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Swallow Paddle with Connecticut River Museum & Connecticut River Watershed Council
Start Date: 09/10/15
End Date: 09/10/15
Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Pilgrim Landing Boat Launch

 This sunset paddle on the CT River will give us a unique opportunity to see one of Natures’ most amazing avian spectacles, the swirling masses of up to 400,000 Tree Swallow performing their nightly aerial ballet. Each year in late summer Tree Swallows from all over southern New England begin to amass on the CT River to feed on insects and prepare for their eventual southern migration. Every night through September they collect above the marshes at the mouth of the CT River and swirl overhead in a massive flock that undulates in choreographed waves and vortices until just after sunset when the whole flock descends like a collapsing tornado into the tall grass marshes to roost for the night. Many people are so awestruck by this phenomenon that they spontaneously burst into applause. Roger Tory Peterson called it the “most amazing avian spectacle” he’d ever witnessed.

 
We will meet at the boat launch between 5 and 5:30 to unload canoes and kayaks. After vessels are unloaded we will car pool to the commuter lot one quarter of a mile away because there are only 6 parking spaces at the boat launch. This slight inconvenience is

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