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Eagle/Osprey Boats April 2022


Image Andy Morffew.

Saturday, April 30, 2022
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel will again offer 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 from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam. Appropriate for children eight years old and over. Enjoy the beauty of the Connecticut River in spring!
Fee: $45 for members and nonmembers.

April 30     10 a.m.
April 30     2 p.m.

Call us for reservations at 860-767-0660.
RESERVATIONS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE. 

Self-Drive Day Trips

Our new trips in the COVID era, these Self-Drive offerings are early morning hikes to under-visited locations throughout eastern Connecticut. Hikes range from 3-5 miles, and aim to end before 12 p.m. Locations include properties owned by Connecticut Audubon, local land trusts, The Nature Conservancy, and more. A perfect chance to see what EcoTravel is all about!

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Classic Day Trips

Our tried-and-true experience, if you’ve always wanted to travel with EcoTravel this is the great way to test the waters. These full-day trips visit locations across Southern New England, Eastern New York State, and Long Island, searching for birds and other natural phenomena. There’s no better way to meet the staff and guides!

Classic Day Trips include transportation from a central meeting spot.

To sign up for a Trip, please call the office at (860) 767-0660.

January

Block Island Day Trip
Saturday, January 29     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 and spend the day taking in the island’s birding hot spots, varied habitats, and stupendous ocean vistas. All ferry fees included.
Leader: Andy Griswold.
Fee: $170. Members: $155.

February

Birding the Rhode Island Coast
Wednesday, February 2     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: $100. Members: $85.

Hunt for Snowy Owls
Saturday, February 19     7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Snowy Owls are one of the most sought-after birds in New England during the winter months. During irruption years, it’s not uncommon for multiple birds to be found on coastlines throughout the region. Join us on an adventure to locate some of these tundra masters, observed from a safe and ethical distance. Locations may include Plum Island, Massachusetts, or the south shore of Long Island.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $170. Members: $155.

Milford Point Shorebirds
Saturday, February 12     8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This spot 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! Stop at other winter birding sites. Make sure to be on the lookout for the out-of-the-ordinary!
Leader: Jim Sherwonit.
Fee: $100. Members: $85.

March

Birding the North Fork
Wednesday, March 9     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 with the coming spring. On the ferry ride across, look for alcids, gulls, and more. Take in the north tip of Long Island before tourist beach season begins. 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. All ferry fees included.
Leader: Andy Griswold.
Fee: $170. Members: $155.

April

Ducks of Jamaica Bay
Saturday, April 9     7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

A popular spot for shorebirds in fall, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is great birding year round. In early April, waterfowl migration is underway and late stragglers and new arrivals of multiple species use the pools as a stopover on their way north. Join us as we scour the flocks for the rare and unusual, welcoming migration back with open arms.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $110. Members: $95.

Early Spring Migrants
Thursday, April 21     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: $90. Members: $75.

May

Central Park in Spring
Saturday, May 7     6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Located in the heart of New York City, Central Park is also a well-known birding destination. With little green space around, migrants drop into the park after a night of exhausted flying. Visit the city by train, and then enjoy a mile-long walk to the park down 5th Ave. Search for recently arrived warblers and other species welcoming spring back. Departure will be from New Haven. Train tickets are not included in the cost of the trip.
Leader: Jim Sherwonit.
Fee: $100. Members: $85.

Annual Lyme Loop
Sunday, May 8     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: $90. Members: $75.

Wood-Warblers of Cockaponset State Forest
Sunday, May 21     6 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cockaponset State Forest, named after an Indian chief buried in the Ponset section of Haddam, is the second largest forest in the state forest system, encompassing over 16,000 acres. It offers great habitat for migrating songbirds and provides for a busy morning of warblers, vireos, thrushes, and more.
Leader: Andy Griswold.
Fee: $90. Members: $75.

Fishers Island: Spring Migration
Monday, May 23     6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Spring is an excellent time of year to witness arriving migrants on 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 a variety of songbirds on their journey north towards the boreal breeding grounds.Times may change depending on the spring ferry schedule.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $130. Members: $115.

Beginner Birding at Nehantic State Park
Saturday, May 28     7 a.m. – 12 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 skills needed for identifying birds by both eye and ear! Expect good looks at many warbler species, vireos, and tanagers.
Leader: Matt Bell.
Fee: $90. Members: $75.

June

Breeding Birds of Boston Hollow
Saturday, June 11     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 and Jim Sherwonit.
Fee: $100. Members: $85.

Boat Trips

Eagle and Osprey Cruise
Saturday, April 30, 2022 10 a.m. and 2p.m.

Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel will again offer 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 from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam.
Fee: $45 for members and nonmembers. Eight years of age and over.

Swallow Cruise
Sundays in September        CALL FOR INFORMATION ON SEPTEMBER 2022 DEPARTURES!
Witness one of the most spectacular avian events when thousands of Tree Swallows congregate on the lower Connecticut River at sunset to settle in on a giant communal roost during their fall migration. Birds come from miles away, creating a ballet of synchronized flight before settling down. 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 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 range in departure from 3:30-5:00 p.m. (The later in the month, the earlier the departure time).
Fee: $45 for members and nonmembers. Eight years of age and over.
Reserve now! Trips sell out quickly. Call 860-767-0660.
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Rarity Expeditions

Have you ever wanted to search for a rare bird in a nearby state, but couldn’t find directions or were concerned about going alone? Here’s your chance to join EcoTravel’s Rarity Expeditions! We’ll provide the transportation, driver, pleasant company, experienced leadership, and logistical arrangements. Expeditions range from a full day of chasing to the possibility of a one night stay near the target bird. While there’s no guarantee the bird will be seen, the thrill of the chase and the camaraderie that comes with it make every trip an exciting experience!

Here’s how it works: first, use this form to sign on. Then, when a “bird of significance” is in the area, EcoTravel will contact you through text and email with the chance to join the adventure. You’ll have the option of coming along or waiting for the next big rarity. The fee will be determined by how far we’ll have to drive for each bird, and the number of people participating.

Wondering what a “bird of significance” is? The main targets will be species rare to North American, such as European Vagrants. Other species may include otherwise hard-to-see birds, including rare owls and regional species that are highly localized. For a list of species seen recently that fit the criteria, click here.

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