Center at Pomfret
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
Eagle Program by Horizon Wings
POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER
NEW DATE: Sunday, March 12, 2-4pm
Sunday, February 12, 2-4pm
Meet ‘Skywalker’ the Golden Eagle, the newest addition to the Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation & Education Center. Skywalker has been reunited with his friend Chrysos a female Golden Eagle and joined by Atka the Bald Eagle. Come see these magnificent birds of prey at the Center at Pomfret. For more information on these Eagles and other birds of prey visit www.horizonwings.org. Suggested donation: $10 per person.
Art Exhibits and Programs
Waterbirds in Love: Photography by Carol Lowbeer
Exhibit through April 28
Rarely seen courtship photos of over 50 species of waterbirds from 5 continents, including many endangered species. The birds perform spirited displays and courtship dances to impress each other while they pair up for their annual rituals. Free to the public.
Nature Sketchbook Journaling
Saturdays, Mar. 11 & Apr. 8, 1-4 p.m.
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.
Photography by Nancy L. Barrett
Reception: Sunday, May 7, 2 p.m.
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
Download the CT Audubon Bafflin Sanctuary Rules
Download more information about our center and its green features.
This Week’s Birds of Bafflin
Bald Eagle, Bluebird, American Kestrel, Evening Grosbeak, Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Fox Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, Mockingbird, Junco, Song Sparrow, Robin
Birds You Can Expect to See at Bafflin during March
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
Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Program
Tuesdays, March 28 through May 30, 8 a.m.-Noon
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.
Download the 2017 Master Naturalist Application
Download the 2017 Master Naturalist Training Outline
Sunday Afternoon Programs
Wilderness Survival 101
Sunday, March 5, 2 p.m.
The Baranski brothers – experienced outdoorsman, animal trackers, campers and nature photographers, will lead a program on survival covering everything from your emergency kit to shelter and food. Fee: $3 CAS members; $7 non-members.
Nature’s Revolutionaries: The Heroes That Preserved the Garden of Eden
Sunday, March 19, 2 p.m.
The heroes of American history include many who helped shape the world we live in today, but are often overlooked – the environmental visionaries and advocates who saved nature from relentless destruction. This talk will share some of their stories and discuss how, together, they preserved what is left from the Garden of Eden. Presented by historian and conservationist Steven Lewis. Fee: Free to CAS members; $7 non-members.
Climate Change and Its Effect on Human Health
Sunday, March 26, 2 p.m.
In addition to sea level rise, we are experiencing more frequent extremes in our weather which in turn impacts our health, food and water supplies. Sharon Diamen, M.D. retired Internist will discuss the implications of global climate change on human health and well-being, as well as provide simple steps we all can take to help fight it. Fee: Free to CAS members; $7 non-members.
John James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman
Sunday, April 2, 2 p.m.
Speaking on his new biography, History professor and author Greg Nobles brings John James Audubon back to full, vivid life; capturing the artist’s many facets as Audubon himself captured the essence of his beloved birds. The artist became America’s first celebrity scientist. Come learn about our organization’s namesake. Books available for purchase. Fee: Free to CAS members; $7 non-members.
Wednesday Noon Walks
Now through May 31, 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.
Thursday Morning Walks
Now through March 30, 8:30 am
Walk with us on Thursdays, Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.
Family and Children’s Programming
After School Nature Club
Spring Session: Thursdays
April 6, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18
The afternoons will be filled with fresh air, exercise and fun. We will be outside, so weather appropriate clothing and boots are a must. Fee: Members $60 for the 6-day session; Non-members $70 for the 6-day session. Download Permission Form.
Toddler Trails and Tales
Tuesdays, March 7 thru May 30
Center volunteer and mom of three, Melissa Telford will entertain your toddlers with stories, activities and fun along our trails. Wear clothes and boots appropriate for the weather. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost per child per day: $5 CAS members; $7 non-members.
April Vacation Camp
Tues., April 11 thru Fri., April 14
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Click here to download the registration form.
Click here to download camp flyer.
Limited to 20 per day. CAS members $45 per day; non-members $55 per day.
Bird Walks and Programs
Wednesday, March 8, 6:45 p.m.
Saturday, March 11, 6:45 p.m.
Wednesday, March 15, 6:45 p.m.
Wednesday, March 29, 7 p.m.
Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Early Morning Bird Walks
Tuesdays, March 21 thru May 30, 8a.m.
Fee: $3 CAS members; $7 non-members.
Virginia Rail Bird Walk
Friday, April 28, 6 p.m.
Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Beginners Bird Walk
Sunday, April 30, 8 a.m.
Free $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Saturday, May 6, 8 a.m.
Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Afternoon Bird Walk
Thursday, May 11, 5 p.m.
Fee: $5 members/$10 nonmembers.
Long Pond Bird Walk
Saturday, May 13, 8 a.m.
Meet at the center and carpool to this new Wyndham Land Trust preserve in Thompson. Fee: $7 CAS members; $12 non-members.
Mother’s Day Bird Walk
Sunday, May 14, 8 a.m.
Fee: $5 members; $10 non- members; Mothers Free!
20 Warbler Day
Monday, May 15, 6 a.m. – 2p.m.
We are going to attempt to find 20 species of warblers in one day.
Call 860-928-4948 to register. Fee: $15 members; $30 non-members.
Bird Watch for People with Limited Mobility
Wednesday, May 17, 8 a.m.
Join Andy as we drive to various locations and observe numerous bird species from the road or your vehicle. Register at 860-928-4948. Fee: $5 members; $10 non-members.
Bull Hill Bird Walk
Thursday, May 18, 8 a.m.
Meeting at the center, we will carpool to this large forest in Thompson. This will be the first bird trip to this location. Fee: $7 members; $12 non-members.
90 Bird Day
Friday, May 19, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Our tenth annual, our goal is to hear or see at least 90 species of birds by visiting many locations. Bring lunch, drinks & snack. Fee: $20 CAS members; $35 non-members. Registration required at 860-928-4948.
Bird Banding Demonstration
Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m.
Participants may release a bird. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Boston Hollow Bird Watch
Saturday, May 27, 8 a.m.
Fee: $ 7 CAS members; $12 non-members.
Center at Pomfret, P.O. Box 11,
218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259 860-928-4948
Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program
Winter 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 email@example.com. Fee: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members.
Wildlife Tracking & Monitoring
Saturday, March 4, in Woodstock
Become a Citizen Science Volunteer!
We will be searching for animal track and sign and documenting the presence of large mammals such as fisher, river otter, black bear, and bobcat. Trained volunteers monitor study sites in Willington, Canterbury, & Woodstock quarterly. Training fee per hike: $50 CAS members; $60 non-members. Registration required at 860-928-4948 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Willington/Canterbury to be added.
All hikes are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and subject to change due to weather. Full training is six hikes; participants select hikes that suit their schedule throughout the year. Registration is required. Training fee per hike: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members.
For more information, contact Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator at 860-928-4948 or email@example.com
Vernal Pool Inventory
Saturday, April 1, 9 a.m.-Noon
Friday, April 7, 9 a.m.-Noon
Field work – Friday and Saturday mornings in April and May
With spring rains and snowmelt, pools that typically are dry throughout summer, become breeding habitat for woodland amphibians. Peepers, wood frogs and spotted salamanders congregate at these vernal pools. Our trained volunteers search vernal pools for these breeding amphibians and their egg masses. Call to register for one of the training sessions at 860-928-4948. Fee: $10 for CAS members; $15 for non-members.
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
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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