Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises on RiverQuest: Essex

Connecticut River Museum 67 Main Street, Essex, CT

Experience the beauty and solitude of the lower Connecticut River during this wonderful time of year! It is so different than it is any other time of the year. There are no other vessels on the water, and with no leaves on the trees, our wildlife viewing is easy and fun. RiverQuest will be departing from the Connecticut River Museum for our winter cruises! Individual ticket holders will not only get to enjoy the river and its wildlife from the water, but also the entire museum and their special Eagles of Essex exhibit.   For more information

$45

VERNAL POOL TRAINING FOR CONSERVATION & INLAND WETLANDS COMMISSIONERS at RTPC Old Lyme

Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center 100 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

Vernal pools are an important wetland habitat found throughout Connecticut. Often overlooked and undervalued, they provide essential breeding habitat for numerous amphibian and invertebrate species. This workshop will introduce vernal pools, what they are, how they function, and what species are dependent upon them for survival. With over 60 years of combined experience with local land use commissions, Denise Savageau and Michael Aurelia will review the role Conservation and Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commissions play in protecting this special resource. The workshop will begin indoors and then a short walk to the field. Boots and appropriate field dress attire required. Registration is free. Please pre-register by March 30. Co-hosted by CT River Coastal Conservation District and CT Audubon Society. Click Here for more information about the presenters. Register here

RTPC CONNECTICUT RIVER LECTURE SERIES: Rex Brasher: Prolific but Overshadowed and Unknown with Janine Caira, Ph.D.

Essex Meadows 30 Bokum Rd, Essex

Artists and naturalists have been painting birds for centuries. We know John James Audubon, Fuertes, Peterson and, of course of our current time, Sibley. But who knows Rex Brasher? Brasher resided in Kent, Connecticut and, unlike Audubon, painted birds from life and was greatly influenced by his friend and mentor, Louis Agassiz Fuertes. His work, created in the period largely between Fuertes and Peterson, was purchased by UCONN decades ago and lacks a proper gallery or access to the collection. Dr. Janine Caira, University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is also Director of the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History where she oversees the 800 Rex Brasher paintings. She will relate more about Brasher’s life and work and will share the Museum’s plans for conserving and exhibiting his original paintings, several of which will be displayed at the lecture. Register here for April 18

OF BIRDS & STARS: EXPLORING THE WONDER OF BIRD MIGRATION IN CONNECTICUT

Andover Public Library 355 Route 6, Andover

This interactive presentation by Meredith Barges, Co-Chair of Lights Out Connecticut, will celebrate the beauty of the night sky as the nocturnal habitat of migratory birds returning to Connecticut after their winter stays in South America. You will learn more about the spectacular secret lives of migratory songbirds, the long-distance journeys they make twice each year to Connecticut -- and why they need dark skies to navigate. We will also explore safe, simple steps you can take at your home, business, and neighborhood to help make the night sky safer for birds by reducing light pollution and protect the intact nocturnal ecosystem. This event is free & open to the public. About the Presenter: Meredith Barges grew up in rural Vermont but has lived in major cities for most of her life. It was while living near the North Woods of Central Park that she became an avid bird watcher and bird advocate. She is passionate about helping people to connect to the complex lives of birds and the role that we can play in making our towns and cities safer for birds. She brings years of nonprofit experience to her role as co-chair of Lights Out Connecticut, a statewide advocacy project of the Menunkatuck Audubon Society. In spring 2023, she helped to lead a successful campaign to pass Public Act No. 23-143, Connecticut's "lights out CT law." She is co-author of "Building Safer Cities For Birds: How Cities Are Leading The Way On Bird-Friendly Building Policy" (published by American Bird Conservancy and Yale Law School) For more information

June Open Trails + Music + Bird Watching at I-Park

I Park 428 Hopyard Road, East Haddam

Get your tickets for Open Trails, they're free. Visitors will be given a trail map and are invited to explore the grounds. Most of our trails are quite gentle and you can spend as little as forty-five minutes or several hours meandering and exploring the flora, fauna and artworks. Early birds can catch the guided bird walk by our friends from Mattabeseck Audubon Society, a local chapter of the National Audubon Society at 9AM, please indicate that you are going on the birdwalk when you register. Bring a picnic. Stay for the music. On the Trail is playing at 1PM. This is a family-friendly free public event. All ages are welcome, however reservations in advance are REQUIRED. Donations for adults are welcome and appreciated. For additional information, write events@i-park.org or call 860-873-2468. For more information