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“Connecticut Audubon Society is a unique natural resource right in our backyard that allows people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the amazing environment in which we live. Our Foundation is focused on supporting disadvantaged children, and Connecticut Audubon and its incredible staff provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Bridgeport elementary school students to experience the wonders of nature.” – Amanda Flanagan, Chairperson, The John Patrick Flanagan Foundation

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Center at Pomfret

Grassland Bird Conservation

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The Center at Twilight. Photo by Fran Baranski.

  

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and its green features.

Holiday Nature Store
Open Now – December 23

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Playful Celebration of a Bountiful Terrain

imagePhotography by Virge Lorents
Exhibit and Sale through January 30

Explore Lorents’ nature mandalas, Motion series, and Garden series at the center. Scroll to the bottom to learn more about the artist, her process, and her techniques. 

 

Birds of Bafflin for the Week of December 8

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Brown Creeper, American Tree Sparrow, Robin, Pileated Woodpecker, Mockingbird, Song Sparrow, Mallard, Red-tailed Hawk, Pine Siskin, House Finch, Purple Finch

 

 Download a list of birds you can expect to see in December at Bafflin Sanctuary. 

Sanctuary Walks and Programs

Regular Walks

Wednesday Noon Walks
Now through February 25, 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
Dec. 4 through Feb. 26, 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.

 

Bird Walks

Holiday Owl Walk
Sat., Dec. 27, 7 p.m.

Join sanctuary manager, Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he takes you in search of wintering owls.  We will attempt to find screech, barred, and great-horned owls. Saw-whet and long-eared owls have been spotted in previous years as well.  Most of the calling will be from the road.  Program will cancel in the event of bad weather (rain, snow, high winds).  Cost: $5 members/$10 non-members.

Monthly Bird Walks
Thurs., Dec. 18, 1 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 22, 1 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 26, 1 p.m.

Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz in search for wintering bird species.  We will look for horned larks, ducks, hawks, sparrows, yellow-bellied sapsuckers and more.  Cost:  $5 members/ $10 non-members.

Plainfield Hatchery Bird Walk
Members Only: (don’t miss out become a member today!)
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 10 a.m.

Winter Owl Walks
Sat., Jan. 24, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 21, 7 p.m.

Join sanctuary manager, Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he takes you in search of wintering owls.  We will attempt to find screech, barred, and great-horned owls. Saw-whet and long-eared owls have been spotted in previous years as well.  Most of the calling will be from the road.  Program will cancel in the event of bad weather (rain, snow, high winds).  Cost: $5 members/$10 non-members.

Owl Walk
Saturday, December 27, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 24, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 21, 7:00 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 Walk
Thursday, December 18, 1 p.m.
Thursday, January 22, 1 p.m.
Thursday, February 26, 1 p.m.

Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz in search for wintering bird species.  We will look for horned larks, ducks, hawks, sparrows, yellow-bellied sapsuckers and more.  Cost:  $5 members/ $10 non-members.

 

Children’s Programming

Toddler Trails & Tales
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
January 7 through February 25

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 Club
January Session – Grades K-6
Thursdays Jan 8, 15, 22, & 29
February Session – Grades K-6
Thursdays, Feb., 5, 12, 19, & 26

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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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

 

 

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

 

Wildlife 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.

 

Winter Tracking Hikes
Sat., Jan. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
Woodstock monitoring/ training hike

Sat., Feb. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Sat., Feb. 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Woodstock monitoring/training hike

All hikes subject to change due to weather. Full training is six hikes; participants select hikes that suit their schedule. Registration is required. Training fee per hike: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members. 

Wildlife Tracking Workshop  
Sat., Jan. 24, 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. Fee: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members. For more information, contact Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator at paulacoughlin@charter.net

 

Monthly Art Exhibits and Programs

Playful Celebration of a Bountiful Terrainimage
Photography by Virge Lorents
Exhibit and Sale through January 30

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. 

 

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

 

Annual Programs

Holiday Nature Store – Shop Locally!
Store open through Tuesday, Dec. 23, Mon-Fri, 9-4; Sat, 10-4; Sun 12-4

The Center will be full of all kinds of gifts for all ages with Mother Nature in mind.  We will have bird feeders, bird houses, suet, gardening gifts, nature books, children’s books and games, puzzles, field guides, freshly cut Christmas trees, holiday decorations, freshly made evergreen swags, works by local artists, nature jewelry, LOTS of unique gift baskets and much more.  Stock changes daily.

 


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. The 2014 application deadline has passed; consider applying for the the March 2015 session.

Download the Master Naturalist Training Outline

Click here to download Master Naturalist Application

 

Summer Camp 2015

100_3207 Download the 2014 Required Camp Forms!

Keep an eye out for the 2015 summer camp brochure coming January 2015!

 

 

 

 

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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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