August 11, 2020

Connecticut River Museum To Host Live Birds of Prey Show and Photography Workshop

Tami Miglio introduces a Peregrine Falcon at last year’s “Wind Over Wings” Live Raptor Show hosted by the Connecticut River Museum

Essex, CT – If getting up close and personal with live raptors sounds like a fun, then mark your calendar and set your GPS for Essex on Sunday, Feb. 13.  As part of its EagleWatch 2011 programming, the Connecticut River Museum will host a “Wind Over Wings” Live Raptor Show at Essex Town Hall at 3:30 p.m.  The show, presented by Wind Over Wings, a non-profit bird of prey rehabilitation and education center, will introduce birds of prey and tell their individual stories of survival and conservation.  With funding support from the Essex Garden Club and Potapaug Audubon Society, this program is free to the public but seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-seated basis. 
For those looking for an on-water adventure and a chance to see majestic bald eagles in their winter habitat, the Connecticut River Museum, together with Project Oceanology, are offering eagle-viewing boat tours on Fridays at 1:00 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. from February 4 through March 13. Project Oceanology’s vessel Enviro-lab III departs from the Museum’s dock for an up-close view of winter wildlife, Bald Eagles, and other big birds of prey.  Educators from the Museum and Project Oceanology provide narration while passengers can enjoy viewing from the heated cabin or outside deck area.  In addition, there’s an opportunity to assist in collecting water samples and compiling data for water-quality monitoring programs that are part of an ongoing environmental study with the Museum.  Every boat tour ticket includes free admission to the Museum where the story of the Bald Eagle continues to unfold in the Eagles of Essex exhibit.   

For those interested in capturing birds of prey with a camera, the Connecticut River Museum will also present a one-hour “Introduction to Bird Photography” workshop on Saturday, February 12 at 1:30 pm. International nature photographer Stanley Kolber will present the do’s and don’ts of photographing birds in the wild in the Museum’s Boathouse Gallery.  The workshop is free with paid admission to the Museum.

For a full listing of event details, go to or call 860-767-8269.  The Connecticut River Museum is located on the Essex waterfront at 67 Main Street and is open Tuesday – Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm.