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Swallow Boat Cruises for 2019


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)
  

 
Concord and Walden Pond
Saturday, July 20     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 Great Island WMA
Wednesday, August 14     10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday, August 24     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.

Shorebird Photography 101
Saturday, August 31     6 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Spend a late summer morning learning how to photograph some of the most accessible bird species in the state. Learn how to watch bird behavior and frame a shot, and what to look for when searching for photography locations. Exact locations visited will depend on where the birds are and weather conditions. Expect to get low to the ground in potentially wet conditions. Leaders: Matt Bell and Joe Cala. Fee: Members $85/Nonmembers $95.

Swallow Cruises
Sunday, September 1, 8, 15, and 22
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 depart from Essex at approximately 4:30 p.m.. Fee: $45. Eight years of age and over.
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Jamaica Bay Shorebird Extravaganza
Saturday, September 7     7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Jamaica Bay, located on western Long Island within Brooklyn and Queens, is one of the most important urban wildlife refuges, hosting a variety of habitats, including salt marsh, several fresh and brackish pools, and an open expanse of bay and islands, making this destination a fabulous location for shorebirds. Leader: Matt Bell Fee: 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!

 

 

 

 

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