News & Visitor Information for Birdcraft
Birdcraft Sanctuary Reduced Access Notice
Birdcraft Sanctuary is currently operating under reduced hours of access. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The sanctuary is now open during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with entry through the building.
There have been a lot of problems in the sanctuary including vandalism and other illegal activity and we have had to temporarily close it while staff are not present.
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. This historic setting 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.
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.