Center at Pomfret

Summer Camp at the Center at Pomfret

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Center at Pomfret

Center at Pomfret Brochure
Mail-in Registration

Required Forms
Camp Medical Form

Authorization for the Administration of Medicine (if necessary)

Pomfret Camp Hospital Consent Form

Other Forms and Information
Pomfret Welcome Letter and Fact Sheet

Skulls, Skins, and Scat!

Exhibit:  Saturday, Jan. 16, 2 – 4 p.m.
and Sunday, Jan. 17, 2 – 4 p.m.

Bobcats, coyotes, and bears! Oh, My! You won’t want to miss this wildlife collection of preserved mounts and pelts, skulls, and sign of wildlife found in northeast Connecticut. Learn about their tracks and sign, and our Citizen Science Wildlife Tracking and Monitoring Program.

Bring your friends and family. A great scout program. Sat. & Sun. Exhibit Fee:  $5 CAS members; $10 non-members (includes fisher program fee).

 

The Edwin Way Teale Artists-in-Residence at Program at Trail Wood

The Connecticut Audubon Society is now accepting applications for the 2016 Edwin Way Teale Artists-in-Residence at Trail Wood program.

General Information

 

Download more information about our center and its green features.  

This Week’s Birds of Bafflin

Merlin, American Tree Sparrow, Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Canada Geese, Mockingbird, Bluebird, Junco, Great-horned Owl, Bald Eagle

 

Birds to Expect This Month

Download a List of Birds You Can Find at Bafflin Sanctuary in January

For additional programming in our area consider Trail Wood,
our Edwin Way Teale Sanctuary in Hampton.

Events at the Center at Pomfret

News and Announcements

Skulls, Skins, and Scat!

Exhibit:  Saturday, Jan. 16, 2 – 4 p.m.
and Sunday, Jan. 17, 2 – 4 p.m.

Bobcats, coyotes, and bears! Oh, My! You won’t want to miss this wildlife collection of preserved mounts and pelts, skulls, and sign of wildlife found in northeast Connecticut. Learn about their tracks and sign, and our Citizen Science Wildlife Tracking and Monitoring Program.

Bring your friends and family. A great scout program. Sat. & Sun. Exhibit Fee:  $5 CAS members; $10 non-members (includes fisher program fee).

 

Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Program

Late March through the End of May

Have you always wanted to learn more about the natural sciences? Want volunteer at the Center? With 40 hours (ten, four our sessions) of training, this may be the program for you. Registration limited to 15. This is a great gift for retirees! 

Download the Master Naturalist Outline

Download the Application

Sunday Afternoon Programs

Avian Taxidermy
Sunday, Jan. 24, 2-4 p.m.

Brian Yacino started taxidermy in 1972 as a hobby and became a business in 1985. Self taught, he quickly rose to the top of his field, specializing in birds. Having raised and studied numerous game birds and waterfowl, he became a much sought after judge and seminar speaker at carving and taxidermy competitions. He will be mounting a pheasant. Cost: $5 member; $10 non-members

The Taxidermy of Mammals
Sunday, Jan. 31, 2-4 p.m.

Laurie Yacino started October Mtn. Wildlife in 1991 after attending a small taxidermy school in Iowa.  With an additional B.S. in Zoology and minor in art, she specializes in North American mammals and fish, with attention to lifelike detail. She will demonstrate the essentials of mounting a small mammal. Cost: $5 CAS member; $10 non-members.

The Plight of the Grassland Bird
Sunday, March 6, 2-4 p.m.

From the fields of New England and Canada to the vast plains of Montana to the deserts of Mexico, grassland birds are losing their habitats at an alarming rate. First aired on New Hampshire Public Television, host Will Lange explores efforts to protect these birds and their habitats. Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members.

Regular Walks

Wednesday Noon Walks
Now through Feb. 24, 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.

Thursday Morning Walks
Now through Feb. 25, 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. Cost: Free CAS members; $3 non-members

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; pcoughlin@ctaudubon.org

 

Wildlife Sightings and Stories
Sunday, Jan. 17, 4:00 p.m.

Join other trackers and observers of wildlife to share stories. Audience participation encouraged. FREE, donations appreciated.

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.

Woodstock Training/Monitoring Hike
Saturday, Jan. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Training Hike, Bafflin Sanctuary 
Saturday, Jan. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Training Hike, location TBA
Saturday, Feb. 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Training Hike – location TBA
Saturday, Feb. 20.  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Woodstock Monitoring/Training Hike
Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more info, contact

Citizen Science Coordinator at paulacoughlin@charter.net.

Family and Children’s Programming

 After School Nature Club
January Session – Grades K-6
Thursdays Jan 7, 14, 21, & 28
February Session – Grades K-6
Thursdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18, & 25

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 to explore and search for animal tracks and sign.  The afternoons will be filled with fresh air, exercise and fun.  Wildlife lessons will be quietly inserted along the way.  We will go out in the cold so warm winter clothing and boots are a must. Cost per session: $40 CAS members; $50 non-members.

Creativity through Construction (ages 7 and up)
Saturday, Jan. 23, 10-11 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 27, 10-11 a.m.
Saturday, March 26, 10-11 a.m.

Led by longtime center volunteer and educator, Kathleen Hart, children will be explore the fun and imagination that comes with architecture and construction.  Activities will be oriented around bridges, tunnels, and other building structures.  This is a great STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) enrichment program.  Must sign up for all three lessons. Preregistration required and limited to 10. Cost: CAS members $20 per child for three sessions; non-members $40 per child.

 Center at Pomfret, P.O. Box 11, 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259  860-928-4948 

Bird Walks

Owl Walks
Saturday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.

Join our Sanctuary Manager in search of wintering owls.  We will attempt to find screech, barred, and great-horned owls. In years past saw-whet and long-eared owls have also been observed.  Most calling will be conducted from the road.  Program cancelled due to bad weather (rain, snow, high winds).  Cost: $5 CAS members/ $10 non-members.

Monthly Bird Walks
Thursday, Jan. 21, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 18, 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 CAS members; $10 non-members.

Center at Pomfret, P.O. Box 11,
218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259  
860-928-4948

Schedule School Field Trips and In-class Programs

Attention Teachers!
Science In Nature School 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: 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, it’s not too early to schedule your Spring field trip. The calendar is filling up. For more info and scheduling call 60-928-4948 or email Sarah at sheminway@ctaudubon.org.

 Center at Pomfret, P.O. Box 11, 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259  860-928-4948 

Special Opportunities

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.

Group Programming

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.

Summer Camp 2016: New brochure coming in January.

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Directions

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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Address

218 Day Road
P.O. Box 11
Pomfret Center, CT 06259
860-928-4948

Center Hours:

Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday
Noon-4:00 p.m.

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Our adjoining 700-acre Bafflin Sanctuary is open daily, year-round, from dawn to dusk.
Bafflin Sanctuary Map

The Center at Pomfret manages the 168-acre Trail Wood Sanctuary, open daily, year-round, from dawn to dusk. (Buildings open to the public only by appointment.)
Trail Wood Sanctuary Map

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