Wednesday Noon Walks
Now through February 27
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
Dec. 5 to Feb. 26, 8:30 a.m.
Third Sunday Walks
Dec. 15, 2 p.m.
Jan. 19, 2 p.m.
Feb. 16, 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.
Holiday Bird Walk
Fri., Dec. 27, 1 p.m.
Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he finds various winter bird residents. Maybe winter finches, a roosting saw-whet owl, horned larks, ducks and raptors. Note the early afternoon time, the birds are more active when it is cold in the afternoon. Cost: $5 members/ $10 non members.
Holiday Owl Walk
Sat., Dec. 28, 5 p.m.
Late December is a great time to join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he calls in various owl species. We should hear mating Great-horned owls. We will attempt to locate barred, eastern screech, great horned, and maybe long-eared owls. Call to register. Cancelled due to bad weather (rain, snow, or ice). Cost: $5 members; $10 nonmembers.
January Bird Walk
Thurs., Jan. 16, 1 p.m.
We will be in search of our various winter bird residents – winter finches, roosting saw-whet owl, horned larks, ducks and raptors. Note the early afternoon time, birds are more active in the cold of the afternoon. Cost: $5 members; $10 nonmembers.
January Owl Walk
Sat., Jan. 18, 5 p.m.
Join Sanctuary Manager, Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he calls in various owl species. Attempts will be made to locate barred, eastern screech, great horned, and maybe long-eared owls. Call to register. Program will cancel due to bad weather (rain, snow, or ice). Cost: $5 members; $10 nonmembers.
February Owl Walk
Fri. Feb. 21, 6 p.m.
We will call the owls in from the road and carpool to numerous sites in an attempt to locate owls. Barred, eastern screech, great horned, and maybe long-eared owls are what one would expect to hear and see at this time of year. Call to register. Cancelled due to bad weather (rain, snow, or ice). Cost: $5 members; $10 nonmembers.
February Bird Walk
Tues., Feb. 18, 1 p.m.
Our sanctuary manager, Andy Rzeznikiewicz will lead a walk to find various winter bird residents. Maybe winter finches, a roosting saw-whet owl, horned larks, ducks and raptors. Note the early afternoon time, the birds are more active when it is cold in the afternoon. Cost: $5 members; $10 non members.
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. Here is a sampling: Fall Follies (Grade 1), The Dirt on Soils (Grade 2), Birding 101 (Grade 3), Watershed Study, Weather and Climate Change, & Adaptations (Grades 4&6), Nature Journaling & Photography at Trail Wood (Grades 7 & 8). For other titles, pricing and scheduling contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter After School Nature Club
3:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Grades K-2: Thurs. Jan 9, 16, 23, & 30
Grades 3-5: Thurs. Jan 9, 16, 23 & 30
Grades K-2: Thurs. Feb 6, 13, 20, 27
Grades 3-5: Thurs. Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27
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.
January 8 – February 26
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: members $5, nonmembers $7 per child per day. Cost for fall session: members $40, nonmembers $60.
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
Citizen Science Volunteer Appreciation Night
Wed., Dec. 4, 7 p.m.
Come celebrate our volunteer conservation efforts, share stories and enjoy a special program with Alexia Bell of the Turtle Rescue League. Learn about the organization, the turtles that need protecting, and, perhaps, meet a couple of her turtle friends. Please RSVP (860) 928-4948.
Mammal Monitoring Program 2013
Introductory Mammal Monitoring hike (Pomfret) – Sat., Dec. 7, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike fee: $30 members;$35 non-members
Trained Citizen Science volunteers monitor study sites in Willington, Canterbury, and Woodstock, quarterly, where we document the presence of mammals, small and large. This year, a new team of volunteers began monitoring a site along the Quinebaug River in Canterbury where we have found tracks and sign of bobcat, fisher, coyotes, and red and gray fox.
Winter Training Hike Schedule
Sat., Jan. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Woodstock Monitoring/Training Hike
Sat., Jan. 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Bafflin Sanctuary, Training Hike
Sat., Feb. 1, Training Hike, location TBA
Sat., Feb. 15, Training Hike, location TBA
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.
Eastern Coyote in New England
Friday, Jan., 24, 7 p.m.
Chris Schadler, wild canid ecologist from NH, will speak. She earned her Masters degree in Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England and studied wolf recovery in the Great Lake States. She speaks not only from the perspective of an ecologist but also as a former sheep farmer who, for 22 years, coexisted with the local gang of coyotes in New Hampshire. Her current research studies coyote and cattle interactions in Coos County NH. She is working on a book on the eastern coyote. Cost: $5 members; $10 nonmembers
Skulls, Skins, and Scat!
A Wildlife Workshop
Sat., Jan. 25, 2-4 p.m.
Sun., Jan 25, 2-4 p.m. (snow date)
Bobcats, coyotes, and bears – Oh, My! You won’t want to miss this wildlife collection of preserved mounts and pelts, skulls, and sign of wildlife found in northeast Connecticut. Learn about their tracks and sign, and our Citizen Science Wildlife Monitoring Program. Bring your friends and family. A great program for scouts. Fee: $10 CAS members; $15 non-members.
You can begin or continue training to become a Citizen Science wildlife monitor by attending training hikes that suit your schedule throughout the seasons. Registration required. For information call Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator, 860-928-4948; email@example.com . Photos by Paula Coughlin.
For additional programming in our area consider Trail Wood, our Edwin Way Teale Sanctuary in Hampton.
Monthly Art Exhibits and Programs
Flights of Fancy, Watercolors by David Stumpo
Exhibit & Sale through Jan. 1
Sterling resident and extraordinary painter David Stumpo returns with his crisp renderings of the avian world. David’s paintings are not to be missed by anyone who appreciates birds and fine watercolors. Exhibit is free to the public and a portion of sales benefit the Center.
Focus on Nature
Photography Exhibit & Sale
Exhibit and Sale through Jan. 1
Sponsored by the Quinebaug Valley Photography Club, our second annual contest and exhibit is open to all amateur photographers. There will be three divisions this year: Children 12 and under; Young Adult ages 13 – 18; and Adult Division.
New Works of Nature
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators’ New England Chapter
Exhibit and Sale Oct 1 – Jan 1
Members of the Chapter are amateur and professional illustrators. Their goal is to depict a subject accurately and realistically but also in such a way that teaches and engages the viewer. Depicting native bird, plant, and animal species native to New England, the purpose of the art may be as an instructional visual to support a scientific paper or publication or for a general audience. Scientific illustrations are needed in zoos, nature centers, science
museums, text books and field guides as well as animated video. The illustration may also be as fine art: a beautiful depiction of a local bird or plant. Scientific illustration may describe a process in nature, such as photosynthesis or the formation of a tornado. Medical illustration is an important aspect of the field that can describe the human body and its biology beyond photography. A portion of any sales benefit the Center. Cost: Free to the public
Landscape Paintings en Plein Air
By Muriel Miller
Opening Reception: Sun., Jan. 5, 2-4:00 pm
Exhibit & Sale: Jan. 5 – 30
A resident of Hampton, Muriel’s paintings are plein air (directly on site), reflecting her emotional and artistic response to a scene stimulating her imagination. Rather than rendering photographic images of the scene she captures her feelings, light and colors that she see in that ever changing moment to capture a sense of place. While some of her images are from the area, many were done while teaching students in Art Location Studies Abroad in England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Australia. She has taught for art for 18 years at ECSU, CCSU and Paier College of Art. Murielmillerart@aol.com
COMING THIS MARCH
Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Program
Tuesdays, Mar 18 to May 20, 8a.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.
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