Sanctuary Walks and Programs
Wednesday Noon Walks
Now through May 27, 12 p.m.
Hike our sanctuary trails. Enjoy fresh air, exercise, good company and naturalist lessons along the way. Seniors and parents with babes in backpacks welcome. Fee: Free to CAS members; $3 non-members.
Thursday Morning Walks
Now through April 30, 8:30 a.m.
Are you a morning person interested in getting out on the trails in the quiet beauty of the early day? Consider coming out for guided walks on the sanctuary with our longtime volunteers who will explore and search for animal tracks and sign along the way.
March Sunday Lecture Series
Each Sunday lecture will be preceded by a guided walk at 1 p.m. and the lecture will be followed by a discussion and homemade refreshments.
The Inner Lives of Snowy Owls
Sunday, March 1, 2 p.m.
“Last winter more Snowy Owls invaded the northeastern U.S. than in any winter in more than 100 years. Inspired by this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Project SNOWstorm fitted 23 Snowy Owls with GPS transmitters to track their movements every 30 minutes 24 hours a day. This data provided unprecedented insight into the lives of Snowy Owls during their winter visits to the U.S. This talk will present some of the surprising discoveries made from this data.
“Don Crockett is the developer of the interactive Google Maps app that is used on the Project SNOWstorm website to explore the Snowy Owl GPS data. Don is from Connecticut and has been developing birding websites for 20 years. Project SNOWstorm website: projectsnowstorm.org.” Free to CAS members; $5 in advance/$10 at door non-members.
Why Are Large Mammal Populations Increasing
and Small Mammals Headed to the Endangered List?
Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m.
UConn Asst. Prof. Tracy Rittenhouse will review the factors that influence the changes in animal populations over time and space. Tracy’s research tests theories of habitat selection, migration and dispersal, and biodiversity and ecosystem function. Her motivation is to understand the factors that contribute to the long-term persistence of wildlife populations given the anticipated levels of global change, including land-use change, climate change, spread of invasive species, or wildlife disease. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.
Mabel Osgood Wright: Friendship of Nature, Birdcraft and the CT Audubon Society
Sunday March 15, 2 p.m.
Follow the founder of the CT Audubon Society’s evolution from prospective medical student to passionate birder, author, educator and nature photographer. Trace her influence on local and national bird protection and her legacy that enriches us today. Lecturer Kathy Bradley is a retired child and family educator and advocate. She has maintained an active interest in the outdoors and birding since childhood, and is a Master Naturalist and Center volunteer. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.
“Gaia’s Garden” or How I Became an Ecological Artist
Sunday, March 22, 2 p.m.
Ana Flores is a sculptor, ecological designer, teacher and activist. Her sculptural work focusing on cultural and ecological narratives is
shown internationally. For two decades she has been promoting interdisciplinary dialogue and collaborations between the arts and sciences. For more on her work see www.earthinform.com and www.poetryofthewild.com.
Cost: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
The Influence of Women: The Environmental Protection Agency and Its Administrators
Sunday March 29, 2 p.m.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, headed by the Office of the Administrator, was created in 1970. Since that time, there have been five women Administrators, nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by a vote of the Senate. Lisa Jackson, the fourth Administrator (2009-2013) was the first African American to be appointed to the position. The current Administrator is Massachusetts native Gina McCarthy. The Administrator is responsible for enforcing the nation’s Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, as well as numerous other environmental statutes. We will look at some of the women who have served as Administrators and at the acts and statutes that they enforce.
Jane Knox is Lecturer Emerita in the Department of Chemistry at UConn where she taught for 32 years. She developed a course for non-science majors, entitled Chemistry for an Informed Electorate, which dealt with many environmental issues. She is a Master Naturalist and a Center volunteer. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.
Monthly Bird Walks
Thurs., Feb. 26, 1 p.m.
Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz in search for wintering bird species. We will look for horned larks, ducks, hawks, sparrows, yellow-bellied sapsuckers and more. Cost: $5 members/ $10 non-members
Winter Owl Walks
Sat., Feb. 21, 7 p.m.
Join sanctuary manager, Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he takes you in search of wintering owls. We will attempt to find screech, barred, and great-horned owls. Saw-whet and long-eared owls have been spotted in previous years as well. Most of the calling will be from the road. Program will cancel in the event of bad weather (rain, snow, high winds). Cost: $5 members/$10 non-members.
Thursday, March 12, 6:45 p.m.
Saturday, March 14, 6:45 p.m.
Thursday, March 19, 6:45 p.m.
Saturday, March 21, 6:45 p.m.
Thursday, March 26, 6:45 p.m.
Thursday, April 2, 7:00 p.m.
A sure harbinger of spring, this fascinating little bird puts on a riveting mating display at dusk. As long as the weather and temperature cooperate, we should hear & see them in action. Cost: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Tuesday Morning Bird Walks
Tuesdays, March 24 thru May 26, 8 a.m.
With access to over 1,650 acres of land, we will seek out a variety of bird species. Wear drab colored clothing and bring binoculars (on some occasions a spotting scope is useful). Cost: free CAS members; $5 non-members.
Weekend Bird Walk
Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m.
Depending on if it is an early spring or not, we could find some of the early arriving birds such as, Yellow Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Eastern Towhee, and Louisiana Waterthrush. Cost: Members Free/ Non-members $5.
Beginners Bird Walk
Sunday, May 3, 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, Black and white warblers. $5 CAS members/$10 non-members.
Bird Watch: Folks with Limited Mobility
Thursday, May 7, 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 members; $10 non-members.
Afternoon Bird Walks
Thursday, May 7, 5 p.m
Thursday, May 21, 5 p.m.
Designed for those that are not early risers or work during the day, this walk is for you. May is typically the peak month for spring bird migration, so anything is possible. Cost: $5 members/$10 nonmembers.
Sugar Brook Wildlife Mgmt. Area Bird Walk
Saturday, May 9, 8 a.m.
Andy will lead the search through meadows, shrub lands, and mature forests along the Quinebaug River. Many migrants including Orchard Orioles, Indigo Bunting, Pine Warblers, and Scarlet Tanagers are expected. Carpool from the Center or meet at the Sugar Brook parking area. Cost: $7 members; $12 non-members.
Mother’s Day Bird Walk
Sunday, May 10, 8 a.m.
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!
Fifth Annual 20 Warbler Day
Friday, May 15, 6 a.m. – 2p.m.
The peak of warbler migration, we will travel to numerous locations in our search. Twenty one species were spotted last year. Call to register. Cost: $15 members; $30 non-members.
Airline Trail Bird Walk
Saturday, May 16, 8 a.m.
We will explore the section of the CT DEEP linear trail from the Pomfret Town Hall south. This is a stretch of forest interior, with several wetland meadows and beaver ponds. Mostly composed of mature oak forest with areas of dense mountain laurel. Not yet surveyed, but Worm-eating warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Canada Warbler, and Black-throated Blue Warbler are possible nesters. Meet at the center. Cost: $7 members; $12 non-members.
Woodstock Bird Walk
Sunday, May 17, 8 a.m.
We will explore a Wyndham Land Trust preserve in Woodstock. Last year we found Tennessee warbler, Bobolinks, Northern Parula warblers. Cost: $7members; $12 non-members.
90 Bird Day (9th Annual)
Wednesday, May 20, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Goal: to hear or see at least 90 species of birds by days end. Visits to many locations within a 10-mile radius. Interesting sightings from past years include: Olive-sided Flycatcher, Bald Eagle, and Hooded Warbler. Bring lunch and drinks, Cost: $20 CAS members; $35 non-members. Must call to register.
Bird Banding Demonstration
Saturday, May 23, 9 a.m.
Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz and fellow bird banders to see various songbirds up close, observe, data collection and safely release of the birds. Cost: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Boston Hollow Bird Watch
Saturday, May 30, 8 am
We will explore the famous Boston Hollow area of Ashford. Much of the land is owned by Yale. It is a unique area with a Northern forest feel. Expect to find Blackburnian warblers, Winter Wrens, Canada warblers, Northern waterthrush and more. In most cases we will bird from the road. Cost: $ 7 members; $12 non-members.
Toddler Trails & Tales
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Now through May
Center volunteer and dad of two, Nick Beams, will entertain your toddlers with stories, activities and fun along our trails. Wear clothes and boots appropriate for cold weather. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Free to members/$5 non-members.
After School Nature Club
February Session – Grades K-6
Thursdays, Feb., 5, 12, 19, & 26
April Session – Grades K-6
Thursdays, Apr., 2, 9, 23, 30
May Session – Grades K-6
Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28
Do your kids need to blow off steam after school? Send them to the Center. After a quick snack, we will head out on the trails exploring the woods, meadows and streams. Their afternoon will be filled with fresh air, exercise and fun. Wildlife lessons will be quietly inserted along the way. Cost per session: $40 members/$50 non-members.
SCHEDULE SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS AND IN-CLASS PROGRAMS
Want to add a little excitement to your classroom this winter? Consider one of our in-class science programs. We have one hour programs for kindergarten through sixth grade. Sample titles include: Old Man Winter, The Dirt on Soils, Adaptations, Birds and Beaks, Food Chains, Skins and Bones, CSI Aquatic, Rockin’ Out and a lot more. Also, it is not too early to schedule your spring field trip. The calendar is filling up. For more info and scheduling call 860-928-4948 or email Sarah at email@example.com.
Growing Vegetables 101: Two- Part Series
Saturday, April 18, 1 pm
Saturday, May 23, 1 pm
Andy Rzeznikiewicz will discuss and demonstrate how and when to plant a variety of vegetables. There will be tips on garden layout, pest control, how to keep a low maintenance garden, when to harvest, how to extend the harvest, when to replant, and recommend varieties of seed or plant sources. In April, we’ll discuss and demonstrate early plantings and garden prep. The program is expected to last about an hour each session, but could go longer it needed. Please call to register. Cost per session: members $10; non-members $ 20
Volunteer Monitoring Program
Become a Citizen Science Volunteer! For more info, call Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator, 860-928-4948 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wildlife Tracking and Monitoring
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.
Additional monitoring hikes TBA
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, beaver, and a variety of rodents. Great thanks to Chris and Kathy Demers who led the Willington team for several years and to Cheryl Dziura-Duke who is the new team leader. Tracey Ferguson leads the team at our newest study site where exciting sign of bobcat, fisher, beaver, fox, and mink have been reported in Canterbury.
Registration with Citizen Science Coordinator, Paula Coughlin, is required. For info contact Paula at 860-928-4948 or email@example.com.
Training fee per hike: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members.
Winter Tracking Hikes
Sat., Feb. 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Woodstock monitoring/training hike
All hikes subject to change due to weather. Full training is six hikes; participants select hikes that suit their schedule. Registration is required. Training fee per hike: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members.
Vernal Pool Surveys Training Workshops
Fri., April 3, 9-noon
Sat., April 4, 9-noon
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. Fee: $ 10 CAS members, $15 non-members
Monthly Art Exhibits and Programs
Playful Celebration of a Bountiful Terrain
Photography by Virge Lorents
Exhibit and Sale extended through March 15
Virge Lorents began as a studio product and industrial photographer in the late 1970s. In those pre-Photoshop days, getting the details right before clicking the shutter, was all-important. When first exploring the possibilities of creating artful photographs, her focus on details found expression in her kaleidoscopic Nature Mandalas, using color, texture and pattern to “assemble” an intricate, hopefully contemplative, image. Virge’s “Garden, Fruit, Veggie” series has its roots in her move to northeast Connecticut as a back-to-the-land hippie. Establishing a garden was the first order of business and continues to be a source of both culinary and artistic inspiration. Recently, she let go of the drive for control and perfection. Her “Motion” series celebrates spontaneity. The camera jiggled. The zoom lens careened through a scene. The shutter randomly clicked as the pine branches danced in the wind. Rather than making images, she let them happen. A portion of all sales to benefit the Center.
The Beauty of Nature’s Bounty
New England Society of Botanical Artists
Opening Reception, Sun., May 17, 2 – 4 p.m.
Exhibit May 17 through June
Bask in the beauty of the bountiful natural history of New England. Mountains, woodlands, bogs and beaches provide endless subjects to portray in paintings. From plants and birds to animals and insects. Come join us to view the natural history works of the members of the New England Society of Botanical Artists and celebrate ‘The Beauty of Nature’s Bounty’. Free to the public.
For additional programming in our area consider Trail Wood, our Edwin Way Teale Sanctuary in Hampton.
Have you always wanted to learn more about the natural sciences? Want to volunteer at the Center? With 40 hours (ten, four hour sessions) of training, this may be the program for you. Registration limited to 15.
Summer Camp 2015
Join us for eight weeks of fun!
Register online at the top of the page.
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