The Birdcraft Museum is closed while it is under renovation.
The sanctuary of course will remain open from dawn to dusk.
It’s time to think Christmas Trees and
Wreaths, Roping and Tree Stands.
The Smith Richardson Tree Farm will be open from Saturday November 26 – Friday December, 23. The hours of the Tree Farm are Tuesday-Friday from noon – 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Tree Farm is located at 17 Sasco Creek Road in Westport. For more information call: 203-623-0646.
Founded in 1914, Birdcraft is the first private bird sanctuary in the United States. This six-acre site was originally planted as a refuge to attract, harbor, and feed migratory and resident birds. To date, more than 120 bird species have been recorded on its grounds. Birdcraft’s focus today is offering premier natural history education programs and events for children and adults. It is also a federally-licensed Bird-Banding Station.
The Grounds at Birdcraft
The grounds at Birdcraft include the Birdcraft Sanctuary and the Museum and Caretakers Cottage. The Sanctuary consists of a pond and gardens that have been planted to attract birds and butterflies. A teaching bridge and pavilion have been built over the pond to allow visitors to view the full natural beauty of the sanctuary.
The Museum and Cottage were the original headquarters of the Connecticut Audubon Society. The Museum is currently closed for renovation, but the sanctuary and grounds are open. In 2001, the Cottage was redesigned as a Visitor’s Center with a classroom, library and gift shop.
Bird Banding at Birdcraft
Since 1979, Connecticut Audubon Society volunteers, licensed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, have operated a Bird-Banding Station at Birdcraft. More than 18,000 birds have been mist-netted, documented, banded, and released unharmed. The Station operates weekdays in the spring and the fall. Demonstrations are available, by arrangement. Call 203-259-6305 ext. 101 for more information. Click here for more information about Bird Banding. Spring banding is underway for 2016. Click here to view the list of birds banded this spring thus far. Notables seen in the sanctuary: Yellow-rumped Warblers and Black-crowned Night Heron.