Center at Pomfret

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Holiday Nature Store

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Shop Locally and Support the Center at Pomfret!

The Center at Pomfret 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.

Opens November 19th. Open seven days a week through Wednesday, December 21.
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. -4 p.m.; Sunday noon-4 p.m.

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General Information

Download the CT Audubon Bafflin Sanctuary Rules

Download more information about our center and its green features.  

This Week’s Birds of Bafflin

Eastern Meadowlark, American Kestrel, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Great-horned owl, Barred Owl, Screech Owl, Junco, Song Sparrow, Ring-necked Pheasant, Mallard.  Not a bird but an otter was observed.

Birds You Can Expect to See at Bafflin during December

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 and Programs

mine_all_mine_chickadeeWildlife Artist David C. Stumpo
Exhibit and Sale through January 22
Closing Reception, Sunday, January 22, 2-4pm

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. 

Nature Sketchbook Journaling
Sat., January 14, 1 pm to 4 pm

You’ll spend time outdoors sketching and painting from nature, using pencil, pen and watercolor.  Learn new skills or develop ones you already have. Roxanne Steed will show you how to simplify what you see and teach basic drawing and quick intuitive watercolor techniques. Enhance your creativity, observe nature, record the day and enjoy the meditative qualities of sketching outdoors.*  Cost per day: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

*Materials you’ll need to bring:

– Pencil, eraser 
– Permanent, waterproof, blackdrawing pen
– Watercolors (a travel size or kid’s set)
– Watercolor Brush
– Watercolor Sketchbook/journal (Regular paper will buckle) 
– Water bottle
– Small plastic container for rinsing 
– Camp chair or stool to sit on outside

Waterbirds in LovePhotography by Carol Lowbeer
Slideshow & Opening Reception, Sunday, February 5, 2-4 p.m. (snow date Feb. 12)
Exhibit thru end of February

Rarely seen courtship photos of over 50 species of waterbirds from 5 continents, including many endangered species. The birds perform spirited displays and courtship dances to impress each other while they pair up for their annual rituals. Free to the public.

Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Program

Tuesdays, March 28 through May 30, 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. Check our website for additional information and an application at www.ctaudubon.org/center-at-pomfret

Download the Master Naturalist Outline

Download the Application

Regular Walks

Wednesday Noon Walks
Now through February 22, Noon 

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.

Thursday Morning Walks
Now through February 23, 8:30 am

Walk with us on Thursdays, Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.

Family and Children’s Programming

After School Nature Club
Pomfret Winter Session–Grades K-6
Thursdays, Jan 19 & 26, Feb 2, 9, 16 & 23 from 3:30–5 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 to explore and search for animal tracks and sign.  The afternoons will be filled with fresh air, exercise and fun.  Wildlife lessons will be quietly inserted along the way.  We will go outside, so warm winter clothing and boots are a must. Cost: $60 for the 6-day session. Download Permission Form.

 

It’s Back!  Toddler Trails and Tales
Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m., beginning January 10 thru end of February

Center volunteer and mom of three, Melissa Telford will entertain your toddlers with stories, activities and winter fun along our trails. Wear clothes and boots appropriate for the cold weather. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost per child per day: $5 CAS members; $7 non-members. Cost for entire series: $35 CAS members; $45 non-members.

Bird Walks and Programs

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Baltimore Oriole. Photo by P. Vertefeuille

 Owl walk
Friday, December 30, 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 11, 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.

Monthly Bird Walks
Wednesday, December 28, 1 p.m.
Thursday, January 19, 1 p.m.
Thursday, February 16, 1 p.m.

Come out in search of wintering bird species. Andy Rzez will look for horned larks, ducks, hawks, sparrows, yellow-bellied sapsuckers and more.  Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members.

 

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

Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program

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Winter Wildlife Tracking Workshop
Saturday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

What’s in your backyard? Tracking activities, presentations, and mounted animal exhibit followed by an afternoon tracking hike on the sanctuary.  Dress for the weather, bring water, lunch and snack. For more information, contact Paula Coughlin, Coordinator at paulacoughlin@charter.net. Fee: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members.

Additional Winter Tracking Hikes:
Sat. January 14 – Woodstock training/monitoring hike
Sat. January 21 – Wildlife Tracking Workshop
Sat. February 4 – Training hike;  location TBA
Sat. Feb 18 – Training hike; location TBA
Sat. March 4 – Woodstock training/monitoring hike

Willington/Canterbury to be added.

All hikes are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and subject to change due to weather. Full training is six hikes; participants select hikes that suit their schedule throughout the year. Registration is required. Training fee per hike: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members.

For more information, contact Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator at 860-928-4948 or paulacoughlin@charter.net

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.

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  
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.

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.

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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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