Center at Pomfret

Owl Garden Party

Thursday, June 15, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Limited space available.
RSVP Today!

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Owl Garden Party Invitation
Owl Garden Reply Card

Owl Garden Parking Card

Register for summer camp at the Center at Pomfret

Registration for our 2017 summer camps starts February 14!

Use this links to register online now:

Center at Pomfret

Use these links for more information:

Pomfret Summer Camp Brochure
Pomfret Summer Camp Mail-in Registration Form.
Pomfret Summer Camp Other Required Forms

Art Exhibits and Programs

Nature’s Canvas
Photography by Nancy L. Barrett
Exhibit and sale through end of July

Nancy spends much of her time hiking nearby woodlands capturing her vision of nature. Photography provides a way to share her observations with others. Free

Nature Sketchbook Journaling
Saturday, July 1, 9am – Noon
Saturday, August 5, 9am – Noon

You’ll spend time outdoors on the Bafflin Sanctuary, sketching and painting from nature. Roxanne Steed will teach basic drawing and quick intuitive watercolor techniques. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members. Call 860-928-4948 to register.

General Information

Download the CT Audubon Bafflin Sanctuary Rules

Download more information about our center and its green features.  

This Week’s Birds of Bafflin

Tennessee Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Virginia Rail, Green Heron, Savannah Sparrow, Bobolink, Kestrel, Pine Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Orchard Oriole, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Veery, Willow Flycatcher, Great-crested Flycatcher, Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow, White-eyed Vireo, Brown Thrasher

Click for Birds You Can Expect to See
in June at Bafflin Sanctuary

 

 

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

Regular Walks

Wednesday Noon Walks
Now through August 30, 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. Free to CAS members; $3 non-members.

Family and Children’s Programming

Trails & Tales Special Event
Tuesday, June 6, 2-4 p.m.

Toddlers and adults join us on a short trek at 2 pm to let the kids get their energy out followed by a sing along at 3 pm with local singer/songwriter Maria Sangiolo. Fee: $5 per family CAS members; $10 per family non-members. (The regular weekly Toddlers group will reconvene in September).

Bird Walks and Programs

 

Bull Hill Bird Watch/Hike
Thursday, June 29, 8 a.m.

Come and explore this new Wyndham Land Trust preserve in Thompson. We will look for birds and hike out to see the fabulous scenic vista. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members. 

Whip-poor-will Walk
Saturday, July 8, 8:45 p.m.

Join Andy as he attempts to locate calling whip-poor-wills on a preserve in Thompson.  We will attempt to call in Owls as we have observed them in previous years. Meet at the Center at Pomfret and carpool from here. Bring a small flashlight or headlamp. Please call 860-928-4948 to register. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Evening Bird Walks
Thursday, July 13, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 3, 6 p.m.

We will be looking for different species of birds. We might find newly fledged young birds. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

Evening Bird Walk/Nighthawk Watch
Saturday, August 26, 6 p.m.

We will hike on the sanctuary looking for other birds as we keep one eye on the sky for migrating nighthawks. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

NEW Wednesday Photography Workshops
June 21 & 28; 
July 12, 19, & 26; 
Aug 2, 11 or 12 (TBD), & 16
Most sessions 6-8 p.m.

Geoff Bolte, owner of Clarus Studios, is a wonderful all around photographer. He will be offering an 8-week series on nature photography, sharing his skills and techniques under a variety of day time and night time conditions. Plenty of outside shooting depending on weather. 

Topics to be covered include: 

  • Basic Photography Skills
  • Nature at Conn Audubon – animals & plants of the Bafflin Sanctuary
  • Night Sky Photography –sunsets/meteor showers
  • Fast Shutter Photography – bubbles & hummers/birds
  • Slow Shutter Photography – tools for slower/panning/silky water
  • Macro Photography – water drops
  • Editing Basics – lightroom/photoshop
  • Free Range – snap what you like

Fees: $10/per class CAS members; $20/per class non-members OR
$40/8-week session CAS members; $80/8-week session non-members.

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

Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program

Mammal Wildlife Tracking 

What’s in your backyard? Tracking activities, presentations, and mounted animal exhibit followed by an afternoon tracking hike on the sanctuary.  Dress for the weather, bring water, lunch and snack. For more information, contact Paula Coughlin, Coordinator at paulacoughlin@charter.net. Fee: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members.

Wildlife Tracking & Monitoring Training Hike
Saturday, July 15, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Woodstock. (Canterbury and Willington summer dates TBA)

You may have seen the tracks of a red fox or a fisher in mud or snow. Maybe, you’re lucky and caught a glimpse of a coyote. Connecticut’s forests provide excellent habitat for local wildlife.  Our experienced Citizen Science Volunteers monitor sites in Woodstock, Willington, and Canterbury seasonally, always on the lookout for track and sign of fisher, river otter, mink, moose, black bear, and bobcat. You are welcome to 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 pcoughlin@ctaudubon.org

Schedule School Field Trips and In-class Programs

Attention Teachers!
Science In Nature School Programs

Early- Mid May 2016 031_2Want 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 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.

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.

Register for Summer Camp

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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