Estuary Explorations 2019
Join RTPEC Conservation Biologist Jim Arrigoni for the third year of Estuary Explorations. Explore local habitats, discover wildlife and use scientific field gear to collect data! Estuary explorations is a monthly program offered April through November and focuses on the lower Connecticut River environment. Each session will conclude with a brown bag lunch and ecological discussion highlighting the plant and animal life encountered. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen, bug spray and binoculars! Suitable for ages 16 and up. For more information on the locations click here.
$15 for students, $30 for members, $40 for non-members
Thursday, June 20, 6 – 9pm at Selden Creek, Lyme
Undulating gradually between mossy wetlands and dry oak and pine ridges, an unusually diverse variety of habitats will be encountered encountered while being serenaded by the flute-like songs of Wood Thrushes.
Saturday, July 20, 9am - noon ~ Whalebone Cove, Hadlyme
Explore the maze of channels in Whalebone Cove by canoe or kayak on a three hour guided tour. This tidal, freshwater marsh is home to foraging ospreys, egrets, herons and marsh wrens.
Friday, August 23, 9am - noon ~ Hamburg Cove, Lyme
The abundant fish and aquatic wildlife will be the highlight of this paddle down Hamburg Cove, but the thickly forested shorelines also hold points of interest such as basking reptiles and perching birds.
Friday, September 13, 9am - noon ~ Chatfield Hollow, Killingworth
Explore the wide and winding boardwalk that runs through an extensive shrub swamp and makes for a unique walk in the park, with opportunities to glimpse a Northern Waterthrush or Swamp Sparrow.
Saturday, October 12, 9 a.m. – Noon ~ Oswegatchie Hills Preserve, East Lyme
Fall foliage will be on display at this coastal forest that spans rocky ridge tops with stunted Pitch Pines and Bear Oaks to deep, rich soils hosting tall specimens of many species of Oaks, Hickories, Maples and Birch.
Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m. – Noon ~ Mt. Pisgah, Durham
Journey up the river to the south easterly-most headwaters of the Connecticut River to the Pitch Pine and Bear Oak-clad summit of Mt. Pisgah. Various species of hawks, vultures and Common Ravens are easy to spot from this high vantage.