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Center at Pomfret

General Information

Photo by Sandee Harraden

Photo by Sandee Harraden

Download the CT Audubon Bafflin Sanctuary Rules

Download more information about our center and its green features.  

This Week’s Birds of Bafflin

Great Blue Heron, Common Nighthawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Bluebird, Barn Swallow, Bobolink, Wood Duck, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Barred Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, House Finch, Chipping Sparrow

Download a list of birds you can expect to see in September 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

Art Exhibits

Love, Flowers, and a Gentle Breeze-Works by Jonathan Fritz
Art Exhibit through October 30
Opening Reception, Sunday, October 9, 2-4 p.m.

To say Jonathan Fritz’s paintings capture the eye is an understatement. They whimsical and pop-figurative images are brought to life through his unique, textured style of painting. Fritz has been commissioned to paint a number of murals for both private and public space projects, including several distinctive New York City hotspots. He utilizes his canvas to create elaborate, fantasy-filled dreamscapes for his viewers. FREE to public, a portion of any sales will benefit the Connecticut Audubon Society.


Wildlife Artist David C. Stumpo
Artist Reception, Sunday, November 6, 2-4 p.m.
Exhibit and Sale through Christmas

Sterling resident and watercolorist David Stumpo’s popular bird paintings are on display daily. His works, whether a framed original, limited edition print or oversized note cards, are always worth considering as holiday gifts for the bird lovers in your circle of family and friends. Come feast your eyes on his exhibit. FREE to the public, a portion of any sales will benefit the Connecticut Audubon Society. 

Regular Walks

Wednesday Noon Walks
September 7 through November 30

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

After School Nature Club
September Session – Grades K-6
Thursdays, September 15, 22, 29, Oct 6

October Session – Grades K-6
Thursdays, October 13, 20, 27, Nov 3

Sessions run from 3:15 – 5 p.m.

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 CAS members; $50 non-members Download Permission Form.


Bird Walks and Programs

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Baltimore Oriole. Photo by P. Vertefeuille

Weekly Bird Walks
Every Tuesday in September & October, 8 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.  Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.

Sunday Bird Walks
Sunday, September 18, 8 a.m.
Sunday, September 25, 8 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 CAS members; $10 non-members.

Bird Banding 1, 2, 3, and 4
Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m.
Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m.
Saturday, September 24, 9 a.m.
Saturday, October 1, 9 a.m.

Watch Andy Rzeznikiewicz and fellow bird bander’s 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. Cost: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

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Sunday, October 9, 8 a.m.

Come and find southbound migrating birds on the Bafflin Sanctuary.  Andy Rzeznikiewicz will point out the various sparrows, hawks, and other songbirds.  Bluebirds, White-crowned Sparrows, Palm Warblers are likely to be seen. FREE

Saw-whet Owl Banding 1, 2, & 3
Saturday, October 22, 8 p.m.
Friday, October 28, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 5, 8p.m.

This exciting program should be a memorable experience.  Bring your camera. Last year we banded many owls and hope for similar success this year. Call and register early; there is a limit of 20 people per session. Cost: $15 CAS members; $25 non-members.

(We will reschedule if the weather is going to be bad. If these dates don’t work for you call and leave your name and phone number and we may schedule an additional banding date.) 

Owl walk
Saturday, November 26, 7 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.


Center at Pomfret, P.O. Box 11,
218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259  

Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program

River Bio-assessment for Volunteers
Training Dates: (pick one)
Friday, September 9, 9 a.m.-noon
Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m.-noon.

Did you know that aquatic insects are indicators of the health of streams?  Dragonflies and damselflies are among the many insects that spend most of their lives in water. Eggs are laid in streams where the tiny nymphs spend weeks to months eating and growing before transforming to their adult, flying stage. 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.  Training fee: $7 CAS members; $15 non-members. Register with Paula Coughlin at pcoughlin@ctaubudon.org or by calling 860-928-4948.

Please call to register for one training session. Optional field work: Friday/Saturday mornings in September or October.

Wildlife Tracking and Monitoring:

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-tail deer, raccoon, beavers, and a variety of rodents.  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. Register with Paula Coughlin at pcoughlin@ctaubudon.org or by calling 860-928-4948.

Training/Monitoring Hikes
Saturday, September 24,
8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. in Woodstock 

Training fee: $50 CAS members; $60 non-members.

Introductory Tracking Hike
Saturday, December 3,
9 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Bafflin Sanctuary

Fee: $25 CAS members; $35 non-members.


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  

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.


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
P.O. Box 11
Pomfret Center, CT 06259

Center Hours:

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
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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