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Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel Day Trips
August 24 - October 20
The CT Audubon Society offers many EcoTravel Day Trips to get you outside and enjoying the great outdoors. Day trip are scheduled through October.
Jamaica Bay: Saturday, August 25, 7 am to 5 pm
Jamaica Bay, located on western Long Island within Brooklyn and Queens, is one of the most important urban wildlife refuges, hosting a variety habitats, including salt marsh, several fresh and brackish pools, and an open expanse of bay and islands making this destination a fabulous location for shorebirds. This trip is scheduled at this time in hopes of capturing the southern migration of shorebirds. Leader: Will Haffey. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i: Saturday, September 1, 8am to 5pm
A trip for plant lovers, bird lovers, and art lovers alike! Join us as we head to the world famous New York Botanical Gardens to discover Georgia O’Keeffe’s little-known depictions of the Hawaiian Islands—and the plants and landscapes that inspired them. This lush exhibition in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explores the remarkable beauty and variety of Hawaiian flora, as well as its complex botanical and cultural history. Leader: Rami Haxhi. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
Swallow Boat Cruises: Sunday, September 9, 16, 23, 30, 4:30 to 8:15pm
Witness the most spectacular avian event when during fall migration thousands of Tree Swallows congregate on the lower Connecticut River at sunset to settle in on a giant communal roost. Birds come from miles away, creating a ballet of synchronized flight before settling down to roost. 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 spectacular, awe-inspiring display. Enjoy picturesque scenery from a 70-foot Mississippi-style river boat’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 at 4:30pm. Fee: $45. Eight years of age and over. Reserve now. Trips sell out. Call 860-767-0660.
Hawk Watch on Fishers Island: Thursday, October 4, 10 am to 6 pm
October is an excellent time of year to witness hawks migrating over this secluded New York island. Fishers Island, lying at the eastern entrance of Long Island Sound, is a connecting link between Rhode Island and Long Island, which affords stopping places for hawks of all kinds on their migration southward. Leader: Andy Griswold. Members $95/Nonmembers $105.
Central Park Colors and Audubon Bird Murals: Saturday, October 20, 8 am to 5 pm
Spend a fall day full of nature exploration as we walk among the maples, oaks, and elms, just a few of the tree families that create a spectacular backdrop in New York City’s Central Park. Head to the Ramble, where migrating birds make their southward stop among the park’s arches, bridges, statues, and memorials surrounded by the beautiful colors of autumn. Take a driving tour of the fabulous bird murals along Broadway presented by New York Audubon. Leader: Rami Haxhi. Fee: Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
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