The Coastal Center at Milford Point

Help Wanted: Seasonal Teacher Naturalists

March 2015 – Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center at Glastonbury and Milford Point Coastal Center have an immediate need for talented, enthusiastic and energetic individuals for our Seasonal Teacher‐Naturalist positions. Training in March, work starts in April. Learn more….

Register today for summer camp!

Brochure insect nettingConnecticut Audubon Society summer day camps offer enriching experiences, hands-on learning, exciting adventures, outdoor exploration – and memories that last a lifetime.

For complete details, download the program brochure.

Register here; ages 3-15.

Download Milford Point’s camp program brochure.

Additional forms
Milford Point Mail-in Registration Form
Milford Point Registration Instructions
Milford Point Medical Form
Milford Point Authorization to Adminster Medication
Milford Point Drop off/Pick up Form
Milford Point Non-prescription Medication Form

Return of the Osprey Fundraiser

512px-OspreyNASAFriday, April 10 @ 6:30 pm

In celebration of the Ospreys’ long-awaited return, the Coastal Center is having its annual Return of the Osprey Party on Friday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Center.

It’s a chance to meet old friends and make new ones; there is live music, fine wine, hors d’ oeuvres, wonderful silent auction and raffle items, and as always, great company.

We hope you can join us!

Tickets are $40/person, $75/couple. Call Louise to register at 203-878-7440 x502.

Whether or not you can make it, be sure to watch the Ospreys on our Osprey Cam

SOLO Wilderness First Aid

Saturday & Sunday, April 18 & 19, 2015 

9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. each day

SOLO’s 16-hour comprehensive introductory Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is a must for outdoor enthusiasts. Using mock rescue scenarios, skilled instructors provide participants hands-on experience with first aid and long-term patient care in the back-country. WFA is recognized by the American Camping Association, U.S. Coast Guard, and various guide and CT Summer Camp licensing boards as meeting their first aid requirement, and is accepted as a re-certification course for WFR (80-hour Wilderness First Responder). Adult CPR possible, for an additional cost. 

The SOLO WFA Courses will be held at:

Coastal Center at Milford Point
1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT

To register, call Louise Crocco at 203-878-7440 x 502

Cost: $195 includes lunch & snacks ($100 non-refundable). There is an additional fee for CPR training; please inquire if interested. Payment in full is due upon registration; please register early to ensure a spot in the class!

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

Return of the Osprey Fundraiser

512px-OspreyNASAFriday, April 10 @ 6:30 pm

In celebration of the Ospreys’ long-awaited return, the Coastal Center is having its annual Return of the Osprey Party on Friday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Center.

It’s a chance to meet old friends and make new ones; there is live music, fine wine, hors d’ oeuvres, wonderful silent auction and raffle items, and as always, great company.

We hope you can join us!

Tickets are $40/person, $75/couple. Call Louise to register at 203-878-7440 x502.

Whether or not you can make it, be sure to watch the Ospreys on our Osprey Cam

SOLO Wilderness First Aid

Saturday & Sunday, April 18 & 19, 2015 

9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. each day

SOLO’s 16-hour comprehensive introductory Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is a must for outdoor enthusiasts. Using mock rescue scenarios, skilled instructors provide participants hands-on experience with first aid and long-term patient care in the back-country. WFA is recognized by the American Camping Association, U.S. Coast Guard, and various guide and CT Summer Camp licensing boards as meeting their first aid requirement, and is accepted as a re-certification course for WFR (80-hour Wilderness First Responder). Adult CPR possible, for an additional cost. 

The SOLO WFA Courses will be held at:

Coastal Center at Milford Point
1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT

To register, call Louise Crocco at 203-878-7440 x 502

Cost: $195 includes lunch & snacks ($100 non-refundable). There is an additional fee for CPR training; please inquire if interested. Payment in full is due upon registration; please register early to ensure a spot in the class!

News and Announcements

Spring Birding Programs

Sorting Out Bird Songs
Thursday’s, April 23 & June 11
7 – 9 p.m.

Discover the basics of birding by ear!  Using a variety of sound resources, instructor Frank Gallo will teach you tips, tricks, and even pitfalls to identifying birds by sound.  Is that an oriole or a tanager singing? Come find out, as we delve into the secrets to birding by ear. Fee: $35/person. ($29 CAS members; $20 Seniors)

 

Spring Owl Prowl
Wednesday, April 29
7:30 – 9:15 p.m.

When the sun retreats, owls awaken to go in search of prey. Some say that owls are wise; others say that they have sparked legends of ghosts. Whatever the truth, we’ll uncover the mysteries of these amazing nocturnal hunters, while learning about the species that co-exist in our area. The evening culminates at a local park where we’ll carpool and try to call one in. It’s a hoot! Meet at the Coastal Center. Not recommended for young children.

Fee: $25/person. ($15 Seniors, $7 children (ages 10 and up))

 

Hidden Gems Series: Bird Walks in Milford Area Parks
7:45 – 8:45 a.m.

Saturday, April 4:  Milford Point – waterfowl and early migrants
Saturday, April 11:  Silver Sands – waterfowl and early migrants
Saturday, April 18:  Milford Point – waterfowl and shorebirds  
Saturday, April 25:  Mondo Pond – Early migrants
Saturday, May 2: Mondo Pond – More early migrants
Saturday, May 9:  Wilcox Park – Let the fun begin! – warblers, vireos and much more
Saturday, May 16:  See Hidden Gems Field Trips
Saturday, May 30:  See Hidden Gems Field Trips
Sunday, June 7:  Milford Point – Rare shorebirds, terns and gulls
Saturday, June 13:  See Hidden Gems Field Trips

Milford is blessed with many wonderful parks. Our expert birder Frank Gallo will guide you through the best sites to explore in spring, from hidden gems, such as Wilcox Park, to more well-known sites, such as Milford Point. Each park provides a different array of species to enjoy. 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: 10-week series $81 ($64 CAS members; $50 seniors); weekly, $9 per walk ($7 CAS members; $5 seniors)

 

Hidden Gems Field Trip Series: Extended Walks Farther Afield.

Ewen Farm Preserve, Orange
May 16
7:45-9:45 a.m.

The Orange Conservation Commission and Connecticut Audubon Society are cosponsoring an early morning ramble with Naturalist, Frank Gallo, around the lovely new Ewen Farm Preserve in Orange. Once a working farm, this 44-acre park now preserves lovely stream-side pastures and woodlands, and has the potential to attract some interesting migrant land birds. Our efforts will help generate a park bird list. Come lend a hand and explore with us. Recommended for adults. To register, call Louise at Connecticut Audubon: 203-878-7440. Fee: $20 ($15 CAS members; $10 seniors)

Roosevelt Forest, Stratford
May 30
7:45-9:45 a.m.

Roosevelt Forest is a 401-acre park with a wide variety of habitats, including a pond, wooded swamps, and lowland and upland forests. We’ll explore this wildlife-rich location on a leisurely 1-2 mile walk in search of migrants and local nesting birds. Bring water and a snack. Meet at the main parking lot at the end of Peter’s Lane. Directions available upon request. To register, call Louise at 203-878-7440. Fee: $20 ($15 CAS members; $10 seniors)

Turkey Hill Preserve, Orange
June 13
7:45-9:45 a.m.

The Orange Conservation Commission and Connecticut Audubon Society are cosponsoring a guided walk with Naturalist, Frank Gallo, to explore the lovely 376-acre Turkey Hill Preserve. Turkey Hill offers an incredible variety of habitats and has good potential as an exciting birding destination. Our efforts will help generate a park bird list. Come lend a hand and explore with us. Recommended for adults. To register, call Louise at Connecticut Audubon: 203-878-7440. Fee: $20 ($15 CAS members; $10 seniors)

 

How to Learn Birds!
Wednesdays, May 27 & June 3 (2 Nights In-classroom)
7 – 9 p.m.
Sunday, June 6 (Field Trip)
9 a.m. – noon

Discover bird watching with naturalist Frank Gallo. Frank leads bird tours worldwide, is a member of Connecticut’s Avian Rare Records Committee, and a past president of the New Haven Bird Club. His enthusiastic hands-on style quickly teaches you how to identify birds using field guides and observational skills. This in-depth course culminates with a field trip to find birds at a local birding hot spot. Bring the Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds. (Field guides also for sale in class.)  Meet at the Center. Fee: $75/person. $60 Seniors.

 

 

 

Lecturer Enlightens Audience about the Hidden Lives of Snowy Owls

View from the Milford City Hall balcony during The Hidden Lives of the Snowy Owl. Connecticut Audubon Society photo.

View from the Milford City Hall balcony during The Hidden Lives of the Snowy Owl.

Before last winter, the common wisdom was that the Snowy Owls that occasionally left their Arctic breeding grounds to winter further south did so because they were desperate for food and arrived in our area exhausted and starving.

But according to Don Crockett, who develops the interactive Snowy Owl maps for Project SNOWStorm, that common wisdom might not be true.

Read more >>

From Dragon Doodle to Panorama: How a Trumbull Student Painted Our New Mural

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Laura Bollert and the Coastal Center’s new mural. Connecticut Audubon Society photo by Kaylee Weil.

Laura Bollert had never even seen the Milford Point Coastal Center before her first day as a volunteer camp counselor in 2012.

She was a rising high school senior, and it seemed a good way to earn community service credits for graduation.

As that first day ended, other counselors were saying goodbye to campers they had just met or texting late afternoon plans to their parents. Laura was agreeing to paint a panoramic mural of Milford Point’s tidal marsh.
Read more about the new mural >>

Check out the New Haven Register feature on the mural! 
Click here to read on >>

2014 Big Sit! Recap

Big Sit! 2014

The Surf Scopers

On Sunday, October 12, 2014, Frank Gallo and the Surf Scopers had an absolutely amazing day for the Big Sit! 

The grand total for the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Surf Scopers was an astonishing 117 species! This eclipses their previous high of 107 set in 2010, and bests their 20-year average of 78 species by almost 30. Click below to read the full report of how the team accomplished this incredible feat. 

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Connecticut Audubon Raven Luna-Ticks & the Big Days: A History

Fog and rain made the heron colony on Charles Island invisible from the boardwalk at Silver Sands State Park, Milford during the 2012 Big Day.

Over the past several years, the Connecticut Audubon Raven Luna-ticks have been participating in (and excelling at) the Connecticut Big Day. Frank Gallo and the Surf Scopers, a dedicated team of expert birders, travel across the state to seek out birds near and far, high and low, and use the event to raise money for the Coastal Center at Milford Point and our education programs. 

To read first-hand records of the previous years’ Big Days, click here.

 

The 2014 Big Day is over but it’s not too late to make a pledge to support the Coastal Center at Milford Point. You can find a link to a pledge form on this page.

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

From I-95: Take Exit 34. Turn right at the traffic light where the ramp meets Route 1. Go ½ mile to the third light at Naugatuck Avenue. Turn left onto Naugatuck Avenue and go 0.8 miles to the second light at Milford Point Road. Turn right and follow Milford Point Road ½ mile to the stop sign at Seaview Avenue. Turn right and go 0.35 miles. When the road forks, take the right fork into the parking area.

From Merritt Parkway: Take Exit 54, the connector to I-95, and follow the above directions.

From I-84 westbound: Take I-91 south to I-95, and follow the above directions.

From I-84 eastbound: Take Route 8 south to I-95 northbound, and follow the above directions.

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Address

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

Center Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Noon-4:00 p.m.
(Closed Monday)

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

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