Center at Pomfret

Grassland Bird Conservation

Photo by Sandee Harraden

Photo by Sandee Harraden

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First Hooded Warbler banded on Bafflin Sanctuary, July 2014

First Hooded Warbler banded on Bafflin Sanctuary, July 2014

Birds at Bafflin 
Week of August 4

Northern Harrier, Bobolink, Barn Swallow, Indigo Bunting, Black and White Warbler, Wood Thrush, Baltimore Oriole, Scarlet Tanager, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Black Vulture, American Redstart, Yellow Warbler and Great Blue Heron

 

Download a list of birds you can see in August
on the Bafflin Sanctuary!

 

Upcoming Programs

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Colors of Nature
Opening Reception Sunday, Aug. 17, 2 – 4 p.m.
Exhibit August 17 through October 2

This art exhibit and sale by the Northeastern Connecticut Art Guild will include a variety of artists and media. Pieces are inspired by the colors in nature. Come enjoy art in this beautiful sanctuary setting.  A portion of proceeds from sales benefit the Center. Free.
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Air and Water, Space and Time
Drawings by George Jacobi
Exhibit 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.

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

Geoff Muldaur is one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues and folk-rock scenes centered in Cambridge, MA and Woodstock, NY. During the 1960′s and ’70′s, Geoff made a series of highly influential recordings as a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and the Paul Butterfield’s Better Days group, as well as collaborations with then-wife Maria and other notables (Bonnie Raitt, Eric Von Schmidt, Jerry Garcia, etc.). He left the stage and recording world in the mid-1980′s for a working sabbatical but continued, however, to hone his craft, albeit ‘flying beneath the radar’. He composed scores for film and television, and produced off-beat albums. With his magical voice and singular approach to American music intact, Geoff is once again touring the world.
We are fortunate indeed to have him in Pomfret.

Holiday Nature Store – Coming Saturday, November 22 – December 23
Accepting donations through November.


Sanctuary Walks and Programs

Regular Walks

Wednesday Noon Walks
Now through November 26

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.

 

Walking Weekend: Bafflin Hike
Sunday, October 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Learn the trails with Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he guides you around our 700 acre sanctuary.  This is a 3 or 4 mile moderately difficult hike.  No dogs please. FREE

 

 

Bird Walks

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

Weekly Bird Walks
Every Tuesday in Sept. & Oct., 8:00 a.m. 

Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he points out various bird species.  Bring binoculars and wear drab colored clothing.  We carpool to various locations around the sanctuary.  Cost:  Free to members/$5 non-members.

 

Bird Banding
Saturday, Sept. 13, 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 20, 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 27, 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4, 9:00 a.m. 

Watch Andy Rzeznikiewicz and fellow bird banders capture and band numerous birds.  You will even get to release a bird or two.  Each session should produce different bird species, as the migration progresses.  Last fall we banded a beautiful northern parula warbler as well as many other warbler species!  Cost: $5 members/$10 non-members.

 

Bird Walks
Sundays, September 14 and 28, 8:00 a.m.

This is the prime time to find migrating fall warblers, vireos, and hawks.  Come and see the confusing fall warblers. Many species have changed into their winter plumage.  Most birds are found in large mixed flocks.  When we find a flock it gets very exciting!  Cost:  $5 members/$10 non-members.

 

Screech Owl Night Hike
Saturday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.

Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he leads you around the sanctuary at night looking for Screech owls. We will hike for about 2 hours surveying the interior sanctuary. Bring a flashlight and waterproof footwear. This hike is only for those who can navigate at night and keep up with the group. Be advised that this will be a rigorous hike over uneven terrain in the dark. The hike leader reserves the right to excuse participants unsuited to the task. Cost: $5 members/$10 non-members.

 

Saw-whet Owl Banding
Friday, Oct. 24, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 25, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 1, 8:00 p.m.

This exciting program should be a memorable experience. Bring your camera.  We are starting the program an hour later this year. It seems we catch more owls later in the evening. Due to costs for net replacements and other equipment, this program is priced higher. Register early as there is a limit of 20 people per session. Cost: $15 members/$25 non-members.

Owl Walk
Saturday, November 29th at 5:00 p.m.

Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he attempts to call in various owl species.  Screech, Barred, and Great-Horned Owls are likely at this time of year.  Maybe a Saw-whet will show up?  We carpool to several locations and the majority of our owls will be seen from the road.  Cost: $5 members/$10 non-members.

 

 

Family Programming

Weekly Summer Photography Workshops
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 pre-register.  10 people maximum.  Cost each week: $5 members; $10 non-members

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

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

What Do Aquatic Insects
Tell Us About Streams?
Saturday, Sept. 27, 10:00 a.m. to Noon

(Family stream program sponsored by the Connecticut Museum of Natural History.)

Join naturalist and science educator Paula Coughlin to explore a small stream and learn about a community of aquatic insects that are water quality indicators. Bring appropriate footwear for moderate hiking and boots or old sneakers that can get wet. Dress for mucking about in the stream. Special nets and waders will be provided during this family friendly activity. Adults and children ages 5+ accompanied by an adult. Advance registration required: $20 ($15 for MNH members – 860-486-4460 or CAS members – 860-928-4948).

Children’s Programming

Toddler Trails & Tales
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Sept 3 through Nov 19

Center volunteer and dad of two, Nick Beams will delight your toddlers with stories, activities and fun along our trails. Themes will change with the seasons. Wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Free to members/$5 non-members.

 

After School Nature Club
Sept Session – Grades K-6:
Thursdays, Sept. 11, 18, 25 & Oct 2
Oct Session – Grades K-6:
Thursdays, Oct. 9, 16, 23, & 30

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.

More info & forms at www.ctaudubon.org.

 

 

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

 

River Bio-assessment for Volunteers
Training dates: Friday, Sept. 5 or Saturday, Sept. 6
9:00 a.m. to Noon (Optional field work: Friday/Saturday mornings, Sept. & Oct.)

Did you know that aquatic insects are indicators of the health of streams?  Many of us recognize these fascinating insects only during their brief time as flying adults (dragonflies, mayflies, stoneflies, and the like), but they spend most of their lives in water. Come dressed for stream exploration; we’ll provide waders and nets and teach you how to net and identify aquatic insects. Our stream water quality data is shared with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, as well as local conservation groups. Visit the DEEP website to view data from past years.

Registration with Citizen Science Coordinator, Paula Coughlin, is required. For info contact Paula at 860-928-4948 or pcoughlin@ctaudubon.org.

Training fee: $7 members/$15 non-members.

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.

Training/monitoring hikes:
Saturday, Oct. 4, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Woodstock (location will be provided)
Saturday, Dec. 6, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Bafflin Sanctuary.
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 pcoughlin@ctaudubon.org. 

Training fee per hike: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members.

 

Northeast Wildlife Trackers Conference
Saturday, October 18th

For the first time, our Center at Pomfret will host this exciting one-day annual conference, a gathering of trackers from throughout New England. The key note speaker is Jim Halfpenny, nationally known tracker and author! Space is limited. Register at www.northeastwildlifetrackers.org.

 

Save the Date!
Thursday, November 20th
Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program Appreciation Night, 7:00 p.m.

Join us for this annual get together as we thank all of our wonderful Citizen Science volunteers for their conservation work. Special guest speaker TBA. Hope to see you there!

Monthly Art Exhibits and Programs

Air and Water, Space and TimeTRAIL WOOD 5Writing Cabin
Drawings by George Jacobi
Now 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. Download the flyer!

 

Figure 12. Hines's 1946 Federal Duck Stamp design

The Art of Conservation
Exhibit by Robert Hines,
our country’s only National Wildlife Artist
Opening Reception and Lecture:
Sunday Oct. 5, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Exhibit through November 30

Robert Hines (1912-1994) was the former staff artist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).  Self-taught, Hines began his career with the Ohio Division of Conservation and Natural Resources in 1939.  He designed the 1946 Federal Duck Stamp.  After joining the USFWS, he coordinated the annual competition for over thirty years, earning the nickname “Mr. Duck Stamp Contest.”  Hines became the vehicle through which millions of citizens learned about their natural heritage.  Come learn about our National Wildlife Artist, his legacy in the art of conservation, and view over 50 pieces of his work.

 

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

 

Annual Programs

Holiday Nature Store – Shop Locally!
Opening Day Sat., Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Store open through Tuesday, Dec. 23

The Center will be full of all kinds of gifts for all ages with Mother Nature in mind.  We will have bird feeders, bird houses, suet, gardening gifts, nature books, children’s books and games, puzzles, field guides, freshly cut Christmas trees, holiday decorations, freshly made evergreen swags, works by local artists, nature jewelry, LOTS of unique gift baskets and much more.  Stock changes daily.

 

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

 

Summer Camp 2015

100_3207 Download the 2014 Required Camp Forms!

Keep an eye out for the 2015 summer camp brochure coming January 2015!

 

 

 

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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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