* * * Summer camp registration starts February 14! Stay tuned for details * * *

Family & Children Programs

Amy Gallatin and the Hot Flashes have been rescheduled! Saturday, February 4, 7:30 p.m.!

amy-gallatins-hot-flashes-promo-picPlease join us in welcoming Amy Gallatin back to our stage, this time with her “girl group,” the Hot FlashesClick here for details.

CAS members $15, non-members $20, children under 12 half price.  Please visit the Center or call 860-633-8402 to reserve your seats at The Connecticut Audubon Society Center, 1361 Main Street (CT 17), Glastonbury CT 06033.

Visit Glastonbury’s Expanded Nature Store

Need a gift for a nature lover?  The Connecticut Audubon Society Nature Store at 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033 (Mon-Sat 10-3) offers a large selection of gifts for nature lovers of all ages, as well as houses, feeders and seed for your birdsClick here for more info.

“Our Natural World” Photo Contest & Sale

Photo Contest Logo (pic & text)The photo entry period has ended and the exhibit is now being prepared for judging and for viewing at the following times:

Fri 1/27 4-7 p.m. (snow date 1/28) – Opening Reception & PreviewReservations required: $5.

Mon-Sat 1/31-2/25 1-5 p.m. – Exhibit open for viewing & purchase of photos.  $3 admission at the door (cash or check only).

Sats Feb 4 & 11 1-3 p.m. – Photo Critique & Tea.  Reservations required: CAS members $20, non-members $30).

Click here for details, reservations & photo pickup schedule at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033.

Budding Naturalists Ages 1-4

Wednesdays 1/11, 25; 2/1, 15 & 3/1, 15, 29 from 10-11 a.m. – Preschool children ages 1-4 are not too young to be aware of and inspired by the world around them, so start your child on the right foot with a love of nature.  You and your children or grandchildren will explore habitats in Earl Park at the Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main St, Glastonbury CT 06033, 860-633-8402.  Click here for details and to register.

After School Nature Club for Junior Naturalists Ages 5-9

Wednesdays 1/11, 25; 2/1, 15 & 3/1, 15, 29 from 3:30-5 p.m. – Nurture your age 5-9 child’s natural curiosity in our new After School Junior Naturalist Program.  We will explore our natural world at Earle Park to entertain and educate your child.  Activities will include making habitat and animal observations, journaling, drawing, photography and recording data.  Click here for details and to register.

SuperbOWL

Snowy Owl at Stratford Point - by Twan Leenders

Snowy Owl at Stratford Point

On Sunday, February 5, 2-3 p.m., see and learn about owls!  These mysterious creatures of the night will make a live appearance, thanks to Kasha Breau and Mary Beth Kaezer from Horizon Wings.  Find out how owls see, hear and hunt for their prey in the cold of winter.  Learn their songs and visit with the live owls.

Members $8, non-members $10, children under 12 half price.  Please call to reserve your seat; prepayment by credit card is accepted on the phone, cash or check only at the door at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main St, Glastonbury CT 06033; 860-633-8402, kbreau@ctaudubon.org.

Owl Prowl in Earle Park

Barred Owl, Photo by Brian Fisher

On Friday, February 10, 7-8 p.m., join us for an evening owl prowl in Earle Park (bring your flashlights and dress accordingly: appropriate footwear required, no dress shoes or sandals).  Kasha Breau will call to the owls and we will see what hoots back!  We cannot guarantee a response from the wild owls, but you do get to see Cookie, our resident barred owl.

Members $8, non-members $10, children under 12 half price.  Please call to reserve your seat; prepayment by credit card is accepted on the phone, cash or check only at the door at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main St, Glastonbury CT 06033; 860-633-8402, kbreau@ctaudubon.org.

Creek Critters: Use Our New Mobile App to Learn if Your Stream is Healthy

Searching for macroinvertebrates to identify with the Creek Critters app. Connecticut Audubon photo by Eleanor Robinson

Searching for macroinvertebrates to identify with the Creek Critters app. Connecticut Audubon photo by Eleanor Robinson

May 19, 2016 – The Connecticut Audubon Society has launched a new mobile app designed to help Connecticut residents – especially youngsters – evaluate the health of their local streams by finding and identifying the creatures that live in them.

Called Creek Critters, the new app had its first field test on Saturday, May 14, when three dozen kids and adults gathered at the Old Saybrook Town Park to inaugurate it.

The new free app makes it fun and easy to collect and identify the macroinvertebrates (basically, large bugs) that help indicate whether a stream is in good shape or is impaired by pollution. Users get a quick analysis of overall stream quality based on their findings. Because different species are adapted to living in waters with different levels of pollution, their presence or absence gives a quick snapshot of how well the stream is doing.

The data can be shared with conservation organizations or local officials and planners working to improve habitat quality and limit the environmental impacts of development in the region.

Connecticut Audubon’s education director, Michelle Eckman, worked on Saturday’s field trip with the Old Saybrook Land Trust and Outdoor Adventure Kids of Old Saybrook, headed by Laurel Friedmann. Eleanor Robinson, an environmental educator and member of Connecticut Audubon’s Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center board, was instrumental in planning and organizing the field trip.

“The Connecticut Audubon Society has always stressed the importance of getting young people involved with the natural world, for its own sake and to help establish the next generation of conservationists,” said Robinson, who is a member of IMG_3487Connecticut Audubon’s Board of Directors. “Mobile phones are a part of almost every child’s life these days, so Creek Critters is a great way to make the most of that reality.”

Creek Critters was developed by the Audubon Naturalist Society, in Washington D.C., in collaboration with the Connecticut Audubon Society, Audubon of Rhode Island, Massachusetts Audubon and New Hampshire Audubon. Gregg Trilling of the Audubon Naturalist Society participated in Saturday’s event, helping to collect and identify some of the bugs the kids collected.

Saturday’s participants waded into five streams in three watersheds, collecting macroinvertebrates by gently rubbing rocks and silt found in the stream bed. Using magnifying lenses and charts in the Creek Critter app, they identified stonefly larva, aquatic worms, midgefly larva and other species.

“Stonefly and mayfly larva have very low pollution tolerance, so their presence indicates good water quality,” Michelle Eckman said. “Other species found are more tolerant of pollution: midgefly larva, scuds, dragonfly larva, and mosquito larva. This does not mean that these species require pollution to survive, it just means they are more tolerant of it.”

The kids used the app to submit reports, starting a database for stream testing in Connecticut. Several of the participating families offered to “adopt” a stream and test it throughout the year to learn how changes in the seasons and bio-indicators influence water quality.

Creek Critters can be downloaded from the Apple App store or via Google Play.

 

Your kids will love our Summer Camps!

 

Connecticut Audubon Society’s Centers provide extensive programming for families and children. Our main offerings include:

  • Summer Camp
  • Vacation Camp and Programs
  • Pre-School Nature Programs
  • After School and Weekend Programs
  • Programs for Scouts
  • Live Animals and Animal Care Programs
  • Birthday Parties

The specific programs offered at each Center vary, so click on the links to find out what’s available near you.

 

Center at Fairfield

2325 Burr Street
Fairfield, CT 06824
203-259-6305

Birdcraft Museum

314 Unquowa Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
203-259-0416

Coastal Center at Milford Point

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

Center at Glastonbury

1361 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033
860-633-8402

Center at Pomfret

218 Day Road
P.O. Box 11
Pomfret Center, CT 06259
860-928-4948

EcoTravel

30 Plains Road
PO Box 903
Essex, CT 06426
800-996-8747
860-767-0660

Trail Wood Sanctuary

93 Kenyon Road
Hampton, CT 06259
860-928-4948

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