The Coastal Center at Milford Point

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Fall Fly Over

Join us at the Coastal Center Saturday, October 15, from 4 – 7 p.m.  

For a sunset celebration of a successful year of conservation and education.flock

$35 per person $50 per couple

Live Music ~ Milford Concert Band
Wine and Beer
Hors d’oeuvres
Raffle / Silent Auction Items

Please RSVP by calling 203-878-7440 or click here to purchase your ticket.

Proceeds from the event will help support our environmental education programs 
and the Coastal Center operations

Big Sit! 2016

big_day_team_2014Sunday, October 9

Our Connecticut Audubon Society’s Surf Scopers will once again compete in the Big Sit! This international event, were teams count birds from within a 17 foot circle for up to 24 hours, helps to raise money for conservation and education, and is a fundraiser for the Coastal Center. Our team hopes to raise $5000. If you’d like to support the team, please contact Louise at 203-878-7440 x 502 for registration form. Past supporters will automatically receive forms in the mail.

 

 

Guided Canoe Tours 2016

Family Canoe Programs
Through the Charles E. Wheeler Salt Marsh

Canoe Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, October 2, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  (fall foliage tour)*

Spend a lovely day with us on a relaxing guided canoe tour of the Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh. Get away from the noise and bustle of everyday life to a place for quiet contemplation. Steeped in local history, the Marsh also offers an abundance of birds and other wildlife, beautiful vistas and a chance to paddle and unwind. Trip routes are subject to change due to weather. Wind may cause trips to be canceled, even on sunny days; please call 1-1.5 hours in advance for trip status. Advance registration required. Sign-up early for these popular tours!

Bring water, a snack, and wear shoes that can get wet.  (* Bring a lunch on these days.) 

Contact Louise at the Coastal Center at 203-878-7440 for more information about these wonderful tours.

Fee: Using Coastal Center Canoes
CAS Members $28/person, $69/canoe (3 people)
Non-members $35/person, $95/canoe (3 people)

Fee: Using Private Canoe/Kayak
$20 CAS Members, $30 Non-members

 

 

Osprey Cam

Live from the Coastal Center at Milford Point … the first baby hatched shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, June 7. Unfortunately the two other eggs did not hatch (unhatched eggs are not uncommon), so the Milford Point Ospreys have one nestling to raise this year. The good news is that with only one mouth to feed, the young bird is growing fast.

 

If you’re a fan of our Osprey Cam, consider joining Connecticut Audubon Society; if you are already a member, please make a donation to help us continue to provide this high-quality live video.

Ospreys have been using the nesting platform at the Coastal Center since 1997. Its location, in the middle of the 840-acre Charles E. Wheeler Salt Marsh, allows the Ospreys to easily feed and care for young. The Coastal Center has re-opened following repairs to damage caused when a pipe burst in February; it offers visitors fantastic views of the raptors from the large viewing windows or the observation tower or platforms.

Let us know what you see and think, in the comments below (we approve each comment before it is published so it may take a while before you see it appear).

We thank our Osprey Cam sponsor!
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You may also be interested in learning more about our Osprey Nation citizen science program. Enjoy!

General Information

Coastal Center at Milford Point

Coastal Center at Milford Point

Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center at Milford Point is located on an 8.4-acre barrier beach and is situated next to the 840-acre Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh and Wildlife Management Area at the mouth of the Housatonic River.  The Coastal Center promotes the awareness of Long Island Sound’s ecosystem, the birds and habitats it supports, and its preservation needs; and provides access to Long Island Sound and its many habitats: tidal salt marshes, barrier beaches, tide pools, and coastal dunes.  The Coastal Center is a bird-watcher’s paradise – 315 species have been seen here, including many rarities. The Coastal Center offers a full range of educational programs and many events for families, children, and adults.  The Coastal Center provides educational exhibits, a tide pool demonstration tank, a salt-marsh laboratory, and program and meeting rooms. The Coastal Center’s grounds contain the 8-acre Smith-Hubbell Wildlife Refuge and Bird Sanctuary, a boardwalk and observation platform with interpretive signage, and a 70-foot covered observation tower for panoramic vistas.  Viewers from around the world watch the Center’s seasonal Osprey Cam, operated from our 18-foot tall nesting platform.

 

Join our Volunteer Team!

At the Connecticut Audubon Society, we believe that every person can make a positive difference in protecting and preserving our environment. By volunteering at our Coastal Center at Milford Point, you can help promote understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of our natural world. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available for people of all interests and experience levels, including working at the front desk as a receptionist, in the exhibit room as a docent, or outdoors on the nature sanctuary in various capacities.

If you are interested in becoming a Coastal Center Volunteer, click here to download a printable application form. Please email the form to Louise Crocco, Office Manager, at lcrocco@ctaudubon.org, or come on in to the Coastal Center and deliver it in person! We’re located at 1 Milford Point Road in Milford, CT. We look forward to seeing you soon. 

 

Education Programs

Science in Nature

Connecticut Audubon Society’s Science in Nature programs consist of hands-on, inquiry-based activities that relate to earth and life sciences, ecology, conservation and citizenship. Each program is aligned with the state’s science, math and literacy standards. These programs are an invaluable resource for building student and teacher learning capacity by providing opportunities to enhance critical thinking skills, using and designing models, and developing evidence-based explanations of natural phenomena. Click here for the full curriculum palette, brochures, and program design. 

School Programs (for children ages 3 and above).

Our professional naturalists and educators offer a wide range of programs that can be delivered at our Center, or in your classroom or schoolyard.  

Click here for program descriptions and a copy of our school program flier. To schedule a program or for more information, call use at 203-878-7440, ext. 502.

Preschool Programs

The Coastal Center also offers programs tailored for preschools. Click here for a pre-K program flier.

After School Programs

The Coastal Center currently presents after school program series in nearly all the elementary schools in Milford, and in other area towns.  For more information about our hands-on dynamic programs,  click here for copy of our after school program flier.

Birthday Parties

Look no further! CAS’s Coastal Center at Milford Point is the perfect place to hold your child’s next birthday party! Our staff has designed a wide range of “theme” parties to provide your child and their friends with a memorable and fun hands-on learning experience. Call 203-878-7440  for details or click here for our birthday party brochure.

Brownie, Girl Scout, Cub Scout & Boy Scout Programs

Our updated scouting programs are 60-90 minutes long and are designed to help scouts earn their badges and learn about the environment. 

Click here for our new Girl Scout & Brownie Programs brochure, or click here for our new Boy Scout & Cub Scout Programs brochure. Call 203-878-7440 for more information or to book a program for your scout today! 

Events at the Coastal Center at Milford Point

News and Announcements

Hidden Gems Series: Bird Walks in Milford & Stratford Parks

Sunday, October 2: Silver Sands State Park, Milford – Warblers and other migrants
Saturday, October 8: Wilcox Park, Milford – Migrants
Saturday, October 22:
Boothe Park, Stratford – Hawks and other migrants
Saturday, November 12:  Eisenhower Park (Community Gardens) – Sparrows
Eastern Bluebird2 by Twan LeendersSaturday, November 19:  Milford Point – Thanksgiving Duck Run

 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Milford and Stratford are blessed with many wonderful parks. Expert birder Frank Gallo, Director of Connecticut Audubon’s Coastal Center (CAS), has handpicked the best sites to explore in autumn, from hidden gems, such as Booth Park, to more well-known sites, such as Silver Sands State Park. Frank will guide walkers to a variety of species of seasonal birds at each location. No experience necessary. Binoculars are available upon request. Preregistration recommended. Contact Louise at 203-878-7440 x 502 to register and to request binoculars. Meet at each park; directions will be provided.

Fee: weekly $9 per walk ($5 seniors, $7 CAS members)

 

Big Sit! 2016

big_day_team_2014Sunday, October 9

Our Connecticut Audubon Society’s Surf Scopers will once again compete in the Big Sit! This international event, were teams count birds from within a 17 foot circle for up to 24 hours, helps to raise money for conservation and education, and is a fundraiser for the Coastal Center. Our team hopes to raise $5000. If you’d like to support the team, please contact Louise at 203-878-7440 x 502 for registration form. Past supporters will automatically receive forms in the mail.

 

 

Fall Migration Field Birding Series:

Saturday, October 15 – Trout Brook Valley – Sparrows and other migrants
Saturday, October 29 – Ecology Park, Branford – Hawks and other migrants
Saturday, November 5 – East Shore Park – Late warblers and sparrows.

8:30-10:30

Explore some of the best birding sites in Connecticut with expert birder, Frank Gallo. Each site has its own unique character. Come join the fun. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water, and be prepared for a leisurely walk. Meet at the site. Directions to each site will be provided upon registration.

$20/person (CAS member $15); Seniors $10

 

 

Autumn Owl Prowl

Friday, October 21, 7:15– 9:15 p.m.

When the sun retreats, owls awaken to go in search of prey. Some say that owls are wise, others that they sparked legends of ghosts. Whatever the truth, autumn is a fine time to uncover the mysteries of these amazing nocturnal hunters. We’ll learn about a few of the species that co-exist in our area, and then carpool to a local park to try to call one in. It’s a hoot! To register, call Louise Crocco at 203-878-7440 x 502.

Fee: $25/person. (CAS members $20)

 

Basic Hawk Identification

Saturday, October 22

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Learn the basics of hawk identification in the field, at the peak of hawk migration, with expert birder Frank Gallo. We’ll spend three hours at Stratford’s Boothe Park’s hawk station sorting through the different groups of hawks, from accipiters to eagles. Frank will address the finer points of distinguishing similar species such as, sharp-shinned from Cooper’s Hawks, Kestrel’s from Merlin’s, and Red-shouldered from Red-tailed Hawks. Please meet at the Boothe Park parking lot, 5800 Main St, Stratford. To register, call Louise Crocco at 203-878-7440 x 502

 Fee: $20 (CAS members $15); Seniors $10

 

Guided Canoe Tours 2016

Family Canoe Programs
Through the Charles E. Wheeler Salt Marsh

Canoe Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, October 2, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  (fall foliage tour)*

Spend a lovely day with us on a relaxing guided canoe tour of the Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh. Get away from the noise and bustle of everyday life to a place for quiet contemplation. Steeped in local history, the Marsh also offers an abundance of birds and other wildlife, beautiful vistas and a chance to paddle and unwind. Trip routes are subject to change due to weather. Wind may cause trips to be canceled, even on sunny days; please call 1-1.5 hours in advance for trip status. Advance registration required. Sign-up early for these popular tours!

Bring water, a snack, and wear shoes that can get wet.  (* Bring a lunch on these days.) 

Contact Louise at the Coastal Center at 203-878-7440 for more information about these wonderful tours.

Fee: Using Coastal Center Canoes
CAS Members $28/person, $69/canoe (3 people)
Non-members $35/person, $95/canoe (3 people)

Fee: Using Private Canoe/Kayak
$20 CAS Members, $30 Non-members

 

 

New Director of the Coastal Center at Milford Point

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Cathy Hagadorn, the new director of the Coastal Center at Milford Point. Photo copyright Connecticut Audubon Society.

The Connecticut Audubon Society is pleased to welcome Cathy Hagadorn as the new director of the Coastal Center at Milford Point. A longtime education manager at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk and an expert in the ecology of Long Island Sound, Cathy will oversee all of the programs, events and activities at the Coastal Center, which sits prominently on the east side at the mouth of the Housatonic River.  Well-known among birders, anglers, summer campers and school teachers, the Coastal Center is among the busiest of the Connecticut Audubon Society’s centers.

“We are thrilled to have Cathy join our staff,” said Alexander Brash, president of the Connecticut Audubon Society. “She brings a wonderful  combination of talent and experience – educator, naturalist, manager, communicator, and fundraiser – as we strengthen our programming, our regional board, and our presence in the community.”

Cathy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from St. Michael’s College in Vermont. Additionally she is a Master Wildlife Conservationist volunteer for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Among other projects, her volunteer work has included many hours at the Shepaug Dam Bald Eagle viewing area in Southbury.

At the Maritime Aquarium, where she was a staff member for more than 13 years, her responsibilities included the development and management of science education partnerships with schools from throughout the region. She collaborated on database development for the Long Island Sound Biodiversity Census Project, and managed the aquarium’s research and education vessel. Cathy was instrumental in developing a new business model for working with select schools throughout the year.

At the Coastal Center, she will be overseeing the implementation of our award-winning Science in Nature educational program, expanding on partnerships among the community, and reaching out to academic institutions in the region.

Born in New York, Cathy moved to Ridgefield, Connecticut, as a young girl. She is a Bethel resident of over 10 years.

 

Frank Gallo on “Bird Calls” radio show with Chris Bosak

Frank talks with Bird Call’s producer Chris Bosak about the 2011 Birding Big Day Fundraiser, getting children involved in birding, and our successful Return of the Osprey Party. Click the link below to listen to the show.

http://www.birdsofnewengland.com/id94.html
Or visit www.birdsofnewengland.com and click on “Bird Calls archives” from the home page.

Directions

Click here for directions to the Coastal Center at Milford Point.

Address

1 Milford Point Road
Milford, CT 06460
203-878-7440

Center Hours:

Monday-Saturday
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Noon-4:00 p.m.

Our adjoining 8-acre
Smith-Hubbell Wildlife Refuge and Bird Sanctuary is open daily, year-round, from dawn to dusk.

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