News & Visitor Information for Birdcraft
Because of concerns about Covid-19, Birdcraft is running outdoor programming only and asking participants of those programs to practice social distancing and wear masks. Click here for a listing of our current programs. The Birdcraft building is closed and all indoor programs are cancelled until further notice. For information about our virtual summer camp, click here.
Birdcraft Sanctuary Bird Checklist
May 18, 2020 — We are delighted to share the new Birdcraft Sanctuary Bird Checklist. After downloading and printing, please bring this checklist with you on your next visit to the Sanctuary for a convenient way to keep track of birds you see.
The Connecticut Audubon Society extends its sincere thanks and appreciation to Aidan Kiley for his outstanding work in researching and compiling this checklist. His outstanding volunteer contribution in helping Birdcraft continue to be a vital area resource is invaluable, and his work also helps support our mission towards conserving Connecticut’s environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on the state’s bird populations and habitats.
Our Senior Director of Science and Conservation, Milan Bull, notes that due to Aidan’s skill and dedication, “This is the most comprehensive checklist we have ever had for the Birdcraft Sanctuary. It is a significant addition to our efforts and will be extremely useful to all those who enjoy birding at the Sanctuary.”
Aidan Kiley is a college-aged birder and environmental science student who started birding in middle school and has been visiting Connecticut Audubon locations ever since. The Birdcraft and Larsen Wildlife Sanctuaries are two of his favorite spots to bird. Aidan is also a bird photographer and avid eBirder, where he serves as the Hotspots Editor for Connecticut.
What to do with “abandoned” or “orphaned” birds
May 6, 2020 — Have you found an abandoned bird?
Birds and other wildlife that seem to be abandoned or orphaned at this time of year often are not actually abandoned orphaned.
The Connecticut DEEP has advice about what to do if you find a bird that you think is abandoned. There are several alternatives.
Click here to learn about them.
Please do not bring injured or orphaned animals to any Connecticut Audubon Society facility. Connecticut Audubon is not authorized to accept injured or abandoned animals.
But if it is obviously injured, it may need help. The CT DEEP has more information here about dealing with distressed wildlife.
Explore our centers and sanctuaries on your mobile device
Soar through our centers and sanctuaries with this free app, which highlights unique and interesting features at each stop. Take one of our tours while you’re onsite or plan ahead with detailed directions and maps to your nearest Connecticut Audubon location.
- Tours of our Centers and Sanctuaries
- Bird IDs with photos and descriptions
- Tips on how to create a native garden for birds and pollinators
- Interactive maps
For Android and other non-Apple devices, visit the web-based app. Software platform © Cuseum, Inc.
This App was made possible by Planet Fuel Charitable Fund.
Birdcraft Sanctuary is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk, however, the bridge and pavilion over the pond is currently closed for repairs. Thank you for your understanding.
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.
Birdcraft Museum Renovations Completed – Event Space Available for Rental
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.
Renovations at Birdcraft Museum are now complete. Though this historic setting is not open to the public, the space is now available to host your next upcoming event (click here for additional details). By renting with us, not only will you enjoy your event in this charming space, but you will also support our efforts in conservation and education. The grounds continue to support many diverse birds today, so you can look forward to sharing this beautiful nature retreat with them during your event.
To check available dates, venue tours and more information please contact Ashley Keller, Birdcraft Museum Event Coordinator, at 203-556-9695 or via email.
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.
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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.
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