Center at Pomfret
My Camera in the Woods
Nature Photography Exhibit and Sale
Opening reception Sunday, May 1, 2-4pm
Exhibit through May 31.
Killingly resident, Nancy Barrett, spends much of her time hiking nearby woodlands capturing her vision of nature. Photography provides a means to bring the outdoors inside her home. And a way to share her observations with others. Never one to leave home without a camera, she is always looking for that next image.
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This Week’s Birds of Bafflin
Wood Duck, American Kestrel, Louisiana Waterthrush, Field Sparrow, Pine Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Chipping Sparrow, Ring-necked Duck, Great Blue Heron, Eastern Towhee, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Barred Owl
Birds to Expect This Month
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Events at the Center at Pomfret
News and Announcements
Save the date!
Owl Garden Party 2016
Thursday, June 16th at 6pm
Wednesday Noon Walks
Now through May 25, noon
Join Connecticut Audubon Society volunteers for fresh air, exercise, good company and naturalist lessons along the way. Seniors and parents with babes in backpacks welcome. Cost: Free to CAS members; $3 non-members.
Family and Children’s Programming
After School Nature Club
Do your kids need to blow off steam after school? Send them our way! After a quick snack, we’ll head out onto the trails to explore and search. The afternoon will be filled with fresh air, exercise, and fun. Cost: $40/monthly session for CAS members; $50/monthly session for non-members.
May Session: Grades K-6: Thurs, May 5, 12, 19, & 26
Indigo Bunting (male)
Tuesday Morning Bird Walks
Tuesdays, March 22 thru May 31, 8 a.m.
With access to over 1,650 acres of open space, we will seek out a variety of bird species. Wear drab colored clothing and bring binoculars (on some occasions a spotting scope is useful). Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.
Sat., April 16, 8 p.m.
Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he attempts to call in various owl species. This is the first time we try conducting an owl walk in April. We are curious to see how the owls respond, particularly the larger species. Cost: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Virginia Rail Bird Walk
Friday, April 29, 6 p.m.
We will set out with the goal of hearing and observing a Virginia Rail. Other possible species we will be in search of include the Common Snipe and Vesper Sparrow. Cost: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Beginners Bird Walk
Sunday, May 1, 8 a.m.
If you are new to bird watching this is a good weekend to start! Some of the colorful spring birds are back and the leaves aren’t out yet. Expect to see Yellow warblers, Blue-winged warblers, and Black and white warblers. Cost: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Mother’s Day Bird Walk
Sunday, May 8, at 8a.m.
Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he finds various migrants. Bring your mother or grandmother out to see the assorted colorful birds of spring. Many species can be found by this date including bobolinks and scarlet tanagers. Cost: $5 members; $10 non- members; Mothers Free!
Afternoon Bird Walks
Thursday, May 12, 5 p.m.
Monday, May 16, 5 p.m.
This walk is design for the person who can’t get up early or works during the week. This time of year is the peak of the bird migration, so anything is possible. Cost: $5 members/$10 nonmembers.
Pumpkin Hill Bird Walk
Saturday, May 14, 8 a.m.
We will hike some of the trails in this section of Natchaug State Forest to find nesting and migrating songbirds. Many species of warbler can be found around this date. Expect to see Cerulean and Worm-eating warblers. Scarlet Tanagers and Ovenbirds are commonly found here as well. Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members.
20 Warbler Day
Sunday, May 15, 6 a.m. – 2p.m.
We are going to attempt to find 20 species of warblers in one day. This is the peak of warbler migration, we will be travelling to numerous locations in our search. This is our 4th year doing this program. Last year we found 21 species. Call ahead to register. Cost: $15 members; $30 nonmembers.
Bird Watch: Folks with Limited Mobility
Wednesday, May 18, 8 a.m.
We will drive to various locations and observe numerous bird species from the road or your vehicle. Andy hopes many of his long time followers who felt they were unable to attend his regular walks anymore could join him on this new program. He will call the birds to the group! Call to pre-register. Cost: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
90 Bird Day – 10th Annual
Thursday, May 19, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The goal is to hear or see at least 90 species of birds in nine hours or less. We will be visiting many locations within a 10-mile radius. Interesting sightings from past years include: Olive-sided Flycatcher, Bald Eagle, and Hooded Warbler. Bring lunch, drinks, and a snack. Cost: $20 CAS members; $35 non-members. Call to register!
Bird Banding Demonstration
Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m.
A close encounter of the avian kind; watch the bird banding team as they gently catch, record data, and safely release a variety of birds. Participants may release a bird. Cost: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Boston Hollow Bird Watch
Saturday, May 28, 8 a.m.
We will explore the famous Boston Hollow area of Ashford. Much of the land is owned by Yale. It is a unique area due with a Northern forest feel. Expect to find Blackburnian warblers, Winter Wrens, Canada warblers, Northern Waterthrush to name a few. We will bird from the road in most cases. Cost: $ 7 members/ $12 nonmembers.
Center at Pomfret, P.O. Box 11,
218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259 860-928-4948
Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program
Our wildlife tracking volunteers monitor study sites in Willington, Canterbury, and Woodstock quarterly. In Willington and Woodstock, we now have over ten years of data showing regular presence of fisher, river otter, mink, red fox, coyote, as well as, the occasional black bear, moose and porcupine. These sites also provide perfect habitat for white tailed deer, raccoon, beavers, and a variety of rodents. You can begin or continue training to become a Citizen Science Wildlife Monitor by completing six training hikes that suit your schedule throughout the seasons. Training fee per hike: $25 CAS members/$35 non-members. Registration with project coordinator, Paula Coughlin is required. For information call Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator, 860-928-4948; email@example.com
Wildlife Tracking and Monitoring Winter Schedule
Become a Citizen Science Volunteer Wildlife Monitor by attending training and monitoring hikes offered throughout the year. Full training is six hikes; participants select hikes that suit their schedule. Registration is required. Hikes subject to change due to weather. Training fee per hike: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members.
Vernal Pool Surveys
Field work: Fri/Sat mornings, Apr & May
Vernal pool season goes by quickly so don’t miss the fun. Usually dry by summer, snowmelt and spring rains fill these pools in the early spring. The call of the peepers and wood frogs follow. On Friday and Saturday mornings in April and May, our trained volunteers are out counting egg masses and looking for frogs and salamanders at vernal pools in northeast Connecticut. If you think you have a vernal pool near you, please give us a call. Call to register for one of the vernal pool training sessions at 860-928-4948.Cost: $10 CAS members; $15 non-members.
Training and Monitoring Hike
Saturday, June 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Woodstock)
You may have seen the tracks of a red fox or a fisher in the snow or a glimpse of a coyote. Our growing forests provide excellent habitat for local wildlife. Our experienced volunteers monitor sites in Woodstock, Willington, and Canterbury in each season, always on the lookout for track and sign of fisher, river otter, mink, black bear, and bobcat. Begin or continue training to become a Citizen Science wildlife monitor by attending training hikes that suit your schedule throughout the year.
Registration is required. Training fee per hike: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members. For information about all Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program projects and training, contact Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator, 860-928-4948 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Citizen Science Coordinator at email@example.com.
Schedule School Field Trips and In-class Programs
Science In Nature School Programs
Want to add a little excitement to your classroom? Consider one of our in-class science programs. We have one hour programs for kindergarten through sixth grade. Sample titles include: Winter Tracks, Life Cycles, The Dirt on Soils, Adaptations, Birds and Beaks, Food Chains, Skins and Bones, CSI Aquatic, Winter Birds, and Rockin’ Out, to name a few. Also, consider our four hour school field trips The Dirt on Soil, Bird Ecology, Scratching the Surface (Geology), Watersheds and Erosion, Native Americans, EcoNiches and Adaptations, and more! The calendar fills up quickly. For more info and scheduling call 860-928-4948 or email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center at Pomfret, P.O. Box 11, 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259 860-928-4948
Bird Surveys on Private or Public Property
Sanctuary Manager Andy Rzeznikiewicz is available to conduct bird population surveys and can provide habitat management recommendations for your property. Private property owners, Land Trusts, municipalities or other groups that want an inventory of what bird species they have breeding or using their property might be interested in this service. Conservation groups that are evaluating potential land purchases for conservation might find this service helpful as well. The best time of year to conduct nesting bird surveys is May and June. Call for more information: 860-928-4948.
Are you a school, library or other organization serving the community? We’re glad to raise environmental awareness in all contexts! We can bring our wildlife video and bird slide show programs right to you. Call 860-928-4948 for more information on each program.
Private Guided Bird and Nature Walks
Throughout the year, sanctuary manager Andy Rzeznikiewicz can take you on a private bird and nature walk, geared to your expectations and locations. Andy can take you to your next life bird, local hot spots, or places he knows to find birds and wildlife for you. Owl walks and private woodcock watches are very successful in small groups. This is an excellent gift for that outdoor enthusiast who has everything. Call 860-928-4948 for more information.
From the intersection of Routes 101 and 169, take Route 169 north.
Take your first right onto Day Road. Follow for approximately one mile to stop sign.
Turn right continuing on Day Road. Center less than one quarter mile up on your right.
218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259
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