HADDAM — Because of pandemic restrictions, RiverQuest did not hold its annual Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises. However, the season begins in April with Osprey/Eagle Cruises, followed by Daytime and Sunset Cruises, and many various special cruises, including the popular Tree Swallow Sunset Cruise that is offered from late August into October.
“We will continue to follow all safety guidelines as we did in 2020, limited passenger capacity, sanitizing, distancing, and all wearing a mask. These procedures will be in place until further notice. We hope that as the season progresses we will be able to ease some of these restrictions, but until then, passenger safety is our highest priority,” members said in a statement.
All cruises can be booked online. If a cruise is unable to run due to any circumstances, a customer’s purchase price will be fully refunded.
Spring Osprey / Eagle Cruises: Cruisers search for two large birds of prey, Osprey and Bald Eagles, and other wildlife that live and nest along the Connecticut River. During a leisurely 2.5 hour trip, guests will pass by several Bald Eagle territories. Eagles will be nesting. Most Osprey have returned from their wintering grounds and they will either be very busy with their “nestorations” or already nesting, according to RiverQuest.
Cruises leave from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in April, as well as April 21. Upcoming events include a river cleanup for Earth Day at Eagle Landing State Park; Mother’s Day Cruises May 9; Spring Foliage Cruises, also in May; a cruise to the Old Saybrook Lighthouses May 15; Memorial Day Weekend Sunset Cruises, May 29-30; and private charters.
For full details and reservations ,go to ctriverquest.com/
CT Audubon Society
CT Audubon Society’s EcoTravel is also offering Bald Eagle and Osprey cruises April 24-25.
Bald Eagles can be found along the lower river, a habitat that hosts a transient winter population as well as nesting residents. Naturalists are on board the vessel to share information about the Connecticut River, the birdlife, and natural history. The vessel has a heated cabin, restrooms, and three decks for optimal viewing. Tours are approximately three hours in length and depart at 10am and 2pm from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam. Appropriate for children age 8 and over. The cost is $45 for members and nonmembers.
For space on the April 24 trips, call 860-767-0660. Reservations are not refundable. https://www.ctaudubon.org/