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Eagle & Seal Watching in Connecticut

Connecticut is a fantastic destination for eagle and seal watching this February and March! Be on the lookout for the magnificent Bald Eagle along the Connecticut River or spot a seal in Long Island Sound. From the many fun and interesting eagle and seal watching activities in Connecticut this season, make your plans now for a memorable winter outing!

Celebrate Eagle Watch Season at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex this February and March. You’ll get a prime spot for viewing eagles and other birds on the EagleWatch & Winter Wildlife Boat Tours along the Connecticut River. While watching for visiting birds, take in the River winter splendor as well. And for best results, remember to take your binoculars!

Aptly named, Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam, is a popular destination for eagle viewing in the lower Connecticut River Valley. With 16 acres of land preserve along the Connecticut River, it’s where you can experience the thrill of spotting a Bald Eagle! And, you may also see the rare golden eagle, which sometimes visit during the winter. Don’t forget your field glasses for a closer look!

And if you choose, set out on the water with a Winter Wonderland/Eagle Cruise, offered by Connecticut River Expeditions. Search for migrating and resident Bald Eagles and other wintering wildlife aboard the RiverQuest, where you can listen to a naturalist’s talk on eagle biology and ecology. In addition to the Bald Eagle, wildlife sighted on past cruises include the ruddy duck, red-tailed hawk, mallard, bufflehead and great blue heron. Discover this beautiful and serene way to experience the Connecticut River. Cruises depart from Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam. Reservations are required; must be at least 10 years of age to participate.

View bird species wintering along the Connecticut River during Eagle Viewing Boat Cruises, sponsored by Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel. See if you can spot a Bald Eagle along the lower Connecticut River! A naturalist will be on board to identify birds and talk about the natural history of the area as well as the splendor of the Connecticut River and its winter inhabitants. Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam. Reservations are required.

Observe the majestic Bald Eagle from a variety of locations along the Connecticut River with Winter Eagle Watches on the Connecticut River, offered by The Audubon Shop in Madison. Admission cost includes soup and sandwich luncheon at Oliver’s Tavern in Essex following the field trip. Advanced reservations are required.

Take a two-and-a-half-hour eco-excursion on the Eagle Flyer, Essex Steam Train! On your journey, learn about the Bald Eagle and its migration south to the Connecticut River Valley. The train makes local station stops in Deep River, Chester, Eagle Landing State Park, and Haddam. February 14 – 16; 11 am and 2 pm departures.

Search for seals this winter as you explore Long Island Sound! Climb aboard The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s new research vessel R/V Spirit of the Sound, for its Seal Spotting Cruises. In this new, large, climate-controlled indoor classroom, look for harbor seals and grey seals that inhabit the Sound during the winter. Advanced registration is recommended.

Begin your two-and-a-half-hour Seal Watches adventure with a 20-minute multi-media presentation about seals! Then, board Enviro-Lab and travel to popular Long Island Sound winter seal haunts. Departs from UConn's Avery Point in Groton.

At the Thimble Island Seal Watch Cruise starting March 8, search for wintering seals through the cluster of small islands off the coast of Long Island Sound aboard the Sea Mist. Discover the beauty and inhabitants of the Thimbles! Thimble Island Cruise, Stony Creek, Branford.

Join Ranger Russ at Meigs Point Winter Program – Seal Search in Madison, as he searches for some of Long Island Sound's most amazing animals. Dress warm and bring your binoculars! February 14.

Make it an eagle-viewing getaway! The Griswold Inn in Essex is offering its Winter Adventure Package so you can see eagles by land or by sea! Package includes accommodations, continental breakfast for two, and eagle-watching boat or train tickets for two (see package for details). Also included is free admission to the Connecticut River Museum in Essex.

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