EcoTravel Day Trips
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Boat Cruise and Castle Visit
Wednesday, October 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Enjoy the beautiful colors of fall while cruising on the Connecticut River. The foliage is a fabulous backdrop this time of year and there is much to see and learn. Participants will hear about the history of the river as well as the animals and birds that make it their home. The group will visit Gillette’s Castle after the cruise and learn about the story of eccentric actor William Gillette while touring his lavish home. Leader: Priscilla Wood. Members: $85/Nonmembers $95.
Explore Deer Pond Farm
Thursday, October 26, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. NEW DATE!
Connecticut Audubon Society has received a generous bequest, from the estate of Kathryn D. Wriston, of 835 acres of rugged hardwood forest, meadows, and wetlands straddling the state border of Connecticut and New York. Called Deer Pond Farm, approximately half the property is in Sherman and half in Pawling, New York. Our group will spend the day at the new center in the western part of the state and explore the birds, nature, and other wildlife this location has to offer. Leader: Priscilla Wood. Fee: $20.
Saw-whet Owl Banding
Saturday, October 28, noon – 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: Priscilla Wood. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Sleepy Hollow, New York
Wednesday, 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: Priscilla Wood. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Andy’s Birding Mystery Tour
Wednesday, November 29, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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. Join a chase if a rarity has been reported. Leader: Andy Griswold. Members $75/Nonmembers $85.
Coastal Birding Holiday
Wednesday, December 13, 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 Westbrook 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 6, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Enjoy Block 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 $90/Nonmembers $100.
Harlequins of Newport
Thursday, January 25 9 a.m. – 7 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: Priscilla Wood. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Milford Point Winter Shorebirds
Saturday, February 3 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 14 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.
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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!