Center at Pomfret

Grassland Bird Conservation

Photo by Sandee Harraden

Photo by Sandee Harraden

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Birds at Bafflin 
Week of July 14

Hooded Warbler, Blue-winged warbler, Black and white warbler, White-eyed vireo, Wood Thrush, Veery, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ovenbird, Bobolink, House Wren, Pileated Woodpecker

Click here for a downloadable list of birds you can expect to see in July here in Pomfret! 

Upcoming Programs

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TRAIL WOOD 5Writing CabinAir and Water, Space and Time
Drawings by George Jacobi
Exhibit: July 5 through August 15

George spends as much time outside as he can, engaged with the natural world. As a fly fisherman he occupies a space that includes both predator and prey, and in a genuinely spiritual sense he becomes the creatures he is interacting with, expanding his awareness and compassion.  As an artist, he inhabits his work in the same way, becoming the objects and connections as they are created. Making visual art continually fine-tunes his own awareness and vitality. The interaction of elements in his works of art is designed to enable the viewer to question exactly what is seen, and thereby kick-start the questioning of his or her own perception. This exhibit includes “Conversations With Teale”, a series of 6 drawings of Trail Wood. He will share some of his own live music for Teale fans and birders.

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SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION,
Openings Available
Now to August 15
Download the Summer Nature Camp Brochure!
Download the Required Camp Forms!

 

Save the date!
Geoff Muldaur Concert
Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door


Sanctuary Walks and Programs

Regular Walks

Wednesday Noon Walks
Now through July 30

Join Connecticut Audubon Society staff for 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.

 

Bird Walks

Evening Bird Walks
Wed., August 6, 6 p.m.

Sanctuary Manager, Andy Rzeznikiewicz will be in search of a variety of birds.  At this time of year there is a good chance we will find newly fledged young birds.  Cost:  $5 members; $10 nonmembers

Evening Bird Walk
Thurs., August 28, 6 p.m.

Finding some migrating sandpipers or warblers will be our focus.  Cost: $5 members;$10 nonmembers

Nighthawk Watch
Sat., August 30, 5 p.m.

Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as we wait and watch for migrating common nighthawks.  Other bird species should be observed as well.  Bring your binoculars.  Cost:  $5 members; $10 nonmembers

 

Family Programming

Weekly Summer Photography Workshops
Wednesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30,  4 – 6 p.m.
Wednesdays, Aug. 6, 13, 20, & 27,  4 – 6 p.m.

Nationally recognized nature photographer, Sandee Harraden will lead these walks.  Each week will begin with a discussion of a new photography technique.  Then out into the field to focus on photography.  (If it rains the photography will take place inside the Center.)  We will end each meeting critiquing participant’s images.  All levels are welcome.  Bring a point and shoot or a SLR camera, clothes which can get wet and dirty, and your creativity.  Please call to re-register.  10 people maximum.  Cost each week: $5 members; $10 non-members

Bugs with Ben
Thurs., August 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what that insect was that flew out from under your foot?  Did you ever slow down to ask yourself what was that weird shrill you heard in the summer night air?  Ben Williams, regional board member, nationally recognized lepidopterist and life-long bug guy will take you on an evening bug walk and oh, the critters you will discover!  Wear comfortable shoes for walking as well as light weight pants and long sleeved shirt to keep the mosquitos at bay. Cost: Members Free; $5 nonmembers

Invasive Plant Identification Walk
Sat., August 9, 9 a.m.

Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he points out the numerous invasive trees, shrubs, vines, and other plants found in the area.  He will give pointers on how to control and identify them.  Cost:  $5 members; $10 nonmembers

 

Children’s Programming

Summer Camp

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 Download the Required Camp Forms!

ATTENTION TEACHERS!!
SCHEDULE FALL  SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS AND IN-CLASS PROGRAMS

Check out our field trips for elementary and middle school classes.  Aligned with the Connecticut science standards, our programs pack in four hours of hands-on activities on our 700 acre sanctuary. Fall titles include: Birding 101, The Dirt on Soils, Adaptations, Seaside Ecology, Nature Journaling & Photography at Trail Wood, Bio Blitz and more. For other titles, pricing and scheduling contact Sarah at sheminway@ctaudubon.org

 

Citizen Science
Volunteer Monitoring Program

Become a Citizen Science Volunteer!  For more info, call Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator, 860-928-4948 or email pcoughlin@ctaudubon.org

 

Wildlife Tracking and Monitoring
Training/Monitoring Hike

Our 13th year of documenting animal track and sign, the presence of large mammals such as fisher, river otter, black bear, and bobcat. Trained Citizen Science volunteers monitor study sites in Willington, Canterbury, and Woodstock quarterly. Begin or continue training to become a Citizen Science wildlife monitor by attending training hikes that suit your schedule throughout the seasons.

Monthly Art Exhibits and Programs

Air and Water, Space and TimeTRAIL WOOD 5Writing Cabin
Drawings by George Jacobi
Exhibit: July 5 through August 15

George spends as much time outside as he can, engaged with the natural world. As a fly fisherman he occupies a space that includes both predator and prey, and in a genuinely spiritual sense he becomes the creatures he is interacting with, expanding his awareness and compassion.  As an artist, he inhabits his work in the same way, becoming the objects and connections as they are created. Making visual art continually fine-tunes his own awareness and vitality. The interaction of elements in his works of art is designed to enable the viewer to question exactly what is seen, and thereby kick-start the questioning of his or her own perception. This exhibit includes “Conversations With Teale”, a series of 6 drawings of Trail Wood. He will share some of his own live music for Teale fans and birders.

 

Colors of Nature
Northeast Connecticut Art Guild
August 16 – September 28
Opening Reception: August 17, 2-4 p.m.

This art exhibit and sale by the Northeastern Connecticut Art Guild features a variety of artists and media. Pieces are inspired by the colors in nature. Come enjoy the art in this beautiful sanctuary setting. A portion of proceeds benefit the Center.

 

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

 

Upcoming Programs

Master Naturalist Training
Tuesdays, late March through May, 2015

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. The 2014 application deadline has passed; consider applying for the the March 2015 session.

Download the Master Naturalist Training Outline

Click here to download Master Naturalist Application

 

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Events at the Center at Pomfret

News and Announcements

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.

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.

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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