2016-01-07 / Nature

Birding Cruise Scheduled

Harlequin ducks forage for mussels in Narragansett Bay. Harlequin ducks forage for mussels in Narragansett Bay. The Rhode Island Audubon Society, in partnership with Save The Bay, is offering a special, two-hour winter birding cruise on the waters of Narragansett Bay aboard a Save The Bay education vessel on Sunday, Jan. 17, beginning at 10 a.m. The vessel will depart from the Bowen’s Wharf Ferry Dock.

According to Lauren Parmelee of the Audubon Society, “This is a great opportunity for local birders to view wintering ducks including harlequins, scoters, long-tailed ducks, goldeneyes and many more. We will explore the island shorelines and coves of Aquidneck, Conanicut, and Prudence islands. There is also a probability of sighting wintering seals during this trip.”

Eric Pfirrmann, Save The Bay’s lead boat captain and education specialist said, “Audubon and Save The Bay educators will travel with us and offer expert guidance and assist in identifications.” Save The Bay will provide binoculars for participants.

Birders and photographers with past experiences on these types of cruises know that unique and rare seabirds, ducks, and other avian species may be sighted in the out-of-the-way coves and inlets of local islands.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Pfirrmann at 401-203-7325 or epfirrmann@savebay.org.

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