Center at Pomfret

Fifty Shades of Nature

Northeast Connecticut Art Guild
Artists Reception, Sun., Aug. 30, 2-4 p.m.
Exhibit and sale through September 28

The Northeast Connecticut Art Guild fall exhibit will feature the works of local artists in various media. Free to the public, a portion of the proceeds benefit the Connecticut Audubon Society.    

 

Water Rising: Poetry and Art

WRBookCoverAug2015Book Launch: Friday, Oct. 2, 6:30-8:00
Exhibit though Oct 29

You are invited to a unique and magical event to launch Water Rising, a stunning book which celebrates the Quiet Corner.  Hear, see, discuss, and enjoy this highly acclaimed art collaboration.  Enjoy refreshments while viewing the original artwork and listening to a brief presentation by the authors.  Meet the artists and learn how this project and book took shape. An exhibition featuring the project and some of Evans’s artwork will be up through the month of October. The book will be available for sale with the proceeds to support the work of the Connecticut Audubon Society.

Inspired by the natural beauty of the Quiet Corner and to challenge themselves as writers and artists, Woodstock residents Leila Philip and Garth Evans have created Water Rising, an association of stunning watercolors and haunting poems.  Poet, Chris Merrill observes, “Evans and Philip teach us how to see a place anew, as if ‘a secret were breaking open.’ And once we know that secret… nothing will ever be the same again.”

Garth Evans is an internationally renowned sculptor whose experimental abstract works are displayed in major museums worldwide. Leila Philip is an award-winning writer known for her distinctive work in literary non-fiction. To learn more, see www.water-rising.com.

 

Upcoming Concerts

Sharp’s Appalachian Harvest
Friday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Woodstock’s Jeff Davis and England’s Brian Peters will present a pictorial and musical program on traditional songs and music from the collection made by Cecil Sharp in the Appalachian Mountains between 1916 and 1918. “English folk song collector Cecil Sharp and his secretary Maud Karpetes made trips into the Appalachian Mountains to seek old British ballads that had been carried there by emigrants 150 years earlier, and still survived vigorously in oral tradition”.  This program is an introduction to the stupendous collection they amassed. Cost: $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

General Information

 

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

Events at the Center at Pomfret

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Birding Through the Years with Paint and Brush

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Red-tailed Hawk by David Stumpo

Watercolor paintings, limited edition prints & note cards 
By Connecticut Wildlife Artist David C. Stumpo.
Opening Reception Sunday Nov. 1, 2-4 p.m.
Exhibit through December 31

Sterling resident and exquisite watercolorist David Stumpo returns with his many bird paintings.  His works, whether a framed original or oversized note cards are always worth considering as holiday gifts for the bird lovers in your circle of family and friends. At a minimum, come feast your eyes on his exhibit. Free to the public, a portion of the proceeds benefit the Connecticut Audubon Society. 

 Center at Pomfret, P.O. Box 11, 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259  860-928-4948 

Family and Children’s Programming

After School Nature Club
September Session – Grades K-6
Thursdays, Sept. 10, 17, 24 & Oct 1
October Session – Grades K-6
Thursdays, October 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. 

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 Center at Pomfret, P.O. Box 11, 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259  860-928-4948 

Bird Walks

Tuesday Bird Walks
Tues., Sept. 1 thru Oct., 27, 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:  members – free, non-members $5.

Sunday Bird Walks
Sunday, September 13, 8 a.m.
Sunday, September 27, 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 members/$10 nonmembers.

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Philadelphia Vireo by A. Rzeznikiewicz

 

Walking Weekend Bafflin Bird Walk
Sun., Oct. 11, 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

 

Owl Walk
Sat., Nov. 28, 6 p.m.

Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he attempts to call in various owl species.  Screech, Barred, and Great-Horned Owls are the likely ones 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  
860-928-4948

Birding Programs

Birds of Bafflin for the Week of August 24th.

Chestnut-sided warbler, Black and white warbler, Bobolink, Common Nighthawk, Wood duck, American Kestrel, Bluebirds, Common Yellowthroat, Goldfinch, Cooper’s Hawk, Bald Eagle, Ruby-throated hummingbird, Cedar waxwings, Baltimore oriole, Barn swallows

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

Fall Migration Bird Banding Sessions
Sat., Sept. 12, 9:00 a.m.
Sat., Sept. 19, 9 a.m.
Sat., Sept. 26, 9 a.m.
Sat., Oct. 3, 9 a.m.

Watch Andy Rzeznikiewicz and fellow bird banders 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.  Last fall we banded a Swainson’s Thrush as well as many warbler species!  Cost: $5 members/$10 non-members.

Walking Weekend Bafflin Bird Walk
Sun., Oct. 11, 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

Northern Saw-whet owl during a banding demonstration.

Northern Saw-whet owl during a banding demonstration.

 

Saw-whet Owl Banding Sessions
Fri., Oct. 23, 8 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 30, 8 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 31, 8 p.m.

This exciting program should be a memorable experience.  Bring your camera.  Last year was a great year with many owls caught and banded, we hope for a similar success this year.  Due to costs for net replacements and other equipment this program is priced higher.  Cost: $15 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.  Call and register early there is a limit of 20 people per session.

 Center at Pomfret, P.O. Box 11, 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259  860-928-4948 

Holiday Nature Store

SHOP LOCALLY AND CHECK OUT THE NEW CENTER!
Opening Day – Saturday, November 21

The NEW Center will be full of all kinds of gifts for all ages with mother nature in mind.  We have bird feeders, bird houses, suet, gardening gifts, nature books and items for children, field guides, freshly cut Christmas trees, David Stumpo paintings, matted prints and cards, other local art and photography, nature jewelry, gift baskets, holiday swags, raffle table & more. Open seven days a week through Wednesday, December 23. Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am-4pm; Sunday Noon-4pm.

Schedule School Field Trips and In-class Programs

Attention Teachers!
Science In Nature School Programs

Schedule field trips or in-class programs for elementary and middle school classes. Aligned with the Connecticut science standards, our field trips pack in four hours of hands-on activities and lessons on our 700 acre sanctuary. Topics include:

Bird Ecology, Adaptations, Life Cycles, The Dirt on Soils, Scratching the Surface, Weather and Climate, Fall Follies, Watershed Study, Nature Journaling & Photography at Trail Wood and more.

 

 Center at Pomfret, P.O. Box 11, 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259  860-928-4948 

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.

Summer Camp 2016: New brochure coming in January.

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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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