EcoTravel Day Trips
Swallow Boat Cruises 2018
Sunday, September 9, 16, 23, and 30
Departure times have changed slightly for the Swallow Cruises to accommodate the train schedule, sunset, and tides.
Sept. 9 and 16 Cruises: 4:45 pm departure. Guests please arrive at Essex Steam Train by 4:15 pm.
Sept. 23 and 30 Cruises: 3:30 pm departure. Guests please arrive at Essex Steam Train by 3:00 pm.
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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September 9 SOLD OUT!
September 16 SOLD OUT!
September 23 SOLD OUT!
September 30 SOLD OUT!
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Hawk Watch on Fishers Island ONE SPOT LEFT!
Thursday, October 4 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
October is an excellent time of year to witness hawks migrating over this secluded New York island. Fishers Island, lying at the eastern entrance of Long Island Sound, is a connecting link between Rhode Island and Long Island, which affords stopping places for hawks of all kinds on their migration southward. Leader: Andy Griswold. Members $95/Nonmembers $105.
Central Park Colors and Audubon Murals SOLD OUT! CALL FOR THE WAIT LIST/SECOND COACH.
Saturday, October 20 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Spend a fall day full of nature exploration as we walk among the maples, oaks, and elms, just a few of the tree families that create a spectacular backdrop in New York City’s Central Park. Head to the Ramble, where migrating birds make their southward stop among the park’s arches, bridges, statues, and memorials surrounded by the beautiful colors of autumn. Take a driving tour of the fabulous bird murals along Broadway presented by New York Audubon. Leader: Rami Haxhi. Fee: Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Saw-whet Owl Banding
Saturday, October 27 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Each fall large numbers of Saw-whet Owl (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 at our Pomfret Center grasslands and a picnic dinner. Because the banding is of a nocturnal owl species, this event will entail a late night return to Essex. Leader: Rami Haxhi. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Sleepy Hollow, New York
Thursday, November 8 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Get your Halloween on in Sleepy Hollow, 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, this quiet village is where the famous and the infamous, both historic and legendary, have left their mark. 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 and its iconic headless horseman. Leader: TBD. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Litchfield Hills Autumn Tour
Thursday, November 15 8 am-5 pm
Enjoy some of New England’s most charming towns and natural preserves. We’ll cross a covered bridge, nature-walk along the Appalachian Trail and Housatonic River rapids, picnic at Kent Falls, and meander along the Connecticut Wine Trail past pristine farms, lakes, and forests. Leader: Rami Haxhi. $85 Members/$95 Nonmembers.
Andy’s Birding Mystery Tour
Wednesday, November 28 9AM – 4PM
Want to know where Andy’s favorite birding spots are? Join him as he travels east of the Connecticut River to his favorite haunts in Southeast Connecticut and Rhode Island. If a rarity has been reported, we’ll look for it. Leader: Andy Griswold. Members $75/Nonmembers $85.
Coastal Birding Holiday
Wednesday, December 12 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. Members $75/Nonmembers $85. Bring friends to help kick off the holiday season.
Block Island Day Trip
Saturday, January 5 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Enjoy Block Island, Rhode Island, and the birds that inhabit the island 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 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 island’s birding hot spots and various habitats. Leader: Andy Griswold. Members $95/Nonmembers $105.
Harlequins of Newport
Thursday, January 31 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Harlequin Duck, the fashion plate of the winter seas, is a rare sight in Connecticut, but 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. Leader: TBD. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Milford Point Winter Shorebirds
Saturday, February 2 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Milford Point in the winter 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 Bunting or Harbor Seal. Stops at other winter birding sites can be expected. Always be on the lookout for the out-of-the-ordinary. Leader: Jim Sherwonit. Members $75/Nonmembers $85.
Birding Rhode Island Coast
Wednesday, February 13 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. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Glass Flower Exhibition at Harvard
Saturday, March 2 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
One of Harvard’s most famous treasures is the internationally acclaimed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, the “Glass Flowers.” This unique collection of over 4,000 models, representing more than 830 plant species, was created by glass artisans Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, a father and son team of Czech glass artists. We’ll also explore several other exhibits, including the new Birds of the World gallery, the amazing Arthropods: Creatures that Rule, and the inspiring Lily Simonson: Painting the Deep. Leader: Rami Haxhi. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Peabody Museum – Behind the Scenes
Wednesday, March 20 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
11 Million! That is the number of specimens and objects in the collections at the Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, including items in anthropology, zoology, paleontology, entomology, ornithology, botany, and historical scientific instruments. It takes 21 curators to oversee this exceptional collection, which offers crucial keys to the history of Earth and in some cases the only surviving traces of animals, plants, and cultures that have become extinct. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the ornithology collection with an up-close look at bird skins and mounts. Leader: Rami Haxhi. Members $75/Nonmembers $85.
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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!