EcoTours and Birding Day Trips

Ecotourism “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.”  NBS Ecotours are led by knowledgeable NBS Education staff.  The cost includes transportation and snacks.  Please dress warmly for the weather. Bring a lunch and binoculars.

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(Photos courtesy of Bob Weaver, from left to right: Yellow Warbler, Cassin’s Kingbird, Baltimore Oriole, American Bittern)

Fall Migration Birding Ecotour (September)

Black Tern

Saturday, September 23rd (6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)


Join the NBS Education Team for an engaging day trip along the southeastern coast of Connecticut in search of unique bird species.  September is a beautiful time of year to see waves of migrating birds as they make their way down the Atlantic flyway.  Experienced and beginner birders alike are welcome on this itinerary designed to hit several hotspots and a variety of habitats in the area based on current sightings reports.  Your NBS birding guides will be looking for raptors, shorebirds and droves of swallows among other species.

Please dress for the weather, and bring a bag lunch and reusable water bottle.  Snacks and water refills are provided.

  • Space is limited—register soon to secure your seat!
  • Binoculars and cameras are encouraged.
  • NBS will have a spotting scope available.
  • Transportation is provided—the van will stop along the way for short walks in various habitats.
  • Please be on time! We plan to depart no later than 6:30 am.

 For general information, please email


Winter Rarities Ecotour (January)

Registration opens in November 2017!
Thank you to everyone who attended the NBS Winter Rarities Ecotour in 2017. The day trip hit several birding hot spots on Cape Cod.  The group had a blast looking for the rare birds notorious for visiting Cape Cod during the winter months.

For general information, please email


Spring Migration Ecotour (May)

Registration opens in March 2018!
Thank you to everyone who attended the NBS Spring Migration Ecotour in 2017. The day trip hit several birding hot spots along the coast of Massachusetts including Plum Island and Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. The group had a warbler-filled day, spotting several rare migrants and racking up a sizable species list in the process.

For general information, please email


Norman Bird Sanctuary