A Congress of Swallows: An Evening Paddle on the Ipswich River

Sponsored by Ipswich River
September 18, 2019 (Wednesday) 5:30pm - 8:00pm


Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield MA


Scott Santino - Teacher-Naturalist, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary; Amy Weidensaul - Ipswich River Sanctuary Director






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At the end of the summer, hundreds of Tree Swallows gather in trees to roost for the evening along the Ipswich River. The best way to appreciate this fantastic natural occurrence is to quietly float in canoes and watch them settle in as darkness falls. In addition to the large number of swallows, many other species can be encountered as they settle in for the night, including ducks, herons, and egrets. As the sun finally sets, the hoots of owls and the splashes of beaver tails can ring down the riverbanks as well. This canoe trip is a fun way to say so long to summer and welcome autumn.

Instructions and Directions:

Meet in front of the Visitor Center. All equipment will be provided. Participants should have some canoeing experience. A list of what to bring is attached to confirmation.

Registration is required.
Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K)
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.

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