Connecticut Audbon Society


EcoTravel General Information and Registration


For over 50 years, Connecticut Audubon Society’s EcoTravel has been offering trips for birders, naturalists, and travelers, locally, throughout the United States, and around the world. We offer day trips, overnight travel, and many special programs, including custom tours, family adventures, and rarity chases. The places we visit are among the most environmentally significant and interesting habitats in Connecticut and the world. EcoTravel trips are led by Andy Griswold, Director of EcoTravel, or the Society’s scientists, naturalists, and qualified volunteers. Our tour leaders are experienced, personable, and enthusiastic about sharing these special adventures with you.

EcoTravel COVID-19 Disclaimer
Your participation in Connecticut Audubon Society events is an acceptance of all COVID-19 related risks and expenses, and releases Connecticut Audubon Society, its staff, and partners of all liability regarding such. Click Here for Protocols

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To register or for more information on the EcoTravel programs, please call the EcoTravel staff at 860-767-0660 or email us at:
Andy Griswold, Director of EcoTravel
Matt Bell, Travel Specialist

Overnight Registration Forms and General Terms of Travel
Forms are required only for Overnight Tours. Call us for Day Trip registration. Click Here for the Forms. 

Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel
PO Box 903
Essex, Connecticut  06426

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Custom and Private Tours

We offer you custom tour design assistance, including private tours for you, your family, or a private group. Give us a call if you would like more information on these special services.


Rarity Chases

Have you ever wanted to search for a rarity 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(s), company, and experienced leadership. This is how it works: first, call EcoTravel to sign on. When a bird of significance is in the area, EcoTravel will contact you with the chance to join the adventure. You have the option to come along or wait for the next big rarity. The fee will be determined by how far we have to drive for each bird. In the event that we fill our vans, and you would still like to come along, we can provide you with a reduced rate for driving your own vehicle. Call 800-996-8747 to get your name on the list!

Travel Protection

We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. For your convenience, we offer a Travelex Insurance Services protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. 

For more information on the available plans, get a quote, or to enroll, CLICK HERE or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference Location Number 07-6073.

Why is travel insurance so important?
In today’s changing travel environment, it’s important to protect your travel investment so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss or even a sudden sickness or injury could impact your travel plans. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, NAIC #22276. V94

Family Rates

Family travel can offer some of the most joyful and cherished experiences of our lives. Perhaps you can remember how a journey somewhere helped shape your own life, or helped create memories and understanding and love among family members. I know that holds true for many of us at CAS. But if you’ve ever traveled with your family to some of the world’s wild places, you already know that there is no experience that brings people closer together. There’s a real thrill that accompanies discovering wildlife and meeting people from different cultures in a friendly, easy way. That’s the kind of atmosphere we try to create for families on all of our tours. Please, call for special family rates.

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Lighthouse Cruise October 2023

EcoTravel Payments


Eagle/Osprey Boat May 4, 2024 – 2pm

Eagle/Osprey Boats May 2024

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Saturday, May 4, 2024   
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: The Becky Thatcher is undergoing its 5-year Coast Guard inspection. Date and/or departure times may change depending on circumstances out of our control.

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: $55 for members and nonmembers.

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MAY 4 – 10 a.m.     

MAY 4 – 2 p.m.   


Eagle/Osprey Boat May 4, 2024 – 10am

Favorite Tours

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Amazing Amazon Cruises
Year-round Departures.    
Seven Days!
Our most popular cruise explores some of the most untouched rainforest in all of Amazonia. On an eight-cabin expedition vessel, travelers venture far up some of the least inhabited rivers in the Amazon Basin for a full seven days and explore areas rarely visited, seeking out the mysterious life in the heart of the Amazon. This is the most thorough, detailed, and sophisticated trip offered in the entire Amazon and comes with rave reviews from past participants. Guides are accomplished local naturalists. This is a trip of a lifetime, easy for seniors and families! Fee starts at $3,795 per person. Extensions are available to Iguacu Falls, Machu Picchu, Pantanal, Galapagos, and Ecuadorian Highlands. Call for details.

Galapagos Cruise: Islands of Discovery
Year-round Departures.
Galapagos, a remote archipelago where life goes on much as it has for millions of years, is the world’s greatest living laboratory for study and observation of nature. Here the animals have no fear of humans, and you can be at one with nature as nowhere else on Earth. Over centuries, animal and plant life reached the islands and gradually evolved into new life forms. Opportunities for photography are unparalleled, with sea lions, iguanas, and penguins in arm’s reach. Cabins available from $4,700 per person. Ecuadorian Highland, Machu Picchu, and Quito extensions available. Don’t miss out on this tremendous learning experience in the “Enchanted Islands.” Call for details.




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