM
The North Fork is not short on places to observe birds. With so much water in Long Island Sound and the Peconic Bay System, the trouble is deciding where to go! From Orient Point west, any road that ends at the water offers opportunities. Beaches have easy access while summer’s guests are gone and winter has arrived. Leader: Andy Griswold. Members $95/Nonmembers $105.
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SEARCH FOR RARITIES
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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