November 28, 2021

Swallow Cruise on RiverQuest

Join Potapaug Audubon and the Essex Land Trust for a “Swallow Cruise” aboard RiverQuest on Tuesday, September 2o at at  5 p.m.  RiverQuest departs from the Essex Yacht Club, 13 Novelty Lane. Bring your own snacks and beverages. Register by calling Goody at 860-767-9763. Fee: $40 per person.

Watch the amazing annual Tree Swallow migration ritual and learn about the phenomenon when you join the Essex Land Trust and Potapaug Audubon for an evening cruise on board RiverQuest. Each year, as many as half a million tree swallows congregate in the lower Connecticut River Valley as they migrate south. Swallows by the thousands converge at dusk, often creating a spectacular “ballet” in the sky, eventually forming a “funnel” or “rain”. As the sunset progresses, the swirling mass become more organized and reaches greater and greater heights. Each evening the swarm takes on a different form. Some nights a tornado shape is formed, some evenings it seems more like a ball or an amoeba flow. Sometimes they fly in higher in the sky while on other nights very low to the water and very close to the boat. As if upon some subtle signal, the swallows drop in to the fragmities at incredible speed.

Cost is $40 per person, payable at the dock. Reserve your spot by calling Goody LeLash at 860-767-9763 by September 15. Make checks payable to RiverQuest and mail to Goody LeLash at 22 Maple Ave., Essex, CT, 06426. Space is limited so plan ahead! Some refreshments provided, but bring your own favorite beverage, snack and binoculars (there is a limited supply on board). Park at the Essex Yacht Club, 13 Novelty Lane in the back lot. The boat will leave promptly at 5pm, rain or shine; so plan to arrive early. Strong winds cancel.