Center at Fairfield

Birdcraft

News & Visitor Information for Birdcraft

The Birdcraft Museum is closed for renovation.

The sanctuary is open from dawn to dusk.

General Information

Founded in 1914, Birdcraft is the first private bird sanctuary in the United States and is a National Historic Landmark.

This six-acre site  was originally planted as a refuge to attract, harbor, and feed migratory and resident birds.  More than 120 bird species have been recorded on its grounds. 

Birdcraft’s focus today is offering premier natural history education programs and events for children and adults.  It is also a federally-licensed bird-banding station.

Renovation at the Birdcraft Museum

For more than a hundred years, Birdcraft has served as a gateway to our region’s natural history. With a sanctuary for birds to rest, feed and nest, and a museum to place Connecticut’s birds and their habitats in the wider context of conservation, Birdcraft has provided enriching education experiences for generations.

Our renovation goal is to return Birdcraft to the forefront of the conservation movement and honor the museum’s rich history as the leading resource for engaging and interactive environmental learning.

The exterior and interior structural renovation was completed in 2014 and we expect to finish designing the exhibitions by mid-2018.

The renovated museum will meld modern digital interactive exhibits with our historic past. We plan three main galleries:  one focused on the evolution of birds and showcasing our historic collection; one on Connecticut’s vital habitats; and one that tells the story of how Citizen Science has influenced conservation in the state.

While the Museum is currently closed, the Sanctuary will remain open from dawn to dusk during the renovation period.

Directions

From I-95: Take Exit 21. Go north on Mill Plain Road for about ½ mile. Turn right onto Unquowa Road. After you go under the I-95 overpass, immediately turn left into our driveway and parking lot.

From I-84: Take Routes 25, 8, or 91 south to Merritt Parkway and follow directions below.

From Merritt Parkway (Route 15): Take Exit 44.

Northbound: Turn right onto Congress Street.

Southbound: Turn left at the light; go about 200 yards and turn left onto Black Rock Turnpike; take first right turn onto Congress Street.

From Congress Street: Turn left at first stop sign (Burr Street) and go straight (Burr Street turns into Mill Plain Road) to the 4th stop sign. Turn left onto Unquowa Road. After you go under the I-95 overpass, immediately turn left into our driveway and parking lot.

 

 

 

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