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Tours that Soar! Eagle Watching in Connecticut

When you see an American Bald Eagle in person, you immediately understand why this majestic creature is such a symbol of our national pride. And seeing one is easier than you think, because Connecticut is the winter home of eagles who travel south from Maine and Canada when their habitats freeze over. They come here to feed, and can be found nesting along our major rivers and at large reservoirs. And as the eagles mate in January here, you’re more likely to see a pair or a nest alongside the water, where they can easily find fish.

These tour operators and wildlife experts know where the nests are, when the birds are active and the best ways to view them — from the water, from the trail, even from a train! Most eagle watching tours need reservations, so be sure to visit the links below for tour times and directions, or search "eagles" on our Events page for upcoming tours and activities.

From the Water

In Essex, at the Connecticut River Museum on select dates during February and March, guests can experience the extraordinary Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises on the Connecticut River. These tours feature on-board nature experts who help guest spot the majestic birds in their natural habitat, along with other river wildlife.

The Connecticut Audubon Society can also connect you to eagle watch cruises and other birding trips along the Connecticut River. The Audubon Shop in Madison provides eagle watches on the Connecticut River from a variety of locations off-water. Your ticket includes a delicious lunch in Old Saybrook.


From the Land

Experience just how big bald eagle's wings are, how huge their eyes are compared to the size of their heads, and other fun facts when you attend Over The Last Green Valley: A Walk to See Bald Eagles — and get a chance to see eagles soaring, perching or even hunting!

From the Shore

Located along the Connecticut River in Haddam, Eagle Landing State Park offers benches, docks, and walkways along the river that often reward patient visitors with glimpses of bald eagles in flight. Dress warm and bring binoculars for the best chance of spotting one.

Or, bundle up and head out on the trail to look for eagles at The Shepaug Dam Bald Eagle Observation Center in Southbury.  Open limited days through March 8, the observatory is located at Connecticut’s largest hydroelectric dam, (and not far from the Lake Lilinonah Trail.) You will need a reservation to visit the eagle viewing area, and visitors can make reservations to visit between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The dam averaged more than five eagle sightings a day during last year’s observation season!


Extend Your Visit

Got a little more time? Plan a two-day wildlife excursion and meet the seals of Long Island Sound with  this suggested eagle- and seal-spotting getaway!

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