The tidal region of the Connecticut River is home to sweeping tidal marsh communities, exceptional tributaries, and the largest concentration of overwintering bald eagles in New England. During this two-day trip to Connecticut and Rhode Island, we have planned a two-hour chartered boat excursion to travel upriver to view these magnificent birds, both adult and immature. This scenic, undeveloped section of the river remains ice free, providing exceptional opportunities for photography and up-close observation. It is not uncommon for 30 eagles to be seen on a cruise, along with a variety of mergansers, hawks, and even a passing falcon.
Along the way we will also visit a number of great birding sites in Connecticut and Rhode Island to view a variety of wintering birds; including ducks, gulls, raptors, and pelagic species. We will stay at the Griswold Inn in the seaport village of Essex. The fee includes round-trip van transportation from the sanctuary, the boat trip, accommodations, breakfast and lunch on Sunday.
Trip Leader: Joel Wagner is the Public Programs Coordinator at Wellfleet Bay. He has been at the sancturay since starting as a seasonal naturalist in 2017. He is a graduate of Penn State with a major in Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management with emphasis in Environmental Interpretation. He is an avid and excellent birder.
Advance registration is required and is accepted online or over the phone. Payment in full is due upon registration. Upon registration you will receive a confirmation letter including a tentative trip itinerary and a participant information form which needs to be completed and returned at least one week prior to the start of the trip.
Lodging will be at the Griswold Inn in the seaport village of Essex, CT. We have booked standard rooms with 2 twin beds or 1 queen. Private rooms are not available. Please indicate any roommate preferences on your participant information form.
Program fee includes brown-bag lunch on Sunday. Saturday lunch and Sunday breakfast and dinner are not included.
If the trip must be cancelled due to low enrollment you will be informed at least two weeks prior to the start date of the trip.
Cancellations must be received in writing (via email or regular mail) 30 days before starting date to receive a full refund (less a $50 nonrefundable administration fee per registrant).
Cancellation received less than 30 days before starting date may result in forfeit of entire course fee. If we can fill your spot with another registration then your balance is returned, less the $50 nonrefundable administration fee. The sanctuary reserves the right to cancel any course with a full refund to registrants.