Save the Bay kicking off fall & winter nature cruises, seal tours Saturday

The popular tours will leave from Westerly for the fall season, and Newport for the winter

By: Tim Studebaker

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Narragansett Bay is certainly a popular destination in the summer season, but for Save the Bay, the fall and winter seasons mean the return of their nature cruises and seal tours.

Jennifer Kelly with Save the Bay says, “It’s not just a resource to enjoy and utilize during the summer.  There are so many great things to do out in the bay in the fall and the winter as well.

The colder weather offers a great opportunity to spot the playful creatures in our area.

Kelly says, “We go out primarily to view harbor seals, and harbor seals migrate here to Rhode Island starting in the fall.  They stay throughout April and then they migrate back north for the summer months.”

The first tour of the season leaves from Westerly at 3pm Saturday.

Kelly says, “Our Westerly tour is a nature tour where we go down the Pawcatuck River and you get to see the beautiful foliage, look at some birds.  Occasionally, there is a bald eagle sighting.  Then, we get down to Little Narragansett Bay, where we will hopefully view some seals.”

The Westerly tours run through November, followed by winter tours out of Newport.

Kelly says, “On our Newport seal tour, we go out for an hour or two.  We go over to Sighting Rock, over by the Newport Bridge, and we view seals resting on the rock or swimming around out in the bay.”

Proceeds from the tours help to fund the organization’s educational programs and its mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay.

For more information, visit their website:

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