Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel News - August 3, 2019

Clubs and Organizations

August 6, 2019

From: Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel

Swallow Cruises!

Sunday, September 1, 8, 15, 22
Approximate 4:30 p.m. 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 riverboat’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: Members/Nonmembers $45

September 1st Departure

September 8th Departure

September 15th Departure

September 22nd Departure

Galapagos Cruise: Islands of Discovery
February 6 - 15, 2020 Ten Days!

The 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 forms. Opportunities for photography are unparalleled, with sea lions, iguanas, and penguins within arm’s reach. Ecuadorian Highland and Quito extensions available. Don’t miss out on this tremendous learning experience in the "Enchanted Islands." Call or email for more details.

Leader: Miley Bull.

Year round departures also available.

Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park
November 1 - 6, 2019 Six Days!

Explore the peaks of Tennessee's breathtakingly beautiful Appalachian Mountains featuring spectacular waterfalls and endless vistas. Follow wooded trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, home to over 200 bird species. Immerse yourself in autumn colors as you hike through high-country meadowlands along the Appalachian Trail. Participants should be fit enough for all-day exploration and hiking over hilly terrain. The Great Smoky Mountains are perhaps the most imposing set of peaks in the East, showcasing large tracts of rugged wilderness and old-growth forest of astounding biodiversity. The "smoky" name stems from the range’s ever-present mists. Leave the planning and driving to us as you enjoy this guided group hiking experience with great accommodations and delicious food.

Leader: Rami Haxhi.
Fee: $2,198. With member discount: $1,798.

Paddling Great Island
Wildlife Management Area

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.

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