Winter Eagle Watch cruises on the lower Connecticut River are being offered through March aboard the motor vessel RiverQuest, based at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, CT. Individual ticket holders will also be granted admission to the entire museum, including its “Eagles of Essex” exhibit.
As the river, lakes, and ponds to the north freeze, bald eagles and other raptors make their way to the lower CT River to feed on fish and waterfowl. The RiverQuest allows easy viewing of the eagles and other wildlife in the trees and along exposed riverbanks.
Past cruises have yielded sighting of up to 41 eagles, 3 types of grebes, fox, 3 types of swans, 3 types of mergansers, many different gulls, loons, golden eagles, coyote, deer, many hawk species, 3 types of seals, and even a bobcat.
Expert naturalists will narrate and point out objects of interest.