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 for the weather, bring a lunch, and binoculars.


Connecticut River Eagles Ecotour

Saturday, March 2nd
(6:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

$70 Members, $80 Non-members

This year, Norman Bird Sanctuary’s Ecotour series returns to the banks of the Connecticut River as we seek out Bald Eagles.  These majestic birds winter in large numbers along rivers, lakes and reservoirs, and are consistently reported along the lower CT River.  Let us do the driving as we keep our eyes out for adult and juvenile Bald Eagles on ice floes, searching for fish and scavenging opportunities. This program is designed for all birding skill levels and includes a small amount of low-impact walking.

Pack a bag lunch to go with provided snacks and drinks. Dress warmly with appropriate footwear, and binoculars are recommended. Space is limited!

Recommended for adults & mature teens of all birding levels.

Rain Date: Saturday, March 9th

Spring Migration Ecotour

Spring Migration Ecotour (May)

Registration opens in February 2019!

May is an exciting time to see droves of migrating warblers, raptors, shorebirds, and other species. Hop into the ‘Bird Van’ and hit the best birding hot spots throughout southern New England. Your birding guides plan the day trip around current sightings reports, so you have the best chance of spotting rare spring migrants.


Fall Migration Birding Ecotour (September)

Registration opens in July 2019!

This 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 birding hot spots and a variety of habitats in the area. Be on the lookout for raptors, shorebirds, and droves of swallows among other species.


Winter Rarities Ecotour (January)

Registration opens in November 2019!

Hop into the NBS van for a day trip that hits several birding hot spots throughout the region. Coastal New England is known for large number of rare birds visiting in the winter months. The itinerary is planned to coincide with current sightings reports, so participants have the best chance of spotting rare winter migrants.