Jul – Osprey Cruise – check the nests & chicks!

Join us aboard RiverQuest as we quietly cruise the lower Connecticut River to learn about and observe a fascinating bird of prey, the Osprey. In mid-July, most of the young Osprey are getting big, so we will see some of them hanging around on the edge of their nest getting ready to take their first flight, cute! Some younger birds will be seen being fed, it takes a lot of fish to feed these families. Some young may have already left the nest, they will be seen in the air honing their flying skills. We will educate all about the amazing journey the Osprey takes to their southern winter home and lots of other interesting Osprey facts. Although the Osprey is our main focus, other wildlife (possible Bald Eagles, hawks, ducks, etc) and sights (Historic Essex Harbor, the Baldwin bridge if we go south/Hamburg Cove, Joshua Rock if we go North and so mush more) we observe on our journey will also be pointed out and discussed. You may bring food/beverage with you. This cruise is 2 hours long. Due to the length of the cruise, no one under 10 please.

Adults: $40

Museum Members: $36

(No Children under 10)


  • July 6, 10:00am
  • please check our  calendar
    • It is best to book online to secure your spot. Reservations are strongly suggested.
    • Please, always confirm the cruise is going by checking the ctriverquest.com home page for any changes! or call 860-767-8269
    • If you are coming with friends or family that booked this cruise on a separate reservation, please let us know via email the reserved names, so you can all sit together at one table.
    • RiverQuest leaves the dock on time! Please check in at the dock at least fifteen minutes before departure.
    • NO ON-LINE BOOKING FOR OVER TEN PERSONS.  Please email us if you have more than 10.
    • The Captain reserves the right to change the cruise itinerary or cancel a cruise anytime he feels that there may be a weather, viewing or safety issue. We want to remind everyone that this is a nature cruise and the weather can change drastically in minutes; rain, wind, fog, ice and heavy snow may develop quickly. There are times when a cruise may need to be canceled very last minute. We will of course try to give as much notice as possible. Thank your for your understanding.


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