Connecticut Audbon Society
The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center

The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center

Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center Programs & Events

We are currently offering small group in-person programming following all current COVID-19 safety procedures. See below for details. Our building will remain closed.

Looking to schedule one of our interactive webinar programs exclusively for your group?

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Bird Walks

Shorebird Walks – New Walks Added!

Summer birding in Connecticut means heading to our coastal beaches and marshes to search for shorebirds!

Join teacher-naturalist Joe Attwater and explore some of Connecticut’s best coastal habitats. We’ll provide a spotting scope and we encourage participants to bring their own binoculars.  All walks are two hours in length. $10 members; $15 non-members. Space is limited to 15 participants. Program is suitable for ages 14 and up. 

Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Masks are not mandatory but are suggested.

Thursday, June 10; 5-7 p.m. – Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford
Saturday, June 12; 8-10 a.m. – Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme
Monday, June 14; 5-7 p.m. – Watch Rock Preserve, Old Lyme

Saturday, July 10; 9-11 a.m. – Salt Meadow Park, Madison
Saturday, July 17; 9-11 a.m. – Barn Island WMA, Stonington
Wednesday, July 21; 5-7 p.m. – Hammonasset State Park, Madison

The RTPEC frequently uses open space and land trust properties that are open to the public without fee.  The land trusts permit our use of these properties and receives no part of any fee collected by the RTPEC

Webinars via Zoom

Our webinars will return in September 2021!

Virtual Courses

For the Birds Three Week Mini-Courses


Whether you are new to birding or are a seasoned veteran who wants to brush up on your skills, these mini-courses are for you! Each mini-course will center on a different theme allowing participants to dive a little deeper into the identification, migration, and charismatic features of the avian families we see here in Connecticut.

Each 3- week mini-course will include an hour-long interactive live webinar per week which includes a live Q and A as well as access to the webinar recording for the duration of your subscription and resource lists which will include common species identification and a list of recommended field guides, apps, and websites.

Live Webinars take place on Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m.
Course requires the use of Zoom. 

Mini-Course Descriptions and Dates
Session 6 – Sensational Shorebirds: June 15 -29
Session 7 – Swallows and Swifts: September 7-21
Session 8 – Birds of Prey: October 5-19
Session 9 – Spectacular Sparrows: November 2-16

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