EcoTravel Day Trips
Swallow Boat Cruises for 2019
Swallow Cruises SOLD OUT!
Sunday, September 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2019 5pm to 830pm
Witness the most spectacular avian event when during fall migration thousands of Tree Swallows congregate on the lower Connecticut River at sunset to settle in on a giant communal roost. Birds come from miles away, creating a ballet of synchronized flight before settling down to roost. Renowned ornithologist and artist Roger Tory Peterson wrote that “the tornadoes of Tree Swallows eclipsed any other avian spectacle I have ever seen.” Join naturalists as we journey first by steam train and then by boat to see the spectacular, awe-inspiring display. Enjoy picturesque scenery from a 70-foot Mississippi-style river boat’s three decks. Food, a full bar, and restrooms are on board. If you take only one trip this fall, make sure it’s this one! Tours are about three and a half hours in length and depart from Essex. Fee: $45. Eight years of age and over.
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Fishers Island: Hawks and More
Friday, October 11 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
October is an excellent time of year to witness hawks migrating over this secluded New York island. Lying at the eastern entrance of Long Island Sound, Fishers Island is a connecting link between Rhode Island and Long Island that offers stopping places for hawks and songbirds of all kinds on their southerly migration. Leader: Matt Bell Fee: Members $95/Nonmembers $105.
New York’s High Line
Saturday, October 26 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side. The line was built in the 1930s as part of a massive public-private project that lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets. The gardens of the park are a sight to behold and should be starting to sprout their colors. Leader: Jim Sherwonit. Fee: Members $95/Nonmembers $105.
Autumn in Litchfield Hills
Thursday, November 14 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Enjoy some of New England’s most charming towns and natural preserves. We’ll cross a covered bridge, enjoy a nature walk along the Appalachian Trail and Housatonic River, picnic at Kent Falls, and meander along the Connecticut Wine Trail past pristine farms, lakes, and forests. Leader: Matt Bell. Fee: Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Coastal Birding Holiday
Wednesday, December 11 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Join Andy Griswold, EcoTravel Director and expert birder, for an annual favorite as your birding group searches for early winter migrants and coastal birds from Madison to Groton. After this pre-holiday adventure, your group will stop for dinner at one of the fine eateries in the area. Bring a friend to help kick off the holiday season! Meal is not included in price. Members $75/Nonmembers $85.
Block Island Day Trip
Saturday, January 4 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Enjoy Block Island, Rhode Island, and the birds that inhabit it at a time of year when you have the place to yourself and the island spirit is easygoing. The tourists may have left, but the seasonal birds remain. Focus on winter specialties and the occasional pelagic bird. Travel by ferry from Point Judith and spend the day taking in the island’s birding hot spots, varied habitats, and stupendous ocean vistas. Leader: Andy Griswold. Fee: Members $155/Nonmembers $165. All ferry fees included.
Harlequins of Newport
Thursday, January 30 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Harlequin Duck, the fashion plate of the winter seas, is a rare sight in Connecticut. However, travelers are nearly guaranteed to see some at Sachuest Point in Rhode Island, where a large percentage of the dwindling North American population spends the winter. Look for Harlequins and other winter ducks at the point, and take a tour of additional spots around Newport. Stop for dinner at a favorite local eatery before heading home. Meal is not included in price. Leader: Jim Sherwonit. Fee: Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Milford Point Shorebirds
Saturday, February 1 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Milford Point supports an amazing diversity of winter ducks. From different parts of the point you’ll see ducks and other waterfowl, have a chance to learn your gulls, and might even spot Snow Buntings or a Harbor Seal! Stops at other winter birding sites can be expected. Make sure to be on the lookout for the out-of-the-ordinary! Leader: Jim Sherwonit. Fee: Members $75/Nonmembers $85.
Birding the Rhode Island Coast
Wednesday, February 12 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Spend the day cruising the Rhode Island coast, visiting Charlestown Breachway and Napatree Point. Take the opportunity to see this summertime destination without the tourists. These two locations are always full of birdlife. Leader: Andy Griswold. Fee: Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Leap Year Big Day
Saturday, February 29 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
With one extra day in the year, why not spend it birding! Explore coastal locations in a bid to see as many species possible. Visit locations such as Milford Point and Hammonasset Beach State Park in search of wintering waterfowl, shorebirds, hardy songbirds, and more. Aim for 50 species, at least! Leader: Andy Griswold Fee: Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Birding the North Fork
Wednesday, March 11 7 a.m. — 6 p.m.
Enjoy a trip to the North Fork of Long Island, New York, to enjoy the spectacle of large numbers of wintering waterfowl as they begin to move north in sign of the coming spring. On the ferry ride across, keep an eye out for alcids, gulls, and more. Take in the north tip of Long Island before tourist season begins and the beaches become crowded. If you’ve always wanted to explore Eastern Long Island, you don’t want to miss this opportunity! There might even be a stop at one of the local vineyards. Leader: Andy Griswold. Fee: Members $155/Nonmembers $165. All ferry fees included.
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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!