Watch Eagles Land in New England (While You Still Can)
It's that time of year again, and we're not talking about NY Fashion Week or Awards Season. For Southern New Englanders, February mean the return of bald eagles who come back to hunt for herring and other fish in their native rivers. The greatest concentration of eagles is on the lower reaches of the Connecticut River, near Essex, Connecticut, thanks to a 1972 anti-pollution law that brought back a variety of fish.
The Connecticut River Museum is now offering 90 minute Eagle Tours aboard Project Oceanology's Envirolab III through March 14th. The mission of Project Oceanology is to nurture interest and enthusiasm for the planet's marine life. The tour includes educational information from one of the museum's naturalists and is appropriate for all ages. Cruises leave the museum dock Fridays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $35 for museum members and $40 for nonmembers. Call (860) 767-8269 to make a reservation.
The Connecticut Audubon Society also offers tours on the river through March 21st only. Boats depart Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam, CT on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.; and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $40, which includes hot beverages and binoculars. They will also have naturalists on board who will assist with identification of the birds. Call Audubon EcoTravel at (860) 767-0660 or (800) 996-8747to make a reservation.
· Project Oceanology [Official Site]
· Get a glimpse of eagles in R.I. with guided tours [The Providence Journal]
· Green Travel [Jaunted]
[Photo: Connecticut River Museum]