Connecticut Audbon Society


EcoTravel Day Trips

Eagle/Osprey Boats April 2020

Bald Eagle photo courtesy of Gary Melnysyn

Saturday, April 25, 2020 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. Food and drink available on board. Enjoy the beauty of the Connecticut River in spring!
Fee: $45 for members and nonmembers.

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April 25 10 a.m. Registration

April 25 2 p.m. Registration


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Day Trips

(Day Trips include transportation from a central meeting spot)
Coastal Birding Holiday
Wednesday, December 11     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 Madison to Groton. After this pre-holiday adventure, your group will stop for dinner at one of the fine eateries in the area. Bring a friend to help kick off the holiday season! Meal is not included in price. Members $75/Nonmembers $85.

Block Island Day Trip
Saturday, January 4     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 from Point Judith and spend the day taking in the island’s birding hot spots, varied habitats, and stupendous ocean vistas. Leader: Andy Griswold. Fee: Members $155/Nonmembers $165. All ferry fees included.

Harlequins of Newport
Thursday, January 30     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. Meal is not included in price. Leader: Jim Sherwonit. Fee: Members $85/Nonmembers $95. 

Milford Point Shorebirds
Saturday, February 1     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 Buntings or a Harbor Seal! Stops at other winter birding sites can be expected. Make sure to be on the lookout for the out-of-the-ordinary! Leader: Jim Sherwonit. Fee: Members $75/Nonmembers $85.

Birding the Rhode Island Coast
Wednesday, February 12     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: Members $85/Nonmembers $95.

Leap Year Big Day
Saturday, February 29     8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
With one extra day in the year, why not spend it birding! Explore coastal locations in a bid to see as many species possible. Visit locations such as Milford Point and Hammonasset Beach State Park in search of wintering waterfowl, shorebirds, hardy songbirds, and more. Aim for 50 species, at least! Leader: Andy Griswold Fee: Members $85/Nonmembers $95.

Birding the North Fork
Wednesday, March 11     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 in sign of the coming spring. On the ferry ride across, keep an eye out for alcids, gulls, and more. Take in the north tip of Long Island before tourist season begins and the beaches become crowded. 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. Leader: Andy Griswold. Fee: Members $155/Nonmembers $165. All ferry fees included.

Peabody—Behind the Scenes
Thursday, March 26     9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Eleven Million! That is the number of specimens and items in the collections of 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.. Leader: TBD. Fee: Members $75/Nonmembers $85.

Woodcocks at Dusk
Thursday, April 16     2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
As spring approaches, a magnificent display begins. The American Woodcock is a shorebird that breeds in thickets and nearby clearings. Around sunset the males begin a unique display, launching nearly 200 feet into the air with calls and flight displays. Search for arriving migrants while waiting for sunset and the show to begin! Leader: Andy Griswold. Fee: Members $75/Nonmembers $85. Starting point is in Essex.

Early Spring Migrants
Thursday, April 23     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.

New York’s High Line
Saturday, May 2     8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side. The line was built in the 1930s as part of a massive public-private project that lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets. The gardens of the park are a sight to behold and should be starting to sprout their colors. Leader: Jim Sherwonit. Fee: Members $95/Nonmembers $105.

Fishers Island: Spring Migration
Thursday, May 7     9 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. Leader: Matt Bell. Fee: Members $95/Nonmembers $105. Meeting place is Westbrook or New London. Departure and return times may change depending on the spring ferry schedule.

Annual Lyme Loop
Friday, 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: Members $75/Nonmembers $85.

Wood-Warblers of Cockaponset State Forest
Wednesday, May 13     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
Saturday, May 30     7 a.m. – 1 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 6     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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