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Natural Awakenings Fairfield Cty/Housatonic Valley, CT

Bird Watching Cruises Extended

Dec 19, 2010 09:43PM

Bird Watching Cruises Extended

Weekday excursions have been added to the Saturday bird watching cruises organized by the Norwalk Seaport Association. Added to the popular cruises on Saturdays, August 7 and 21, will be sailing days on Thursdays, August 5 and 19. Participants board the Seaport Association’s new 45-foot C.J. Toth ferry at 7:30 a.m. and return at 10:30. All levels of bird watchers are welcome and binoculars are available for beginners. The wildlife interpreter for these excursions is Larry Flynn, Master Wildlife Conservationist, Division of Wildlife, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. He says, “Each cruise is a different experience, because the bird watching opportunities depend on the height of the tide, weather and time of year. We may meander around Norwalk Harbor, go up the Norwalk River or cruise out to Sheffield Island and other islands in Long Island Sound. It's very gratifying when participants say what a great time and learning experience they’ve had. And to watch the wonderment in children’s eyes as they gaze at nesting bird colonies mere yards away from the deck of the boat is a pleasure that can’t be matched."

The cruises depart from the Seaport Dock, adjacent to the Stroffolino Bridge at the corner of Washington and Water Streets, South Norwalk. The fee is $22 for non-member adults/teens ($20.00 for NSA members) and $12 for children. Reservations are recommended. Call 203.838.9444.