Field Trips and Festivals

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International Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, May 13, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
East Rock Park, New Haven (map)

Spring is a busy time in the bird world- with millions of birds making their way to northern breeding sites, after a warm winter in Central and South America. Migration is such an important and impressive event in the animal world, that bird enthusiasts throw a festival in its honor.

On Saturday, May 13, from 8:00 am-2:00 pm at various spots within East Rock Park in New Haven,Menunkatuck Audubon Society, Audubon Connecticut, New Haven Parks & Recreation, and partners in the New Haven Urban Wildlife Refuge will commemorate our birds’ arduous journeys with guided bird walks, live birds programs, and various family-friendly activities.

East Rock Park is the best spot in New Haven for spring birding! For those early risers, join guided bird walks with Park Ranger Dan Barvir at 8:00 am and Audubon Connecticut’s IBA Program Coordinator Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe at 9:00 am. Meet in the parking lot of the Eli Whitney Museum at 915 Whitney Ave., Hamden. (map)

Other festival activities will take place around the ranger station at East Rock Park’s College Woods on Cold Spring St. (map)

Photo: Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy

    • 10:00 am- Bilingual Bird Walk, leave from College Woods
    • 11:00 am-12:00 pm- Live music with Bait & Switch
    • 11:00 am-12:00 pm- Meet and Greet live raptors from Audubon Sharon
    • 1:00 pm-2:00 pm- Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy live ducks show
    • All day- partner tables, plant sale, family-friendly activities, food trucks
      • Make bird window decal 
      • Native Plant Sale
      • Board Buzzer Game
      • Bird-friendly coffee tasting/sale/display
      • Egg jar contest
      • Scavenger Hunt
      • Make your own bird band bracelet
      • Coloring activities
      • Face painting- become your favorite bird!
      • Plants for Birds booth
      • Meet reptiles and amphibians in the ranger station
      • Map that bird- bilingual-international travel- migration activity
      • Bird Beak Adaptations, Bird Habitat, Bird ID eggs, and more!
      • Peabody dinosaur to bird activity

This is a free event.

Whale Watch
August 19
Plymouth, MA

Carl Harvey is investigating a whale watch field trip for August. Leaving from Plymouth, MA, Captain John’s whale watching excursion heads out to Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Bank, a marine sanctuary and one of the primary feeding grounds for Humpback Whales, Finback Whales, Pilot Whales, Minke Whales and the endangered Right Whales.

If you are interested in participating in email Carl at or complete the registration form.