Connecticut Audbon Society


EcoTravel Day Trips

Eagle/Osprey and Swallow Boat Cruises for 2019


Eagle and Osprey Cruises
Saturday, April 27, 2019     10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel will again offer a number of boat cruises to search for Bald Eagle, Osprey, and other bird species migrating and nesting along the Connecticut River. Bald Eagle can be found along the lower river, a habitat that hosts a transient winter population as well as nesting residents. Naturalists are on board the vessel to share information about the Connecticut River, the birdlife, and natural history. The vessel has a heated cabin, restrooms, and three decks for optimal viewing. Tours are approximately three hours in length and depart at 10am and 2pm. Cruises depart from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam, Connecticut. Appropriate for children eight years old and over. Food and drink available on board. Enjoy the beauty of the Connecticut River in spring! Fee: $45 for members and nonmembers. Reserve online or call us at 860-767-0660.





Swallow Cruises
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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Day Trips

(Day Trips include transportation from a central meeting spot)

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. 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. Leaders: Andy Griswold and Matt Bell. Fee: Members $85/Nonmembers $95.

Milford Point Winter Shorebirds
Saturday, February 2     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 Bunting or Harbor Seal! Stops at other winter birding sites can be expected. Make sure to always be on the lookout for the out-of-the-ordinary! Leader: Jim Sherwonit. Fee: 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: Matt Bell. Fee: Members $85/Nonmembers $95.

Peabody Museum – Behind the Scenes

Wednesday, March 20     9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Eleven Million! That’s 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: Matt Bell. Fee: Members $75/Nonmembers $85.

Intro to Nature Photography
Saturday, April 20     12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Spend a spring afternoon learning the basics of digital photography in Essex with experienced photographers. Learn about different modes and settings, how to frame shots, how light affects an image, and more. From landscapes to portraits to macro and everything in between, now is the chance to further your skills! Perfect for beginners or those who want to sharpen their images. Leaders: Matt Bell and Joe Sina. Fee: Members $85/Nonmembers $95.

Early Spring Migrants
Thursday, April 25     6 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Late April is the beginning of the intense migration period when birds head north to summer haunts. With favorable weather and winds, some species get a head start and we plan to greet them! Visit places known for their great diversity of migrants to see them in nuptial plumage and listen to their spring songs. Trip departs from Essex. Leader: Matt Bell. Fee: Members $75/Nonmembers $85.

Annual Lyme Loop
Thursday, May 9     6 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Travel through Lyme and Nehantic State Forest in search of neotropical migrants. The habitats of the state forest includes wetlands, streams, and ponds—all excellent places for the morning chorus of warblers, vireos, and other songbirds. Focus will be on learning bird songs. Leader: Andy Griswold. Fee: Members $75/Nonmembers $85.

Wood-Warblers of Cockaponset State Forest
Wednesday, May 15     6 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cockaponset State Forest, named after an Indian chief who’s buried in the Ponset section of Haddam, is the second largest forest in the state forest system, encompassing over 16,000 acres. The forest offers great habitat for migrating songbirds and provides for a busy morning of warblers, vireos, thrushes, and more. Leader: Andy Griswold. Fee: Members $75/Nonmembers $85. 

Beginner Birding at Nehantic State Park
Sunday, May 19     7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Nehantic State Forest in Lyme is a fabulous place for beginners to be introduced to spring birding. This forest is a well-used stopover for migrating songbirds who will be showing off their colorful plumage and cheery songs. Learn some of the skills needed for identifying birds by both eye and ear! Leader: Matt Bell Fee: Members $75/Nonmembers $85.

Breeding Birds of Boston Hollow
Saturday, June 1     6 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Boston Hollow is both a geologically and biologically significant location within Connecticut. Located near Ashford, this ancient fault provides habitat for many migrants that typically breed farther north, including up to 17 species of warblers! Come explore the northeastern portion of the state as we search for migrant breeders and learn more about the geologic history of Connecticut. Leader: Matt Bell Fee: Members $85/Nonmembers $95.

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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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