Birdwatching cruise tickets, win them here!

Oysterboat near Norwalk Islands.

Oysterboat near Norwalk Islands.

The Norwalk Seaport Association will start its popular birdwatching cruises this weekend. Once again, the NSA has generously donated tickets for Bird Calls Radio listeners. We will be giving away two tickets for each cruise.

To be entered to win, simply listen to BirdCallsRadio (either live Sunday at 1 p.m. Re-Air’s Monday 6/11, 9-10 p.m. or archive) and send me the keyword of the day by clicking here, or “contact me” above. The keyword is mentioned early in the show when we talk about the cruise. Entries will be accepted through 11 p.m. on Wednesday. One entry will be selected at random two win a pair of tickets.

Cruises start at 8 a.m. and leave from Norwalk, Conn. Be sure you are able to make the cruise if you enter the contest.

There are cruises Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17. Please specify if one day works better for you.

If you missed the live show this Sunday, or the re-air Monday 6/11, 9-10 p.m., the archive will be posted on on Tuesday morning 6/12/12.  Listen in for the keyword. Thanks and good luck!

Here is more information on the cruise, from the Norwalk Seaport Association.

Calling all bird lovers!

How would you like to have a National Geographic type of wildlife experience right in your own backyard this summer?  It’s as easy as joining the Norwalk Seaport Association (NSA) for one of its amazing, up-close, educational bird tours.

Join Larry Flynn, Master Wildlife Conservationist, on a 2.5-hour cruise of the Norwalk Islands to explore and understand the importance of our many migratory bird species and their behavior.  Including nest sites and nesting colonies of ospreys, egrets, American oystercatchers, herons, terns, gulls, cormorants and many others, participants will witness many of these birds at a safe, yet awe-inspiring distance.

“It’s always exciting,” says Flynn.  “Every day is different, and just when you think you have it all figured out, these birds will do something else that surprises you.  We have seen stand-downs between large gulls or falcons attempting to prey on smaller birds and sometimes larger birds and their chicks.  It’s truly amazing what you can see on these tours.”

Bird watching cruises on the 45-foot C.J. Toth Quest catamaran are scheduled on June 16, 17 and 30; and July 1, 28 and 29 and depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Seaport Dock adjacent to the Stroffolino Bridge at the corner of Washington and Water Streets in South Norwalk.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

About Norwalk Seaport Association

Norwalk Seaport Association was established in 1978 and stewards the Sheffield Island lighthouse, which celebrates 144 years as the jewel in Long Island Sound. During the summer, its C.J Toth ferryboat takes visitors to Sheffield Island for tours of the historic lighthouse, special events and enjoyment of a walking trail through the Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge.

NSA provides environmental education programs that use Sheffield Island and offers diverse special events and community projects, including the annual NSA Oyster Festival, now in its 35th year. This event attracts up to 50,000 people during three days in early September and provides $300,000 in fundraising opportunities for more than 20 other local non-profit organizations. In addition, the Seaport Association helped create Norwalk’s Coastal Area Management Plan; establish the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk; and revitalize historic South Norwalk. For more information, visit

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