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
Mar. 16, 2 p.m.
Apr. 20, 2 p.m.
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.
Thursday, March 13, 6:45 p.m.
Saturday, March 15, 6:45 p.m.
Thursday, March 20, 6:45 p.m.
Thursday, March 27, 6:45 p.m.
A sure harbinger of spring, this fascinating little bird puts on a riveting mating display at dusk. As long as the weather and temperature cooperate, we should hear & see them in action. Cost: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Early Morning Bird Walks
Tuesdays, March 18 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. We are currently accepting applications.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring After School Nature Club
3:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Grades K-6: Thurs., Apr. 3, 10, 24, & May 1
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
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.
Animal Tracking Hike
Sat., March 8, 10 am – noon
Co-sponsored with the Connecticut Museum of Natural History
Search for track and sign of animals that are active throughout winter. From small birds and rodents, to larger animals like bobcats, fisher, and coyote, their unique tracks tell a story of native wildlife activity. Join naturalist and science educator, Paula Coughlin, on the trail of winter animals and learn some basic tracking skills. Dress for the weather including appropriate footwear for moderate hiking in the snow or mud. Advance registration required: $15 ($10 for MNH/CAS members) Adults and children ages 5 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. MNH – 860.486.5690
Pancake Breakfast & Wildlife Egg Hunt
Sat. April 5, 9 to 10 a.m.
Come out for a pancake and sausage breakfast hosted by local Girl Scout Troop 5117 and then head out on the trails for our wildlife egg hunt. This is designed as a leisurely family walk to search for grassland and woodland creatures handcrafted by area girl scouts and PCS students. They will be nestled in their respective habitats. Each child may take three egg creatures home. This event does not involve candy. Cost for Breakfast: $5 per person. Cost for Egg Hunt: $2 per child or $5 for a family of three or more children. Breakfast reservations appreciated.
April Vacation Camp
Mon. April 14 – Thurs. April 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mon. – Stream & Pond Life
Tues. – Mammal Mania
Wed. – Bird Banding & Birds of Prey
Thurs. – Backpack on the Airline Trail
Outdoor adventures for kids who don’t mind getting wet and dirty and having a blast in the process. Come for a day or all four. Limited to 20 per day. Call 860-928-4948 to register.
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
Volunteer Monitoring Program
Become a Citizen Science Volunteer!
For more info, call Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator, 860-928-4948 or email email@example.com
Mammal Monitoring Program 2014
Winter Training Hike Schedule
Sat., March 1, – Woodstock monitoring/training hike
Winter is a great time to discover the tracks and sign of local wildlife such as bobcat, fox, fisher, otter, bear and porcupine. You can become a trained wildlife monitor and help our team of volunteers monitor study sites (quarterly), collecting important conservation data. We offer training throughout the year but tracking is especially fun when there is snow cover. Will we be tracking in snowshoes as we have done previous years? Who knows what this winter will bring. Begin or continue training to become a CAS Citizen Science wildlife monitor this winter. Track with our trained volunteers in action as they find, photograph, and document wildlife track and sign. Full training is six hikes; participants select hikes that suit their schedule. Hikes subject to change due to weather. Registration required. Call Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator (860) 928-4948 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Cost: Training fee per hike: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members.
Vernal Pool Surveys Training Workshops
Fri., April 4, 9-noon
Sat., April 5, 9-noon
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
Wildlife Tracking and Monitoring
Sat., March 1 – Woodstock
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. Training fee per hike: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members
For additional programming in our area consider Trail Wood, our Edwin Way Teale Sanctuary in Hampton.
Monthly Art Exhibits and Programs
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.
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.
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.
NATURE 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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