The Coastal Center at Milford Point

Return_of_Osprey-Invite2014-Final2a copyReturn of the Osprey Fundraiser

Saturday, April 12

In celebration of the Ospreys’ return, the Coastal Center is having its annual Return of the Osprey Party on Saturday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the Center.

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

We hope you can join us!

Tickets are $40/ person, $75/ couple. Call Louise to register at 203-878-7440 x 502 or download a registration form.

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

 

Tickets are still available for the event. Call Louise at 203-878-7440 x 502 after 3 pm on Saturday to reserve a space. Walk-ins are welcome. RSVPs are encouraged. Thank you, and see you there!

 

Note: The Coastal Center’s Parking lot will be closed from 4:30 p.m.,  Friday, April 11, through 10 p.m., Saturday, April 12 to accommodate parking for the Return of the Osprey Party Special Event 

 

Summer Camp!

Registration for Connecticut Audubon Society’s summer camps is underway!

This page has everything you need to register for camp at the Coastal Center at Milford Point.

  • To register online for camp at the Milford Point Coastal Center, click here.
  • To download the Milford Point Coastal Center brochure, click here.

For more information about summer camp at Milford Point, call 203 878-7440.

Our camps provide the ideal outdoor settings for children to explore, investigate, and discover science and nature.

We offer eight weeks of nature-inspired sessions for campers age 4 – 14 at the Center at Fairfield and Birdcraft Museum; age 3-15 at the Milford Point Coastal Center; age 6-12 at the Center at Pomfret; and age 4-10 at the Center at Glastonbury.

At Connecticut Audubon Society’s summer camps, kids have the kind of fun that can come only from exploring the woods and tide pools, visiting marshes and brooks, or meeting an owl or a turtle up close and personal.

Our camps offer natural science presented so it’s fun, fascinating and tactile. The teacher-naturalists and educators are well-trained, knowledgeable and expert in finding ways to instruct — and delight — anyone who wants to learn about the natural world.

Counselors and junior volunteers provide additional support. Staff trained in First Aid, CPR, and Epi-Pen are present throughout the duration of camp. Our high staff to camper ratio ensures all campers have a safe, fun, and educational camp experience.

 

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.

Education Programs


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.  Current programs include:

  • Amazing Mammals
  • Animals Getting Ready for Winter
  • Aquatic Animals
  • Feathered Friends
  • Feathers, Fur, and Scales
  • Let’s Go Buggy! (Amazing insects!)
  • Life Between the Tides (Tide pool exploration)
  • Migrating Monarchs (butterfly tagging possible in fall)
  • Native Americans of the Housatonic
  • Nails, Tails, and Scales (A close look at reptiles and Amphibians)
  • Night Creatures: Owls and Bats
  • Rocks & Minerals
  • Scenes from a Saltmarsh (saltmarsh ecology)
  • Schoolyard Nature Hike
  • Shifting Shells
  • Watersheds (three different programs are available):
    • Watersheds Around Us
    • Long Island Sound in a Jar
    • The Blue Travler
  • Click here for program descriptions and a copy of our school program flyer. To schedule a program or for more information, call use at 203-878-7440, ext. 502.Preschool Programs

Preschool Programs

The Coastal Center also offers programs tailored for preschools. Click here for a preschool program flyer.

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 flyer.

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. Our new scout programs include:

  • Rocks Rock
  • Science Sleuth
  • Water Wonders
  • Weather Watch
  • All About Plants
  • Cleanup Treasure Hunt
  • Secret Codes
  • Sharing Your World With Wildlife
  • Nature Detectives
  • Native American History (with a new wigwam built by a local BS Troop)

Call 203-878-7440 for more information or click here for our new Girl Scout & Brownie Programs brochure, or click here for our new Boy Scout & Cub Scout Programs brochure.

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.

Events at the Coastal Center at Milford Point

News and Announcements

Spring Birding Programs at Connecticut Audubon’s Coastal Center

Birding for Beginners

Session I: Thursday, April 24,  7–9 p.m. (classroom) or
Session II: Wednesday, May 7,  7–9 p.m. (classroom)

Field Trip Session I: Sat., May 3,  9-11:30 a.m. (field trip)
Field Trip Session II: Sat., May 10, 9-11:30 a.m.(field trip)

Learn the basics for identifying birds on your own! During this fun and comprehensive hands-on course, longtime instructor and expert birder Frank Gallo will teach you ID skills as well as how to choose and use field guides and binoculars, and where to find birds locally. The course culminates with a field trip to a local park. No experience is necessary. Bring the “Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds.” (Field guides are available for sale at the CoastalCenter.) Fee: $75/person. $65 Seniors.

 

Hidden Gems Series: Bird Walks in Milford Parks 

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Saturday, April 26: Walker Pond – Early migrants

Saturday, May 3: Silver Sands – late waterfowl and early migrants

Saturday, May 10: WilcoxPark – Warblers, vireos and much more

Saturday, May 17: Mondo Pond – Peak migration    

Saturday, May 31: Beaver Brook Ponds – Late migrants

Saturday, June 7: Milford Point – Rare shorebirds, terns and gulls

Saturday, June 14: EisenhowerPark – Breeding birds and late migrants

Milford is 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 spring, from hidden gems, such as WilcoxPark, to more well-known sites, such as Milford Point. 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: 7 week series $60 ($30 seniors, $45 CAS members); weekly, $9 per walk ($5 seniors, $7 CAS members)

 

Field Birding (New!)
Saturday, May 17
9 am – 1:30 pm

Spend the day with expert birder, Frank Gallo, cruising the Coast of Connecticut in search of late waterfowl, loons, grebes, and sandpipers, including eiders and purple sandpipers. If conditions are right, we’ll check coastal woodlands for songbirds, as well. This is a great way to polish your identification skills and to find new birding sites to visit. Join the fun. Bring a lunch.

Fee: $55/Person ($25 Seniors, $45 CAS members)

 

Spring Owl Prowls 
Wednesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 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)) 

Return_of_Osprey-Invite2014-Final2a copyReturn of the Osprey Fundraiser

Saturday, April 12

In celebration of the Ospreys’ return, the Coastal Center is having its annual Return of the Osprey Party on Saturday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the Center.

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

We hope you can join us!

Tickets are $40/ person, $75/ couple. Call Louise to register at 203-878-7440 x 502 or download a registration form.

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

 

Tickets are still available for the event. Call Louise at 203-878-7440 x 502 after 3 pm on Saturday to reserve a space. Walk-ins are welcome. RSVPs are encouraged. Thank you, and see you there!

 

Note: The Coastal Center’s Parking lot will be closed from 4:30 p.m.,  Friday, April 11, through 10 p.m., Saturday, April 12 to accommodate parking for the Return of the Osprey Party Special Event 

 

Summer Camp!

Registration for Connecticut Audubon Society’s summer camps is underway!

This page has everything you need to register for camp at the Coastal Center at Milford Point.

  • To register online for camp at the Milford Point Coastal Center, click here.
  • To download the Milford Point Coastal Center brochure, click here.

For more information about summer camp at Milford Point, call 203 878-7440.

Our camps provide the ideal outdoor settings for children to explore, investigate, and discover science and nature.

We offer eight weeks of nature-inspired sessions for campers age 4 – 14 at the Center at Fairfield and Birdcraft Museum; age 3-15 at the Milford Point Coastal Center; age 6-12 at the Center at Pomfret; and age 4-10 at the Center at Glastonbury.

At Connecticut Audubon Society’s summer camps, kids have the kind of fun that can come only from exploring the woods and tide pools, visiting marshes and brooks, or meeting an owl or a turtle up close and personal.

Our camps offer natural science presented so it’s fun, fascinating and tactile. The teacher-naturalists and educators are well-trained, knowledgeable and expert in finding ways to instruct — and delight — anyone who wants to learn about the natural world.

Counselors and junior volunteers provide additional support. Staff trained in First Aid, CPR, and Epi-Pen are present throughout the duration of camp. Our high staff to camper ratio ensures all campers have a safe, fun, and educational camp experience.

 

Big Sit! Results and Video

The expert birders who participated in the Big Sit! fundraiser for our Milford Point Coastal Center on October 13 tallied 82 species and raised $1,100 and counting.

Our Surf Scopers team, Patrick and Jim Dugan, and Frank Gallo, occupied an observation deck at Milford Point from before dawn til dusk, ears alert, binoculars and scopes at the ready. Videographer Jason Kessler. who made a movie about the World Series of Birding called Opposable Chums, stopped by the shoot a short video.

You can view Jason’s video here. The first person interviewed is Jake Musser, who helped out in the morning, followed by Jim Dugan and then Frank Gallo, the director of Connecticut Audubon Society’s Milford Point Coastal Center. Patrick Dugan (Jim’s brother)  is seen looking through his scope and Wendy Knothe is also interviewed.

It’s not too late to contribute. Call the Coastal Center at 203 878-7440 to make a pledge.

Featured Programs

 

Rooted in Art: An Art-in-Nature Series

Twice a month on Thursdays
September 26, October 10, 24, November 7, 21, December 5, 19, January 2, 16 (more dates TBA)  
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Join us at the center for some stress-relieving art and create a variety of projects (one a week).

This ongoing series explores how nature and art are intertwined. Whether creating a painting of our live animals, fashioning a piece of pottery, or making your own hand-dipped candle, you’ll walk away with something made with your own two hands. This program is an open class, designed so you may arrive from any time between 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. There will be snacks and music provided. We will have a variety of guest teachers to lend their expertise who will instruct and guide us with projects. The theme of the weeks will be listed on our website and will be available over the phone.

*Although walk-ins are welcome, pre-registration is appreciated, and helps us to provide the proper amount of materials. Call Louise at 203-878-7440 to register.

 Cost: $40/(all four pre-registered classes); $12/(individual class pre-registered class); $13/(individual at the door)  CAS Members. $52/ (all four pre registered classes); $15/ (individual class pre-registered); $16/(individual at the door)  Non-members.

Hidden Gems Series: Bird Walks in Milford & Stratford Parks

7:45 – 8:45 a.m.*

  • Saturday, November 23: Milford Point – Thanksgiving Duck walk

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 BoothPark, to more well-known sites, such as SilverSandsState 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: 7 weeks $60 ($35 seniors, $45 CAS members); weekly $9 per walk ($5 seniors, $7 CAS members)

 

Birdsong for Beginners

November date TBA,
7 – 9 p.m.

Birdsong can be an incredible aid to finding and identifying birds. Instructor Frank Gallo, an avid student of birdsong, will introduce the basics of birding by ear, provide tips, tricks, and resources, and explain the pitfalls to indentifying birds by sound. Is that an oriole or a tanager singing? Could that be a hermit thrush calling or a catbird? Come find out, as we delve into the basics of birding by ear. Meet at the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point. Fee: $35.

 

Intermediate Birding
Thursdays, October 24 & 31, 7- 9 p.m. (2 classroom)
Saturday, November 16, 7:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. (field trip)

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. This course approaches more difficult fall identification challenges, including warblers, waterfowl and sparrows. Other local experts will be encouraged to participate. The course culminates with a field trip to find birds at a local birding hot spot. Bring the Sibley or National Geographic Field Guides. (Field guides also for sale at the Center.) 

Meet at the Center. Fee: $95/person.  $75 Seniors. The class meets at the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point. 

 

How to Learn Birds!
Wednesdays, October 30 &, November 6, 7 – 9 p.m. (2 nights in-classroom)
Saturday, November 16, 7:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. (field trip)

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: $95/person. $75 Seniors. 

Birding for Beginners

Thursday, November 14, 7–9 p.m. (classroom)
Saturday, November 23,  9-11:30 a.m. (field trip)

Learn the basics for identifying birds on your own! During this fun and comprehensive hands-on course, longtime instructor and expert birder Frank Gallo will teach you ID skills as well as how to choose and use field guides and binoculars, and where to find birds locally. The course culminates with a field trip to a local park. No experience is necessary. Bring the “Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds.” (Field guides are available for sale at the Coastal Center.) Fee: $75/person. $65 Seniors.

 

The Duck, Duck, Goose Chase…
Saturday, November 16
7:45-10:15 a.m.

Join us for a game of duck, duck, goose…as we travel around Milford and Stratford in search of waterfowl. We’ll seek out ducks and geese in their hidden haunts, from ponds and bays to lakes and rivers. Frank will provide identification tips for separating similar species. Anything is possible; don’t miss this chase.  

Meet at the Center; we’ll carpool to different sites. Fee: $35/person. $25 Seniors  

For all programs, contact Louise at 203-878-7440 x 502.

 

Solo Wilderness First Aid

Session I:  Saturday & Sunday, January 11 & 12, 2014  (Adult CPR possible)
Session II: 
Saturday & Sunday, April 12 & 13, 2014  (Adult CPR possible) 

9:00 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 backcountry. WFA is recognized by the American Camping Association, U.S. Coast Guard, and various guide and Connecticut Summer Camp licensing boards as meeting their first aid requirement, and is accepted as a recertification course for WFR (80-hour First Responder-nominal additional fee). Payment in full is due upon registration; please register early.

Cost: $195 includes lunch & snacks ($100 non-refundable). There is an additional fee for CPR training; please inquire if interested.

 

Solo Wilderness First Aid

Session I:  Saturday & Sunday, January 11 & 12, 2014  (Adult CPR possible)
Session II: 
Saturday & Sunday, April 12 & 13, 2014  (Adult CPR possible) 

9:00 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 backcountry. WFA is recognized by the American Camping Association, U.S. Coast Guard, and various guide and Connecticut Summer Camp licensing boards as meeting their first aid requirement, and is accepted as a recertification course for WFR (80-hour First Responder-nominal additional fee). Payment in full is due upon registration; please register early.

Cost: $195 includes lunch & snacks ($100 non-refundable). There is an additional fee for CPR training; please inquire if interested.

 

 

The Day We Earned Our Name: The Raven Luna-ticks 2012 Big Day Run

Fog and rain made the heron colony on Charles Island invisible from the boardwalk at Silver Sands State Park, Milford. From left, are Jim Dugan, Dave Tripp, Patrick Dugan and Fran Zygmont (looking the other way). Connecticut Audubon Society photo by Frank Gallo

There is nothing I like better than standing in a swamp listening to the myriad mutterings of the night. Midnight, the morning of May 21, was no exception; it was the start of our 2012 Big Day run to raise money for the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center, and I was standing with three teammates, Patrick Dugan, Dave Tripp, and Fran Zygmont, in a swamp in central Connecticut.

At a minute to midnight, Fran had trilled like an Eastern Screech-Owl. We were hoping and waiting for one to respond while listening to the musings of Virginia Rails “kicking” in the background to the accompaniment of “twanging” green frogs. Seconds after midnight, two screech-owls started whinnying together, a Marsh Wren sang and, just minutes later, a Green Heron gave its harsh squawk.  Of the Least Bittern, there was no sign, not a single peep did it utter.

We raced back along the waterlogged trail in high spirits, with hopes of soon finding Sora, Whip-poor-will, singing Grasshopper Sparrows, and a plentitude of owls, secure in the knowledge that there were still other stops for Least Bittern.

The Soras were silent, and our foray for grassland birds was a bust, but an American Woodcock, along with Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers, had all chimed in at one stop, and we discovered, at random, a Barn Owl. It was calling while it was going in and out of a barn — at first, loud, then muffled, loud, then muffled. Bizarre.

One horned lark, and a back-up Grasshopper Sparrow, put us back on track and we raced west through the night, picking up our Whip-poor-wills and Cliff Swallows, and bagging four more species of owls. Our stop to listen for migrants produced only one, a Swainson’s Thrush. But, ahead of schedule, we tried for a moorhen and picked up American Bittern. Sweet!

Dawn found us listening to the warbles of Canada Warblers and Northern Waterthrushes in the northwest corner of Connecticut. Our well-planned north route (thanks to Fran and Dave) had us picking off species after species: Magnolia Warbler, Nashville, Worm-eating, and Blackburnian Warblers in a single stop; Purple Finch, Dark-eyed Junco, and Winter Wren all sang at the scouted sites. Our staked-out pheasant was sauntering through a field when we arrived, so we sped off to find Belted Kingfisher and Willow Flycatcher, before heading to our Acadian Flycatcher spot.

As we drove up, the Acadian sang, so we spun around, snagged a Cerulean Warbler from the roadside, and made a swing through an area for brush-loving species: Brown Thrasher, check; Orchard Oriole, check; Field Sparrow, check; Prairie Warbler, check, and we were off.

During the rest of the morning, we would add species such as Broad-winged and Red-shouldered Hawks, Black Vulture, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and Hooded Warbler. Our total was building nicely; we were right on track, a little behind schedule, but quickly approaching last year’s record-setting total for the north.

The American Coot was right were I left it the day before (I mean, saw it) and it was time to shoot for the coast – with 130 species and high hopes that days of scouting would pay off. Our bright morning sky was clouding quickly and our arrival in Stratford was accompanied by strong east winds and rain. Binoculars became microscopes, as visibility shrank. We increased the pace, trying to outrun the rain, and picked up Boat-tailed Grackle, Short-billed Dowitcher, Ruddy Turnstone, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, and a few other targets, but little else. We decided to cut our losses and head east. At our first stop, scouting rewarded us with a female Bufflehead, found the day before, and a bonus Common Loon.

Spirits lightened, but the weather worsened. By the time we reached the Branford coast visibility was down to 100 yards. All the scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, and Red-throated Loons I had scouted during the week had vanished in the fog. It was maddening. We did manage to find a single Purple Sandpiper on a rock near shore, and made a last-minute save on the Black Scoter that flew in and landed on “his” island as we were leaving.

Well, two were better than none, and there was lots of daylight left. If the weather would just clear, we might still have a chance. We had scouted 191 species, with many others possible, so we crossed our fingers, and flew off to Hammonasset Beach.  

I’ve never tried birding by feel, but the fog was so thick when we arrived, that we nearly had to, trying to identify the Little Blue Heron in the Meig’s Point Pond. The Park was an eerie landscape of surreal shapes and brief glimpses of birds materializing softly from the gloom, only to vanish again, like ghosts, engulfed in silence. Fortunately, Seaside Sparrows sang, and a lone Saltmarsh Sparrow walked within sight beside the board walk. The search for our other target species was in vain. No Tri-colored Heron; no Lesser Yellowlegs; no loons, or waterfowl – just white, rain, and wind. The atmosphere was palpable; the visibility nonexistent.

We decided to try farther to the west in hopes that the storm cell would pass to our east. It didn’t, and Milford Point was shrouded in fog. It’s a good thing that birds make noise. Two of our next three species were found by ear: a Piping Plover called near its nest, and the shadows of six Sanderling rocketed past us on the beach uttering their “plick, plick, plick” calls. As we were preparing to leave, Patrick finally found a White-rumped Sandpiper that had wandered out of the fog just close enough for us to see.

A last ditch stop at Silver Sands turned up more fog rather than the scouted Lesser Yellowlegs. Poor Charles Island and its heron colony just offshore, was only a memory, invisible in an impenetrable bank of white.

As we stood there among the clouds, peering east into mist and drizzle, we pondered what to do. Our tally was 171. Two or three more species were possible, if the weather gods cooperated, but given their track record, we opted to call it a day and let everyone drive home safely. No sense pushing the envelope when people had long drives home; better to do it early then late, when we’d be more tired. There would be other days. We did our best, and I’m proud of our results given the hand we were dealt. It was a good day. After all, we started in a swamp enjoying the nightlife, so how bad could it be? – Frank Gallo, director of the Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point

The 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.

Raven Luna-ticks Break Connecticut Birding Big Day Record!

Friday, May 20
(rain date  5/21)

On Friday, May 20, the Connecticut Audubon Raven Luna-ticks (Nick  Bonomo, Patrick Dugan, Frank Gallo, Dave Tripp, and Fran Zygmont) not only broke the Connecticut Big Day birding record of 186 species, but also bested the New England record of 191, by finding an amazing 192 species in Connecticut in just twenty-four hours!  Read more about our day at http://ctaudubon.blogspot.com/ and at http://www.shorebirder.com/ A full account of our Big Day will be posted on our blog soon.

So far, the event has raiseed over $2000 for CAS’s Coastal Center at Milford Point.  We’re two-thirds of the way to our goal of $3000.  Please help us reach this important goal, by making a pledge today. Every dollar you give will go directly to support CAS’s Coastal Center at Milford Point - Yankee Magazine’s recipiant of this year’s editor’s choice award for best birding destination in Connecticut.  

 We can’t do it without you, and we thank you for your generosity!

Pledge forms are available here, or by contacting Frank Gallo at  203-878-7440  x 501.

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

Frank talks with Bird Call’s producer Chris Bosak about our upcoming 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.

LIVE Animal Demonstrations & Feedings

Third Saturdays of the Month at 12:30 p.m.

Meet a new animal each week and steal a peak into their worlds. From snakes to turtles to insects, there is sure to be something for everyone! All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $4/adult & $2/child CAS Members; $8/adult & $4/child Non-members. Senior Rate $2.

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.

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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