EcoTravel Day Trips
Swallow Boat Cruises for 2020
Sunday, September 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2020 Evening departure times vary
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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Family Membership Only $55!
(Day Trips include transportation from a central meeting spot)
Multiple Days, 7 a.m. – 12/1 p.m.
Hunt for the Golden-winged Warbler
Wednesday, June 10 5:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. POSTPONED TO 2021
Although just across the border in New York, Sterling Forest is home to a wealth of species that are uncommon in Connecticut. Hooded, Cerulean, and Golden-winged warblers are all fairly common breeding species at the site and should all be seen in decent numbers. The expansive forest has a wealth of different habitats, making it a paradise for birders.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: Members $95/Nonmembers $105.
Paddling Selden Neck State Park
Sunday, June 21 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join Connecticut Audubon Society staff and Scott McRae of Soulful Sojourns as they lead a paddle around Selden Neck State Park in Lyme. Accessible only by boat, the island is the largest island in Connecticut. Explore the waters around the island in search of wildlife, and if time allows hike some of the trails in search of the abandoned quarry that once provided paving blocks for the streets of New York City. Participants can bring their own kayak or canoe and PFD, or rent one for an additional cost. Must be a swimmer to attend this event.
Fee: Bring your own: $75 / with rental: $95.
Concord and Walden Pond
Saturday, July 18 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Enjoy exploring Concord, Massachusetts, the village in which Henry David Thoreau grew up. Learn about Thoreau’s extraordinary insights into life, nature, and social responsibility. He believed in living deliberately, practicing simplicity, and exploring new ideas for positive change. Thoreau’s writings inspired respect for nature and even, some consider, the birth of the conservation movement. After a guided tour of the Thoreau Farm (his birthplace), the group will have a picnic lunch at Walden Pond and enjoy a trail walk of the surrounding Walden Woods.
Leader: Jim Sherwonit.
Fee: Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Paddling Lord Cove
Thursday, July 30 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Join Connecticut Audubon Society staff and Scott McRae of Soulful Sojourns as they lead a paddle around The Nature Conservancy’s Lord Cove Preserve. This sanctuary is accessible only by boat and from time to time hosts species uncommon in Connecticut, including King Rail and Least Bittern. Participants can bring their own kayak or canoe and PFD, or rent one for an additional cost. Swimmers only for this event.
Fee: Bring your own: $75. With rental: $95.
Historic Hudson Valley
Saturday, August 8 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Enjoy exploring the Hudson Valley in search of recently fledged birds and more. Visit locations including Constitution Marsh Audubon Sanctuary, Shawangunk National Wildife Refuge, and other hidden gems of the Hudson Highlands. We’ll search for uncommon species such as Least Bittern, Cerulean Warbler, and Bobolink. If we’re lucky, we may even find a Golden-winged Warbler. Enjoy the final days of summer surrounded with beautiful scenery and great camaraderie!
Leader: Jim Sherwonit.
Fee: Members $95/Nonmembers $105.
Paddling Great Island Wildlife Management Area
Saturday, August 22 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Join Connecticut Audubon Society staff and Scott McRae of Soulful Sojourns as they lead a paddle around Great Island Wildlife Management Area in Old Lyme to view Osprey and other birds of the marsh. Great Island provides paddling in secluded back channels, side rivers, and coves that parallel the lower Connecticut River near its mouth. Wind through 10-foot-tall marsh reeds enjoying late summer serenity. Participants can bring their own kayak or canoe and PFD, or rent one for an additional cost. Must be a swimmer to attend this event.
Fee: Bring your own: $75/with rental: $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!