Center at Pomfret

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Birds at Bafflin 
Week of April 14

Eastern Meadowlark, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Blue-gray gnatcatcher, Pine Warbler, American Kestrel, Goldfinch, Yellow-bellied sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Barred Owl, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser Bluebird, Tree Swallow

 

The tree swallows have returned to the Bafflin Sanctuary.  Photo by Sarah Heminway

The tree swallows have returned to the Bafflin Sanctuary. Photo by Sarah Heminway

 

Upcoming Programs

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WELCOMING SPRING
Watercolors by Susan Peifer 
Exhibit and Sale through April 30

Susan’s bright cheery watercolors are the perfect antidote for late winter. A resident of Chaplin, wildlife artist Susan Peifer has all the elements available in her backyard to create her bright, spirited, approachable watercolors.  Of her work, she says, “Nature has always been my favorite subject.  To see birds and wildlife interact around me everyday in their natural element gives me the opportunity to portray them as real individuals; to give them life and personality.” Painting and exhibiting for over 30 years, Susan’s blend of crisp clear colors and wildlife images will be a welcome taste of spring. A percentage from all sales to benefit Center.  Free.

 

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SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION,
8 Weeks of Summer Fun,  June 23 to August 15
Download the Summer Nature Camp Brochure!
Download the Required Camp Forms!

 

SAVE THE DATE: OWL GARDEN PARTY
 Thursday June 19, 6 p.m.


Sanctuary Walks and Programs


Regular Walks

Wednesday Noon Walks
Now through May 28

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.

 

Thursday Morning Walks
Now through May 29, 8:30 a.m.

Third Sunday Walks
May 18, 2 p.m.

Stretch your legs, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the beauty of winter. The sanctuary rarely disappoints.  Longtime volunteer, tracker and nature photographer Fran Baranski will lead and no doubt offer up animal tracking lessons along the way.  Bring your binoculars and/or your camera if you are so inclined. Cost: Free members; $5 nonmembers.

 

Bird Walks 

Early Morning Bird Walks
Tuesdays, Now thru May 27, 8 a.m.

With access to over 1,650 acres of land, we will seek out a variety of bird species.  Wear drab colored clothing and bring binoculars (on some occasions a spotting scope is useful). Cost: free CAS members; $5 non-members.

 

Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, May 3, 8 a.m. 

If you are new to bird watching this is a good weekend to start!  Some of the colorful spring birds are back and the leaves aren’t out yet.  Expect to see Yellow warblers, Blue-winged warblers, Black and white warblers. $5 CAS members/$10 non-members.

 

Bird Watch: Folks with Limited Mobility
Wednesday, May 7, 8 a.m.

Sanctuary Manager, Andy Rzeznikiewicz will lead the group by car to various locations to observe numerous bird species from the road. If you’ve been reluctant to go on a bird walk due to limited mobility, this is your opportunity. He will call the birds to you!  Pre-register. $5 members; $10 non-members.

 

Afternoon Bird Walks
Thursday, May 8, 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 22, 5 p.m.

This time of year is typically the peak of the spring bird migration, so anything is possible. Cost: $5 members/$10 nonmembers.

 

Plainfield Fish Hatchery Bird Walk
Saturday, May 10, 8 a.m.

We will search the grounds of the CT DEEP Fish Hatchery in Plainfield.  Large grasslands, shrublands, and mature trees along the Quinebaug River are great locations for nesting and migrating birds. Cost: $7 members; $12 non-members.

 

Mother’s Day Bird Walk
Sunday, May 11, 8 a.m.

Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he finds various migrants.  Bring your mother or grandmother out to see the assorted colorful birds of spring.  Many species can be found by this date including bobolinks and scarlet tanagers.  Cost: $5 members; $10 non- members; Mothers Free!

 

20 Warbler Day
Thursday, May 15, 6 a.m. – 2p.m.

We are going to attempt to find 20 species of warblers in one day.  This is the peak of warbler migration, we will be travelling to numerous locations. This is our 4th year doing this program.  Last year we found 21 species.   Call ahead to register. Cost: $15 members/$30 non-members.

 

Woodstock Bird Walk
Saturday, May 17, 8 a.m.

We will explore a Wyndham Land Trust preserve in Woodstock, CT.  Previously, Tennessee warbler, Bobolinks, and Northern Parula warblers were observed.  Cost: $7members/$12 non-members.

 

90 Bird Day  (8th Annual)  
Monday, May 19, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The goal is to hear or see at least 90 species of birds in nine hours or less. We will be visiting many locations within a 10-mile radius.   Interesting sightings from past years include: Olive-sided Flycatcher, Bald Eagle, and Hooded Warbler. Bring lunch, drinks, and a snack. Cost: $20 CAS members; $35 non-members. Call to register!

 

Bird Banding Demonstration
Saturday, May 24, 9 a.m.

Watch our master bird banding crew in action. See various songbirds up close as we gently catch them, take and record measurements, and then safely release them. Participants may release a bird. Cost: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

 

Thompson Bird Walk
Sunday, May 18, 8 a.m.

We will explore a new 127 acres Wyndham Land Trust preserve in Thompson, CT.  The property contains many evergreens and shrubland.  The Little River flows through it. Expect Prairie Warblers, Brown Thrasher, Blue-headed Vireo, and Black-throated green warblers.  $7members/$12 nonmembers.

 

Boston Hollow Bird Watch
Sunday, May 25, 8 a.m.

We will explore the famous Boston Hollow area of Ashford.  Much of the land is owned by Yale.  It is a unique area due with a Northern forest feel.  Expect to find Blackburnian warblers, Winter Wrens, Canada warblers, Northern water thrush to name a few.  We will bird from the road in most cases.  Cost:  $ 7 members/ $12 nonmembers.

  

Master Naturalist Training

Tuesdays, Mar 25 to May 20, 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. 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

 

Children’s Programming

ATTENTION TEACHERS!!  
SCIENCE IN THE WOODS –  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. Spring titles include: Birding 101, Signs of Spring, The Dirt on Soils, Adaptations, Watersheds & Erosion, Nature Journaling & Photography at Trail Wood, Bio Blitz and more. For other titles, pricing and scheduling contact Sarah at sheminway@ctaudubon.org

 

Spring After School Nature Club
3:30 – 5:15 p.m.

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Grades K-6: Thurs., Apr. 3, 10, 24, & May 1

May Session
Grades K-6: Thurs., May 8, 15, 22, 29

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

Download the Flier and Permission Slip   |   Download Application    

Toddler Trails and Tales 
Wednesdays, 9:30–11 a.m.
Now through April

Center volunteer and mum of two, Melissa Telford, will delight your toddlers with stories, activities and fun along our trails.  Themes will change with the season.  Wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Cost: Free to all thanks to a generous donation. 

NEW! Family Adventure Hikes with Paula Coughlin, naturalist and science educator.

Spring programs, especially for children 4 years and older and their parents. Bring the family along to explore the trails and wildlife habitats of our Bafflin Sanctuary.  

Visit a Vernal Pool
Sun., May 4, 1-3 p.m.

Let’s search for egg masses and the frogs and salamanders that come to breed in these spring pools.  It’s a race for their lives as eggs hatch and the little tadpoles change into adults before the pool dries up in early summer.  Spring days can be cool, breezy, warm or rainy. Frogs don’t need rain coats but you might, so come dressed for the weather. Registration required. $5  members/$10 non-members

  

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. 

Vernal Pool Surveys Training Workshops
Field work: Fri/Sat mornings, Apr & May

Vernal pool season goes by quickly so don’t miss the fun. Usually dry by summer, snowmelt and spring rains fill these pools in the early spring. The call of the peepers and wood frogs follow. On Friday and Saturday mornings in April and May, our trained volunteers are out counting egg masses and looking for frogs and salamanders at vernal pools in northeast Connecticut. If you think you have a vernal pool near you, please give us a call. Call to register for one of the vernal pool training sessions at 860-928-4948.  Fee: $ 10 CAS members, $15 non-members

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

  

Monthly Art Exhibits and Programs   

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Welcoming Spring
Susan Peifer Exhibit and Sale
Exhibit and Sale through April 30

Susan’s bright cheery watercolors are the perfect antidote for late winter. A resident of Chaplin, wildlife artist Susan Peifer has all the elements available in her backyard to create her bright, spirited, approachable watercolors.  Of her work, she says, “Nature has always been my favorite subject.  To see birds and wildlife interact around me everyday in their natural element gives me the opportunity to portray them as real individuals; to give them life and personality.” Painting and exhibiting for over 30 years, Susan’s blend of crisp clear colors and wildlife images will be a welcome taste of spring. A percentage from all sales to benefit Center.  Free to public.

 

POMFRET’S TERCENTENARY 
STUDENT ARTWORK EXHIBITION

Pomfret Community School students had the opportunity to showcase their talents in a school wide art contest.  Grades three through eight were involved in the voting process of selecting the top ten art works. The winning artworks were printed and made into note cards. All the proceeds have been and continue to be donated to local charities such as The Pomfret Food Pantry and P.A.W.S. animal shelter. The following student’s artwork will be exhibited: Quantiwah Sangasy, Gianna Materas, Rebecca Hague, Rori MacKenzie, Shannon Gagnon, Logan Brock, Kennedy Dexter, Arielle Johnson, Emma Sarantopoulos, and Gabriel St. Jean. PCS note cards can be purchased at the Center.

 

ROBERT CARSTEN
One Day Pastel Workshop
Sat., April 26 9:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Presented by the Northeastern Connecticut Art Guild (NECTAG). Space is limited to 12.  Reservations required by March 1. Cost: $75 NECTAG members; $85 nonmembers.  For more information and reservation form go to www.ctaudubon.org/pomfret.

 

Egret Kiss for Audubon ShowNATURE THROUGH MY LENS
Photography Exhibit by Sandee Harraden
Opening Reception, Sun. May 4, 2-4 p.m.
Exhibit and sale through June 30 

Sandee Harraden’s passion and love of nature inspires her to create breath-taking images showing the delights nature offers to all of us. This photography artistically captures moments and will take you to fascinating places sharing visions of our world through her lens. www.SandeeHarraden.com. A percent of sales will benefit the Center. Free. 

 

 

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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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218 Day Road
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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