Center at Pomfret

Grassland Bird Conservation

Center at Pomfret

“Bafflin at Dawn” Aerial Photo by G. L. Sweetnam

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Chestnut-sided Warbler

 

Birds at Bafflin 
Week of October 20

Golden-crowned kinglet, Ruby-crowned kinglet, Magnolia warbler, Palm warbler, Hermit thrush, Common snipe, Wood duck, Purple finch, Brown creeper, White-crowned sparrow, Swamp sparrow, Savannah sparrow


Download a list of birds you can see in Bafflin Sanctuary this Autumn.

Upcoming Programs

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Figure 12. Hines's 1946 Federal Duck Stamp design

The Art of Conservation
Exhibit by Robert Hines,
our country’s only National Wildlife Artist

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.

Be Part of the Process

DEEP State Wildlife Action Plan Public Forums
Open to the Public
Saturday, November 8, 2 – 4 p.m.

 

Meet Chrysos, the Golden Eagle

Sunday, November 9, 2 p.m.
A fundraiser to support Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation & Education
$7/adults; $4/child

 

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!

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.
 

Bird Walks

Weekly Bird Walks
Every Tuesday in Oct., 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.  Cost:  Free to members/$5 non-members.

 

 

Bird Walks

Saw-whet Owl Banding
Saturday, Nov. 1, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 7, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 8, 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 29, 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 27, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 24, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 21, 7:00 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.

 

Monthly Bird Walk
Thursday, December 18, 1 p.m.
Thursday, January 22, 1 p.m.
Thursday, February 26, 1 p.m.

Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz in search for wintering bird species.  We will look for horned larks, ducks, hawks, sparrows, yellow-bellied sapsuckers and more.  Cost:  $5 members/ $10 non-members.

 

Children’s Programming

Toddler Trails & Tales
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Now 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
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.

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Download the required contact information sheet.

 

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

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, 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.

 

Monthly Art Exhibits and Programs

 

Figure 12. Hines's 1946 Federal Duck Stamp design

The Art of Conservation
Exhibit
by Robert Hines,
our country’s only National Wildlife Artist

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.

 


IMG_6269Master 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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