The Coastal Center at Milford Point

“Nature-Mania” – Summer Family Concert

Singer/Naturalist, Matt Black and his toothy friend!

Singer/Naturalist, Matt Black, and his toothy friend!

“Nature-Mania” – Family Concert

August 9
4:30 pm

Former Coastal Center Resident Naturalist, Matt Black, moved to Paris with his wife and daughter in 2005. This summer, Matt returns to the Coastal Center with guitar in hand for a special family concert!  Matt has been a professional educator and children’s entertainer for two decades, and is the master of the summer camp song circle! He has always loved making music fun for kids! He and his wife Becky run Rock University, a music school for children, in Paris. His interactive performances incorporate humor, movement, silliness, singing, and even some (gulp) learning. Some of the songs he’ll sing are childhood classics. Others, are Matt’s own original creations or zany adaptations, often incorporating his knowledge and love of nature; they’re all sure to be hits with kids and parents alike! Matt promises to leave his beret at home.

Guests of all ages are encouraged to bring an instrument and join in if they wish. Families can bring their own picnic and beverages.

Matt will be joined by some special guests/friends, as well. Stay tuned for further details, and please save the date. Call Louise at 203-878-7440 x 502 to register.

Fee: $7 members; $9 non-members. Families are encouraged to buy concert wristbands in advance at the Coastal Center. Wristbands can also be purchased that evening.

Summer Camp 2014!

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.JrNat-25July2011-Kevin-TideLife (9)

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.

Guided Canoe Tours

Through the Charles E. Wheeler Salt Marsh

Canoe tour at CAS Coastal Center_by Frank Gallo

Saturday, May 31, 12:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, June 14, 11:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.*
Saturday, June 28, 11:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.*
Sunday, June 29, 12:30 -3:00 p.m.*
Saturday, July 12, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.*
Sunday, July 13, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. *
Saturday, July 26, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.*
Saturday, August 2, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 9, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 13, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 14, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 21, 8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, September 28, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Early Autumn Paddle)

Spend a lovely day with us on a relaxing guided canoe tour of the 840-acre Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh at Milford Point. 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. Bring water, a snack, and wear shoes that can get wet. (* Bring a lunch on these days.)
Contact the Coastal Center for more information. Trip routes are subject to change due to weather. Wind may cause trips to be canceled, even on sunny days; please call 30-45 minutes in advance for trip status. Advance registration required. Sign-up early for these popular tours! Canoes and equipment provided.

Coastal Center Canoes
CAS Members $27/person, $69/canoe (3 people)
Non-members $35/person, $95/canoe (3people)

Private Canoe/Kayak (Bring your own boat)
$20 CAS Members, $30 Non-members

 

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

Support our Coastal Center with a 2014 Big Day Pledge

The Raven Luna Ticks, ace birders all.

The Raven Luna Ticks, ace birders all.

Connecticut Audubon Society’s birding team is working to raise more than $5,000 in support of the Coastal Center at Milford Point by finding 200 bird species in a single day in Connecticut, as part of the Connecticut Big Day Challenge. We need your support!

In 2011, our team, the Raven Luna-ticks, broke the long-standing Connecticut Big Day birding record by identifying 192 species, besting both the Connecticut and the New England records, while raising thousands of dollars for the Coastal Center. We were ecstatic! Last year, we tied the old Connecticut record of 186 species. It was a great success, but still shy of the elusive 200 species goal. We found amazing birds for late May in Connecticut, including some unexpected goodies such as a singing Summer Tanager in New London, and a beautiful White-faced Ibis that flew by us in Westbrook. We had scouted more than 190 species, with many others possible, so 200 in a day is doable, and we’re going to be the ones to do it!

It’s a new year, and we not only want our record back, but we also want to raise critical funds for the important conservation and education programs at the Coastal Center. To optimize our chances of success, we will make our run between May 18th and May 26th. We are already busy scouting our route and finding raptor nests (please let us know if you have any in your area).

We can only achieve our goal with your support. Please, pledge or donate today.

You can donate by filling out and returning this pledge form or via our 2014 Connecticut Big Day Challenge webpage.

Remember, every dollar raised directly supports the Coastal Center at Milford Point – helping us to remain leaders in conservation and natural science education. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

All the best,
Frank Gallo, Director
Coastal Center at Milford Point

And the Raven Luna-ticks Team
Nick Bonomo, Patrick Dugan, Dave Tripp, and Fran Zygmont

New Spotting Scope & Spring Birding Programs

Louise Crocco using our new Vortex Razor spotting scope - Our thanks to Stanley Solomon, Phil Perretta, The Fat Robin, and Vortex Optics!

Our office manager Louise Crocco uses the new spotting scope!

New Telescope for Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point

A new Vortex Spotting Telescope is a recent addition to the Coastal Center’s viewing window. In 2007 a similar telescope was donated by the Solomon family of Milford in memory of my brother Harvey Solomon. The scope and its mounting were set at a lower height and with an upturned eye to assist viewing for everyone, including the young and handicapped.

Recently it had to be replaced, and with the added requirement for a more secure mounting, a number of institutions were contacted. A series of communications began between myself and Shamus Terry, the International Sales Manager at Vortex Optics, which resulted in Vortex Optics donating a top of the line Razor Spotting Scope to replace the original Vortex. The scope is now up and ready for viewing.

I’d like to thank my good friend Phil Perretta for helping to attach the scope; Jim Zipp at the Fat Robin Wild Bird shop in Hamden for his advice; and to Frank Gallo at the Coastal Center for his support in this project. On behalf of the Audubon Coastal Center and myself, our most grateful thanks and acknowledgements to Vortex Optics for this very generous donation. My special thanks to Shamus Terry who took an early interest in this project, for his energy and initiative to be part of it, and in the process demonstrate and become an example of the true spirit of community.

Stanley Solomon

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))

 

Guided Canoe Tours

Through the Charles E. Wheeler Salt Marsh

Canoe tour at CAS Coastal Center_by Frank Gallo

Saturday, May 31, 12:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, June 14, 11:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.*
Saturday, June 28, 11:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.*
Sunday, June 29, 12:30 -3:00 p.m.*
Saturday, July 12, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.*
Sunday, July 13, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. *
Saturday, July 26, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.*
Saturday, August 2, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 9, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 13, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 14, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 21, 8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, September 28, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Early Autumn Paddle)

Spend a lovely day with us on a relaxing guided canoe tour of the 840-acre Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh at Milford Point. 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. Bring water, a snack, and wear shoes that can get wet. (* Bring a lunch on these days.)
Contact the Coastal Center for more information. Trip routes are subject to change due to weather. Wind may cause trips to be canceled, even on sunny days; please call 30-45 minutes in advance for trip status. Advance registration required. Sign-up early for these popular tours! Canoes and equipment provided.

Coastal Center Canoes
CAS Members $27/person, $69/canoe (3 people)
Non-members $35/person, $95/canoe (3people)

Private Canoe/Kayak (Bring your own boat)
$20 CAS Members, $30 Non-members

 

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.

 

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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