Center at Pomfret

March Sunday Lecture Series

Center at Pomfret
218 Day Road, Pomfret Center

Each Sunday lecture will be preceded by a guided walk at 1 p.m. 

and the lecture will be followed by a discussion and homemade refreshments.

Why Are Large Mammal Populations Increasing 
and Small Mammals Headed to the Endangered List?
 
Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m.

UConn Asst. Prof. Tracy Rittenhouse will review the factors that influence the changes in animal populations over time and space. Tracy’s research tests theories of habitat selection, migration and dispersal, and biodiversity and ecosystem function. Her motivation is to understand the factors that contribute to the long-term persistence of wildlife populations given the anticipated levels of global change, including land-use change, climate change, spread of invasive species, or wildlife disease. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.

 

Mabel Osgood Wright: Friendship of Nature, Birdcraft and the CT Audubon Society
Sunday March 15, 2 p.m.

 

“Gaia’s Garden” or How I Became an Ecological Artist
Sunday, March 22, 2 p.m.

 

Visit our Pomfret Center page for more information on all the lectures.

Summer Camp at Pomfret

Pomfret Surf and TurfRegister today for summer camp at Pomfret

Connecticut Audubon Society summer day camps offer enriching experiences, hands-on learning, exciting adventures, outdoor exploration – and memories that last a lifetime.

For complete details, download the program brochure.

Center at Pomfret: Register here; ages 6-12 (download Pomfret’s camp program brochure).

Additional forms:
Pomfret Mail-in Registration
Pomfret Registration Instructions
Pomfret Welcome Fact Sheet
Pomfret Hospital Patient Consent Form
Pomfret Permission Form
Pomfret Health Exam Record

 

 

Grassland Bird Conservation

Snowshoes and Cross-country Skis welcome!

  

Download more information about our center
and its green features.
 

 

Birds of Bafflin for the Week of Feb. 23

Brown Creeper, Brown-headed Cowbird, Red-tailed Hawk, Great-horned Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, Mockingbird, Robin, Pine Siskin, Song Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow

 

Download a list of birds you can expect to see in February on the Bafflin Sanctuary

 

 

IMG_6269Master Naturalist Training
Tuesdays, March 24 through May 26, 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.
Download the application   |   Download the training outline. 

 

 

1306810527_Vector_ClipartFOCUS ON NATURE 

Photography Contest & Exhibit
Opening Reception
Sun., April 10, 2-4 p.m.
Exhibit and Sale through May 10
Deadline for Entries, March 15

Download the Flyer and Contest Rules and the 2015 Entry Form

Sanctuary Walks and Programs

Regular Walks

Wednesday Noon Walks
Now through May 27, 12 p.m.

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.

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

Are you a morning person interested in getting out on the trails in the quiet beauty of the early day?  Consider coming out for guided walks on the sanctuary with our longtime volunteers who will explore and search for animal tracks and sign along the way.

 

March Sunday Lecture Series

Each Sunday lecture will be preceded by a guided walk at 1 p.m. and the lecture will be followed by a discussion and homemade refreshments.

Why Are Large Mammal Populations Increasing
and Small Mammals Headed to the Endangered List?
 
Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m.

UConn Asst. Prof. Tracy Rittenhouse will review the factors that influence the changes in animal populations over time and space. Tracy’s research tests theories of habitat selection, migration and dispersal, and biodiversity and ecosystem function. Her motivation is to understand the factors that contribute to the long-term persistence of wildlife populations given the anticipated levels of global change, including land-use change, climate change, spread of invasive species, or wildlife disease. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.

Mabel Osgood Wright: Friendship of Nature, Birdcraft and the CT Audubon Society
Sunday March 15, 2 p.m.

Follow the founder of the CT Audubon Society’s evolution from prospective medical student to passionate birder, author, educator and nature photographer. Trace her influence on local and national bird protection and her legacy that enriches us today. Lecturer Kathy Bradley is a retired child and family educator and advocate.  She has maintained an active interest in the outdoors and birding since childhood, and is a Master Naturalist and Center volunteer. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.  

“Gaia’s Garden” or How I Became an Ecological Artist
Sunday, March 22, 2 p.m.

Ana Flores is a sculptor, ecological designer, teacher and activist. Her sculptural work focusing on cultural and ecological narratives is 

shown internationally.  For two decades she has been promoting interdisciplinary dialogue and collaborations between the arts and sciences. For more on her work see www.earthinform.com and www.poetryofthewild.com

Cost: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

The Influence of Women: The Environmental Protection Agency and Its Administrators
Sunday March 29, 2 p.m.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, headed by the Office of the Administrator, was created in 1970.  Since that time, there have been five women Administrators, nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by a vote of the Senate.  Lisa Jackson, the fourth Administrator (2009-2013) was the first African American to be appointed to the position.  The current Administrator is Massachusetts native Gina McCarthy.  The Administrator is responsible for enforcing the nation’s Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, as well as numerous other environmental statutes. We will look at some of the women who have served as Administrators and at the acts and statutes that they enforce.

Jane Knox is Lecturer Emerita in the Department of Chemistry at UConn where she taught for 32 years.  She developed a course for non-science majors, entitled Chemistry for an Informed Electorate, which dealt with many environmental issues.  She is a Master Naturalist and a Center volunteer. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.

 

Bird Walks

Woodcock Watches
Thursday, March 12, 6:45 p.m.
Saturday, March 14, 6:45 p.m.
Thursday, March 19, 6:45 p.m.
Saturday, March 21, 6:45 p.m.
Thursday, March 26, 6:45 p.m.
Thursday, April 2, 7:00 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.

Tuesday Morning Bird Walks
Tuesdays, March 24 thru May 26, 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.

Weekend Bird Walk
Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m.

Depending on if it is an early spring or not, we could find some of the early arriving birds such as, Yellow Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Eastern Towhee, and Louisiana Waterthrush.  Cost:  Members Free/ Non-members $5.

Beginners Bird Walk
Sunday, 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
Thursday, May 7, 8 a.m.

We will drive to various locations and observe numerous bird species from the road or your vehicle.  Andy hopes many of his long time followers who felt they were unable to attend his regular walks anymore could join him on this new program.  He will call the birds to the group!  Call to pre-register.  Cost:  $5 members; $10 non-members.

Afternoon Bird Walks
Thursday, May 7, 5 p.m
Thursday, May 21, 5 p.m. 

Designed for those that are not early risers or work during the day, this walk is for you. May is typically the peak month for spring bird migration, so anything is possible.  Cost:  $5 members/$10 nonmembers.

Sugar Brook Wildlife Mgmt. Area Bird Walk
Saturday, May 9, 8 a.m.

Andy will lead the search through meadows, shrub lands, and mature forests along the Quinebaug River.  Many migrants including Orchard Orioles, Indigo Bunting, Pine Warblers, and Scarlet Tanagers are expected.  Carpool from the Center or meet at the Sugar Brook parking area.   Cost: $7 members; $12 non-members.

Mother’s Day Bird Walk
Sunday, May 10, 8 a.m.

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!

Fifth Annual 20 Warbler Day
Friday, May 15, 6 a.m. – 2p.m.

The peak of warbler migration, we will travel to numerous locations in our search.  Twenty one species were spotted last year. Call to register. Cost: $15 members; $30 non-members.

Airline Trail Bird Walk
Saturday, May 16, 8 a.m.

We will explore the section of the CT DEEP linear trail from the Pomfret Town Hall south.  This is a stretch of forest interior, with several wetland meadows and beaver ponds.  Mostly composed of mature oak forest with areas of dense mountain laurel.  Not yet surveyed, but Worm-eating warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Canada Warbler, and Black-throated Blue Warbler are possible nesters. Meet at the center.  Cost:  $7 members; $12 non-members.

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

We will explore a Wyndham Land Trust preserve in Woodstock.  Last year we found Tennessee warbler, Bobolinks, Northern Parula warblers.   Cost:  $7members; $12 non-members.

90 Bird Day (9th Annual)  
Wednesday, May 20, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Goal: to hear or see at least 90 species of birds by days end. Visits to many locations within a 10-mile radius.   Interesting sightings from past years include: Olive-sided Flycatcher, Bald Eagle, and Hooded Warbler. Bring lunch and drinks, Cost: $20 CAS members; $35 non-members. Must call to register.

Bird Banding Demonstration
Saturday, May 23, 9 a.m.

Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz and fellow bird banders to see various songbirds up close, observe, data collection and safely release of the birds. Cost: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members. 

Boston Hollow Bird Watch
Saturday, May 30, 8 am

We will explore the famous Boston Hollow area of Ashford.  Much of the land is owned by Yale.  It is a unique area with a Northern forest feel. Expect to find Blackburnian warblers, Winter Wrens, Canada warblers, Northern waterthrush and more.  In most cases we will bird from the road. Cost:  $ 7 members; $12 non-members.

 

Children’s Programming

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

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

After School Nature Clu
April Session – Grades K-6
Thursdays, Apr., 2, 9, 23, 30
May Session – Grades K-6
Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28

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 required permission slip.
Download the Flier.

 

ATTENTION TEACHERS!!

SCHEDULE  SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS AND IN-CLASS PROGRAMS

Want to add a little excitement to your classroom this winter?  Consider one of our in-class science programs.  We have one hour programs for kindergarten through sixth grade.  Sample titles include: Old Man Winter, The Dirt on Soils, Adaptations, Birds and Beaks, Food Chains, Skins and Bones, CSI Aquatic, Rockin’ Out and a lot more.  Also, it is not too early to schedule your spring field trip.  The calendar is filling up. For more info and scheduling call 860-928-4948 or email Sarah at sheminway@ctaudubon.org

 

Growing Vegetables 101: Two- Part Series
Saturday, April 18, 1 pm
Saturday, May 23, 1 pm

Andy Rzeznikiewicz will discuss and demonstrate how and when to plant a variety of vegetables.  There will be tips on garden layout, pest control, how to keep a low maintenance garden, when to harvest, how to extend the harvest, when to replant, and recommend varieties of seed or plant sources.  In April, we’ll discuss and demonstrate early plantings and garden prep.  The program is expected to last about an hour each session, but could go longer it needed.  Please call to register.  Cost per session: members $10; non-members $ 20   

 

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

 

IMG_1027Wildlife 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:
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.

 

Vernal Pool Surveys Training Workshops
Fri., April 3, 9-noon
Sat., April 4, 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

 

Monthly Art Exhibits and Programs

Playful Celebration of a Bountiful Terrainimage
Photography by Virge Lorents
Exhibit and Sale extended through March 15

Virge Lorents began as a studio product and industrial photographer in the late 1970s. In those pre-Photoshop days, getting the details right before clicking the shutter, was all-important. When first exploring the possibilities of creating artful photographs, her focus on details found expression in her kaleidoscopic Nature Mandalas, using color, texture and pattern to “assemble” an intricate, hopefully contemplative, image.  Virge’s “Garden, Fruit, Veggie” series has its roots in her move to northeast Connecticut as a back-to-the-land hippie. Establishing a garden was the first order of business and continues to be a source of both culinary and artistic inspiration.  Recently, she let go of the drive for control and perfection. Her “Motion” series celebrates spontaneity. The camera jiggled. The zoom lens careened through a scene. The shutter randomly clicked as the pine branches danced in the wind. Rather than making images, she let them happen. A portion of all sales to benefit the Center. 

The Beauty of Nature’s Bounty
New England Society of Botanical Artists
Opening Reception, Sun., May 17, 2 – 4 p.m. 
Exhibit May 17 through June

Bask in the beauty of the bountiful natural history of New England. Mountains, woodlands, bogs and beaches provide endless subjects to portray in paintings. From plants and birds to animals and insects. Come join us to view the natural history works of the members of the New England Society of Botanical Artists and celebrate ‘The Beauty of Nature’s Bounty’. Free to the public.

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

 

Annual Programs

 


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. 

Download the application   |   Download the 2015 Training Outline

 

 

Summer Camp 2015

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 Join us for eight weeks of fun!
Register online at the top of the page.
Download the 2015 Summer Camp Brochure and Registration Form 
Download the Required 2015 Summer Camp Forms

 

 

 

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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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