Winter's cold brings dozens of Bald Eagles down the Connecticut River from Canada in search of ice - free fishing. In recent years, over 50 eagles have wintered on the lower Connecticut River. Their 6 - 8 foot wing span make the Bald Eagle the largest predator in North America. Join us on one of our Winter Eagle Watches on the Connecticut River! Leader Jerry Connolly of The Audubon Shop help participants spot eagles from a variety of locations on the river, and will discuss the bird's natural history on this land - based trip. We'll also spot ducks, birds of prey and songbirds and whatever else comes into view!
The Bald Eagle's recovery in our state (since there were none occurring in Connecticut in the 1950s, is considered a major environmental victory. The natural year-round habitat of bald eagles is near lakes, marshes, rivers, or seacoasts, where there are tall trees nearby for nesting and roosting and fish for eating. Bald Eagles feed primarily on fish, but they also are opportunistic predators and scavengers that will eat anything that can be caught easily or scavenged, such as waterfowl, small and large mammals, and livestock carrion. In addition, they have a reputation of being thieves, and can be seen robbing other raptors or gulls of their catch.
**Bring your binoculars and camera!
Carpool with Jerry to five unique and excellent viewing spots along the river. (This is not a boat trip).
Participants MUST pre-register, and may call us with a credit card to reserve a spot.
2019 Eagle Watch Dates: Saturdays, Feb 9, 16 and 23.
Your $25 ticket includes a delicious soup-of-the-day and sandwich luncheon at Otter Cove Restaurant in Old Saybrook, CT.
Please pick one of the following for each person in your group, before you give us a ring:
3. Chicken Caesar Salad
4. Veggie Melt Sandwich (with cheese)
Included: coffee or tea, soup of the day and sandwich.
Not included: other beverages and gratuity.
*Participants will either meet at The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Rd in Madison CT at 7:45am
*At the first location on the river in Haddam, Eagle Landing State Park, at 8:30 a.m. (according to where you are driving from)
*Directions to Eagle Landing State Park for those who live farther away from Madison:
Meet Jerry and group here at 8:30 a.m.
- Route 9 to Exit 7
- (Long 2 mile exit ramp)
- Left at stop onto Routes 82 & 154
- Right at first light onto Route 82
- Follow towards Haddam Bridge
- Take the last driveway on the right BEFORE the bridge into Eagle Landing State Park