The Connecticut Audubon Society is going on a Fall Adventure and wants you to come along. Fall is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy nature, hiking, and explore our great state. Check out some of the CT Aububon Adventures that await you.
Register at: www.ctaudubon.org/ecotravel-day-trips
Or Call: 800-996-8747
Fall Hiking in the Berkshires: Wednesday, October 1 8AM–5PM
Enjoy an autumn day in the foothills of the Berkshires exploring the walking trails in a few states parks in the Amherst/Northampton area. Elwell, Joseph Skinner, and Daughters of the American Revolution State Parks are all nestled in the five-college area with plenty of sights to see and signs of fall to enjoy. Participants will stop at the popular Atkins Farm for a picnic lunch before heading atop Joseph Skinner State Park, where you can look upon an oxbow of the Connecticut River and see, on a clear day, four states at the same time. Leader: Priscilla Wood. Members: $75/Nonmembers $85.
Wine Tasting and Hiking Trail: Thursday, October 9 9AM-5PM
Connecticut is becoming one of the most exciting and fastest growing wine regions in the United States. A tremendous variety of wine styles and stunning scenery are to be enjoyed as we meander through the vineyards and visit the tasting tables of Southeastern Connecticut. Our visits will include Jonathan Edwards Winery, Stonington Vineyards, and Saltwater Farm Vineyard. We will make a stop at Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve in East Lyme for a short hike to take in early autumn colors. Leader: Priscilla Wood Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Central Park Colors: Saturday, October 4 7AM-5PM
Spend a splendid day full of birding and botany in New York’s Central Park as we walk among the maples, oaks, and elms. These are just a few of the trees that create a spectacular backdrop at the park in fall. Head up to the Ramble where migrating birds make their bi-annual stop. Enjoy all of the park’s arches, bridges, statues, and memorials surrounded by the beautiful colors of autumn. Leader: Bob Kuchta. Fee: Members $75/Nonmembers $85.
Birding Harkness Memorial Park: Wednesday, October 22 Noon-8PM
Enjoy panoramic views of Long Island Sound from over 230 seaside acres of sweeping lawns, stately trees, and spectacular gardens of Harkness Memorial Park in Waterford. From here, the group will venture to the Thames River and its tidal estuary. The group will continue the search for migrant warblers and other songbirds of the later migration season, then stop for dinner at a local eatery. Leader: Andy Griswold. Members $75/Nonmembers $85.
Selden Island Exploration: Saturday, October 25 830AM-12:30PM
Join a historian, a botanist, and a birder as EcoTravel takes a cruise along the Connecticut River to Selden Island in Lyme. This island, the largest on the Connecticut River, is rich in history, flora, and fauna. You’ll be able to choose which topic—local botany, geology, or ornithology—you’d like to learn most about. Perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to see one of our resident Bald Eagles en route. Fee: $45 for all travelers.
Saw-Whet Owl Banding: Saturday, October 25 2PM-11PM
Each fall between late September and late November, large numbers of Saw-whet Owls (the smallest owl in the Northeast) migrate through New England, and a good number of these birds end up in the nets of the Massachusetts banding team. This trip will provide an opportunity to learn about (and hold) these adorable owls, the banding process, and the scientific data that banding stations help to provide. An unforgettable trip! The trip departs Essex and will begin with a stop at Blackstone Park for birding, hiking, and a picnic dinner. Because the banding is of a nocturnal owl species, this event will entail a late night return to Connecticut. Leader: Jim Denham. Members $90/Nonmembers $100.
Photo Credit: Mat and Amie on Flickr
See more CT Audubon Eco Travel Adventures at: www.ctaudubon.org/ecotravel-day-trips