Center at Glastonbury

Budding Naturalists for Fall 2017, Ages 1-5

Two five-week series Tuesdays from 10-11:30 a.m. starting September 12.

Second series begins October 31. Preschool children ages 1-5 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 Earle Park at the Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main St, Glastonbury CT 06033. The cost of the series is $50/child for Connecticut Audubon members, $60 for non-members. Topics include Butterfly Habitats, Bugs, Feathered Friends, Leaves, and Migration or Hibernation?. To see descriptions of these programs, click here.

To register your child, download the registration form here and return by email to glastonbury@ctaudubon.org. You may also call 860-633-8402 for more information.

Naturalist Training Program

Sign Up Now for our Naturalist Training Program!

Beginning Wednesday, Sep 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., come learn about our region’s natural history through an 8-week series of field experiences. Topics will include ornithology, herpetology, botany, citizen science and more during 32 hours of classroom instruction by nature and conservation experts at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033; 860-633-8402, meckman@ctaudubon.org. Click here for details and to register.

Glastonbury Meadows Bird Walks

On Saturday, September 30, 7 a.m., if you missed the September 16 walk, join Connecticut Audubon Society at Glastonbury regional board member Andrew Dasinger on a repeat of this free, open-to-the-public, field trip to explore Glastonbury Meadows, 700-acres of Connecticut River floodplain, farm fields, forests and marsh, that is one of the premier birding locales in Hartford county. These trips are offered by the Hartford Audubon Society. Since they are limited to 10 persons each, pre-registration is mandatory.
Visit http://www.hartfordaudubon.org/terms.htm for more info and sign-up instructions.

The Spectacular Habitats & Wildlife of the Conte Refuge

On Tuesday, October 3, 6:30 p.m, at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033,

Photo by Jerry Monkman for the National Wildlife Refuge Assn

join Patrick Comins, our executive director, to learn about the spectacular habitats and wildlife of the Connecticut River Watershed and the Conte Refuge, one of the crown jewels of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Currently, the refuge is comprised of over 36,000 acres within parts of the four watershed states of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut. A Refuge like no other, the Conte Refuge’s legislative purposes allow for a much broader scope of work beyond the boundaries of the Refuge land to conserve the critical habitats of the entire Connecticut River Watershed. Patrick has intimate knowledge of the Conte, as he has been involved with the Friends of Conte since its inception in 2006. Connecticut Audubon members $5, non-members $10. Pre-registration is required by emailing glastonbury@ctaudubon.org or calling 860-633-8402.

Science in Nature: Fall Homeschool Series

Experiential learning in nature is exciting and makes it easier to understand science, math, and other core concepts. Join us at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033, on 7 Thursdays from 10-1, for hands-on, outdoor classes (two age groups: 5-8 and 9-14) in:

  • Bird Ecology – Oct 5
  • Plant Ecology – Oct 12
  • Wetland Ecology – Oct 19
  • Geology – Oct 26
  • Adaptations – Nov 2
  • Weather and Climate – Nov 9
  • Caring for our Rescue Animals – Nov 16

Click here to register or contact Catie Resor (cresor@ctaudubon.org or 860-633-8402) for more info.

Caring for Your Cat and Our Threatened Songbirds – Program at the Glastonbury Riverfront Community Center

Please join us on Wednesday, October 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Glastonbury Riverfront Community Center, 300 Welles Street, Glastonbury, 06033,

for a panel discussion of new research on the damage that feral and roaming domestic cats are doing to songbird populations across the country, and what pet owners and conservationists can do about it.

Representatives of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the state General Assembly’s Environment Committee and the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association will discuss why keeping cats indoors is a win-win for your pet’s health as well as for our Connecticut River ecosystems. Connecticut Audubon Society members $5, non-members $10. Pre-registration is required by emailing glastonbury@ctaudubon.org or calling 860-633-8402.

Nature Photography 101, plus…

On Saturdays October 14 & November 4, 12-2 p.m., join Stan Malcolm, a prize-winning photographer from Marlborough, for two photography workshops offered in preparation for our 2018 Photo Contest.

In this series at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033 (860-633-8402), Stan will present basic concepts photographers should have in mind as they strive to master nature photography – in the field and in editing software. Topics will include equipment, shooting conditions, composition, technical aspects, editing and an intro to advanced options. In addition, he will provide tips for photo contest entrants to improve their chances of success. Finally, he will present a virtual tour of the Air Line Trail and offer some of his own photos of the trail to allow participants to practice critiquing.  Click here for details and to register.

Visit Glastonbury’s Expanded Nature Store

Need seed, feeders or houses for your birds? Check out the selection at The Connecticut Audubon Center, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033, Mon-Sat 10-3 (860-633-8402)

Looking for a gift for a nature lover? Our Nature Store offers natural history books, field guides, science toys and a special collection of pewter bird ornaments. Click here for more info.

Do NOT Bring ANY Distressed Wildlife Here

If you care, leave it there” is usually the best thing you can do for a bird or animal that appears distressed but shows no visible sign of physical injury. But if it is injured, it may need help. Do NOT bring any wildlife to The Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury; we are neither licensed, trained nor equipped to care for it. Leaving one on our doorstep when we are closed gives it a death sentence. Instead, click here to learn how to give it its best chance for survival.

Other Opportunities That Might Interest You

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   See our Non-Releasable Raptors at home in their new Outdoor Aviary.
   Seasonally, watch a live view of an Osprey Nest or a Purple Martin Colony at our Milford Point Coastal Center.
   Visit our Nature Store for quality bird seed and nature-related gift items.
   Volunteer at our Nature Center (ages 7-adult).
   Help care for our resident animals (ages 7-adult).
   Have your child’s next Birthday Party at our nature center!
   Let us customize a Nature Program for Your Scouts.
   Learn about our award-winning Science in Nature School Programs.
   Explore nature in the Town of Glastonbury’s Earle Park, right outside our door, from dawn to dusk (trail maps available).
   Learn about Woodpeckers: Damage, Prevention and Control.

General Information

Center at Glastonbury

Center at Glastonbury

Located near the Connecticut River, the Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury has taken full advantage of its unique location since its opening in 1982. This Center’s focus is to promote awareness of the Connecticut River ecosystem and the birds and habitats it supports, and to foster their preservation through education and related activities.

The Center’s 4,000 square-foot facility offers a full range of environmental education programs and a full calendar of events throughout the year for children and adults of all ages. Visitors will find hands-on exhibits, wildlife mounts, interpretive natural history exhibits, a bird-watching station, small live animals, a reference library and a nature store. The grounds surrounding the Center contain the Four Seasons Wildlife Garden, an aviary housing our non-releasable raptors, bird feeders and a picnic area.

The Center is adjacent to the 48-acre town-owned Earle Park, with its forest trails and scenic vistas of Tom’s Pond, meadows and bluffs overlooking Holland Brook, and culminating at the Connecticut river. The park is home to a maturing forest of beech, tulip, and red oak trees and contains the state champion bitternut hickory tree. It contains trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. Trail maps are available for use while on the trails.

 

Science in Nature School Programs

STEM Education Programs for Pre-K through Grade 12

For over 25 years, the Center at Glastonbury has provided curriculum-based nature programming to schools in Central Connecticut. Click here for program information.

 

Pursuing Our Conservation Mission

Focusing on Science in Nature and Action

Click here to see how we’re doing it.

Events at the Center at Glastonbury

Budding Naturalists, Fall 2017, Ages 1-5

Two five-week series from 10 – 11:30 a.m., starting September 12. Second series begins October 31.

 Preschool children ages 1-5 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 Earle Park at the Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury. 

The cost of the series is $50/child for Connecticut Audubon members, $60 for non-members.

September 12: Butterfly Habitats

Come discover Connecticut’s Butterflies and spend time searching Earle Park for these beautiful pollinators. Learn how we can help support their habitat and leave with a plant to begin your own Butterfly Garden at home!

September 19: Bug Out!

Even as summer ends, bugs are hard at work! Bugs are such an important part of our ecosystem, but are often misunderstood. Enjoy a morning learning about these critters and have fun searching for these often-hidden friends.

September 26: Feathered Friends

Join us to meet one of the Audubon’s resident birds and learn about one of their fascinating features—feathers! Have fun making your own feather creation and then spend time outside on a bird watching hike. Binoculars provided or bring your own.

October 3: Leaves

Leaves are more than just something fun to jump in! Today we will learn about deciduous trees, why they have leaves, and why they fall to the ground every autumn. Hunt for your own colorful leaves and make a  special leaf craft to take home.

October 10: Migration or Hibernation?

As the days are getting shorter, animals have work to do. Do they need to migrate? Do they need to prepare for hibernation? Discover some of Connecticut’s animals and learn about their special Fall activities that help them prepare for the winter months.

To register your child, download the registration form here and return by email to glastonbury@ctaudubon.org. You may also call 860-633-8402 for more information. 

Naturalist Training Program

Sign Up Now for our Naturalist Training Program!

Beginning Wednesday, Sep 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., come learn about our region’s natural history through an 8-week series of field experiences. Topics will include ornithology, herpetology, botany, citizen science and more during 32 hours of classroom instruction by nature and conservation experts at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033; 860-633-8402, meckman@ctaudubon.org.

The price is $205 for Connecticut Audubon members and $260 for non-members (includes one-year membership) and includes 32 hours of classroom instruction by nature and conservation experts. In exchange for this greatly reduced training fee, we ask for a 40 hour volunteer commitment during the succeeding year.

This limited-size class usually fills early; if you are interested, click here to download the registration form. Completed registration forms can be emailed to Michelle at meckman@ctaudubon.org. If you have questions, please email Michelle or call her at 860-633-8402 ext 205.

Glastonbury Meadows Bird Walks

On Saturday, September 30, 7 a.m., if you missed the September 16 walk, join Connecticut Audubon Society at Glastonbury regional board member Andrew Dasinger on a repeat of this free, open-to-the-public, field trip to explore Glastonbury Meadows, 700-acres of Connecticut River floodplain, farm fields, forests and marsh, that is one of the premier birding locales in Hartford county. These trips are offered by the Hartford Audubon Society. Since they are limited to 10 persons each, pre-registration is mandatory.
Visit http://www.hartfordaudubon.org/terms.htm for more info and sign-up instructions.

The Spectacular Habitats & Wildlife of the Conte Refuge

On Tuesday, October 3, 6:30 p.m, at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033,

Photo by Jerry Monkman for the National Wildlife Refuge Assn

join Patrick Comins, our executive director, to learn about the spectacular habitats and wildlife of the Connecticut River Watershed and the Conte Refuge, one of the crown jewels of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Currently, the refuge is comprised of over 36,000 acres within parts of the four watershed states of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut. A Refuge like no other, the Conte Refuge’s legislative purposes allow for a much broader scope of work beyond the boundaries of the Refuge land to conserve the critical habitats of the entire Connecticut River Watershed. Patrick has intimate knowledge of the Conte, as he has been involved with the Friends of Conte since its inception in 2006. Connecticut Audubon members $5, non-members $10. Pre-registration is required by emailing glastonbury@ctaudubon.org or calling 860-633-8402.

Science in Nature: Fall Homeschool Series

Experiential learning in nature is exciting and makes it easier to understand science, math, and other core concepts. Join us at The Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033, on 7 Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., for hands-on, outdoor classes in:

  • Bird Ecology – Oct 5
  • Plant Ecology – Oct 12
  • Wetland Ecology – Oct 19
  • Geology – Oct 26
  • Adaptations – Nov 2
  • Weather and Climate – Nov 9
  • Caring for our Rescue Animals – Nov 16

Two age groups: 5-8 and 9-14. 7-class series $150 for Connecticut Audubon members, $210 for non-members (tip: save $5 by becoming a member here). Single class $25 for members, $35 for non-members. To register, see below. For more information, please call Catie Resor at (860) 633-8402 or email cresor@ctaudubon.org. Note that reservations are not guaranteed until you receive written confirmation.

 

 

Caring for Your Cat and Our Threatened Songbirds – Program at the Glastonbury Riverfront Community Center

Please join us on Wednesday, October 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Glastonbury Riverfront Community Center, 300 Welles Street, Glastonbury, 06033,

for a panel discussion of new research on the damage that feral and roaming domestic cats are doing to songbird populations across the country, and what pet owners and conservationists can do about it.

Representatives of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the state General Assembly’s Environment Committee and the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association will discuss why keeping cats indoors is a win-win for your pet’s health as well as for our Connecticut River ecosystems. Connecticut Audubon Society members $5, non-members $10. Pre-registration is required by emailing glastonbury@ctaudubon.org or calling 860-633-8402.

Nature Photography 101, plus…

On Saturdays October 14 & November 4, 12-2 p.m., join Stan Malcolm, a prize-winning photographer from Marlborough, for two photography workshops offered in preparation for our 2018 Photo Contest.

In this series, Stan will present basic concepts photographers should have in mind as they strive to master nature photography – in the field and in editing software. Topics will include equipment, shooting conditions, composition, technical aspects, editing and an intro to advanced options. In addition, he will provide tips for photo contest entrants to improve their chances of success. Finally, he will present a virtual tour of the Air Line Trail and offer some of his own photos of the trail to allow participants to practice critiquing. As time and weather permit, the group will practice techniques in Earle Park, behind the Audubon Center. As a bonus, Stan will provide a how-to guide to making digital kaleidoscopes online.

Malcolm, one of the judges for our 2011 “Our Natural World” Photography Contest has won many prizes in previous years of the contest. An entomologist by training with a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, he has been photographing the Air Line Trail in all seasons since Fall 2001.

Connecticut Audubon members $25 per session, non-members $35.  Please email glastonbury@ctaudubon.org, call 860-633-8402 or visit your center at 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033 to reserve your seat.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES at the Center at Glastonbury

Let you child celebrate his/her next birthday at our nature center! Please click here to download the Birthday Party Brochure with all the details you need to know or here to print a Birthday Party Application Form which can be brought to the center to schedule your party.

Nature, Science and Environment PROGRAMS FOR SCOUTS

Girl Scouts

Boy Scouts

From Daisies and Cubs to Gold and Eagle, The Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury has programs and project ideas for every age. Our staff looks forward to working with you to develop a program for science and nature-related topics, including conservation, ecology, habitats and bird study. Click here for program information.

News and Announcements

Nature Store: Gifts, Bird Seed, Feeders, Houses & More

Feed the Birds! Our Nature Store has a wide selection of bird seed and suet cakes either in stock (the most popular items) or available for order. Visit our Center at 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT 06033, Mon-Sat from 10-3), click here for a printable order form or call 860-633-8402.

Need a bird house or feeder? We have those, too. Do birds fly into your windows? Many have solved this problem with our “Window Alert” bird decals.

Looking for a gift for a nature lover? Check our selection of natural history books, field guides and science toys.

Special:  While they last, our exclusive collectible annual pewter bird ornaments, originally $8.75, are on sale for only $3.95 + tax. These beautifully crafted medallions include the 2008 ornament featuring Trinity, our resident Red-tailed Hawk, 2007 Screech Owl, 2006 Wood Thrush, 2005 American Goldfinch, 2004 Cedar Waxwing, 2003 Carolina Wren, 2002 Ruby-throated Hummingbird, 2001 Downy Woodpecker, 2000 Nuthatch, 1999 Titmouse, 1998 retired Connecticut Audubon Society Logo Owl, 1997 Wood Duck, 1996 Bluebird, 1995 Cardinal, 1994 Chickadee & 1993 Great Horned Owl (the 1992 American Robin is sold out). These can be shipped to any US address for an additional $1.50 each; if you would like to order by mail or phone, click here for a printable order form.

Your purchases support your Glastonbury Center’s year-round programs for children, families and adults and also help us feed and care for our resident education animals and non-releasable rescues.

Glastonbury’s Outdoor Aviary Is Home to these Non-Releasable Raptors:

Photo by Carol Welsh / CW Photography

Cookie (barred owl who was hit by a car and has unclear vision).

Barred owls measure about 17-24″, weigh just under 2 lbs, eat small mammals and reside in suburban neighborhoods and dense woods in eastern US and Canada.

 

 

 

Photo by Linda Hincks

Trinity (red-tailed hawk who lost use of one ear and one eye when hit by a car).

Red-tailed hawks measure 18–26″, weigh about 3.5 lbs, eat birds, mammals, fish, reptiles & amphibians and live in scrub desert, grasslands, farm fields, pastures, parks, woodlands & tropical rain forests in the US, Canada, Mexico & Central America.

 

 

Photo by Linda Hincks

Buddy (broad-winged hawk who lost part of a wing when hit by a car).

Broad-winged hawks measure 15-17″, weigh 9-20 lbs, eat small mammals, amphibians & insects and live in forests in eastern US, most of southern Canada, the pacific slope of southern Mexico, Central America & northern South America.

 

 

Pursuing Our Conservation Mission

Focusing on Science in Nature and Action

You’ve probably observed a number of changes at your Glastonbury Center. We are reallocating our resources to make it become economically sustainable after years of under-performing. Most importantly, we are working to fulfill the Connecticut Audubon Society’s mission of conserving the state’s environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on birds and other wildlife and their habitats.

We’ve expanded our nature store – and it’s worth saying that all proceeds go directly into our conservation work. Summer camp has grown. We have a full schedule of lectures, programs, and walks for the fall.

For us at The Connecticut Audubon Society, conservation is an action term. It is what humans do for habitat, nature, and ecosystems based on what they know, with the appropriate skills. As a conservation organization, we want to go beyond building awareness and knowledge, and to move people to action. This means working to motivate, and to provide the skills and opportunities to take those actions. It is hard work but it is vital, and it is what all of our centers concentrate on.

For years, the Center at Glastonbury had been home to an array of animals, most not native to Connecticut, in cages and tanks. These were obviously an attraction to some visitors, many of them youngsters. Unfortunately, housing exotic animals in cages is a long-term, expensive commitment that was distracting us from focusing on the state’s bird populations, wildlife and their habitats. Contributions from those who participated didn’t cover the costs and, considering that the center has operated in the red for years, we couldn’t continue to subsidize an off-mission activity.

Our solution, which we began to put into place several years ago, was to find new homes for the Center’s non-native animals and to refocus the work of the staff and volunteers. All of them work hard and are committed to making the Center at Glastonbury a place that is fun, friendly, interesting and centered on Connecticut’s native fauna and flora. We still have some native animals, which help with our teaching, in our Discovery Room and built an outdoor aviary to provide a better home for our non-releasable raptors.

The second part of that solution was to make the Center at Glastonbury the statewide focal point for Connecticut Audubon’s Science in Nature program. Our education programs had been lagging behind those of our other Centers, and we now have a Lead Educator tasked to that mission. Science in Nature has already brought in many young people who had never been here before and is introducing them to the principles of conservation that are our mission.

Statewide, 60,000 students have participated from more than 75% of all the school districts in the state. It has succeeded beyond our dreams. We are committed to it for the long term and are convinced that it will lead to greater success for the Center at Glastonbury and for conservation.

Please stop by and see what we are up to, either on your own or when you drop your kids or grand-kids off for a program. We are proud to be creating a Center that is warm, personable, welcoming, and attractive, and we want to share it with you Monday-Saturday from 10-3.

Volunteer at our Center — Learn, Laugh and Help!

No matter what your interests or talents, you can help: volunteer teachers, Center hosts, animal caretakers, office and general indoor/outdoor help are just some of the skills that keep your Glastonbury Center going.

We will provide full instruction and information; you just need to bring a willingness to learn and a cheerful smile. If you are interested in any of the volunteer opportunities described below, contact Center Director Michelle Eckman at 860-633-8402 ext. 205 or meckman@ctaudubon.org.

Our Center is fully handicapped-accessible. If you have allergic reactions to animals, this may not be the place for you! Click here to download a printable application form (please print the two pages back to back on one sheet).

Phone, Reception & Nature Store Hosts: We need cheerful, helpful people (you can bring a friend & work in twos) who enjoy talking to the public on the phone and in person. Phone and reception volunteers need to be empathetic and helpful. Some office or clerical help is also appreciated.
We need volunteers from 10-3 daily except Sundays. Saturday volunteers are especially important and must be able to function independently without staff supervision. Training will be offered by staff and experienced volunteers. We also have openings for both adult and youth animal caretakers.

Administrative Help: Assist the Director with phone calls, correspondence, research and other tasks. This would be good experience for students in business or secretarial schools.

Volunteer Coordination: Would you like to learn how to recruit, screen and train volunteers?  Did you know that this is a career that you can get certification in? Our director would love to teach a couple of people how to work with volunteers to the best advantage for the Connecticut Audubon Center. Learn to organize groups of volunteers, schedule volunteers to cover office, events and animal care, work with court-ordered volunteers, involve teens, and recruit for specific needs.

Publicity Volunteer: We are looking for someone who will come in once a week for at least an hour to enter our event information on-line into community calendars, and event and tourism websites. An organized person with some publicity experience would be very helpful. Keep track of our on-line listings, update as needed, and provide a list to our publicity volunteer team of which events have been listed and where.

Gardening Volunteers: Experienced gardeners are needed to maintain the teaching and wildlife gardens around our Center. Weeding, transplanting, pruning and mulching are among the skills required.  Bring a friend or two and help beautify the Center grounds. After a brief training and orientation session, volunteers can garden on their own schedules.

Event Committee Volunteers: Our events raise money to support our Center, care for our animals, provide science education for thousands of children each year, and raise awareness. There is something for everyone to do! Publicity, taking minutes, planning public education programs, hanging photographs, setting up tents, cooking or baking, setting up or cleaning up, asking for donations or putting up posters – you name it, we need your help!
Opportunities include adult & family education programs, our annual photo contest and our Harvest Dinner. Join a committee and find yourself in the midst of community members who enjoy doing what they are doing, have fun doing it and help us accomplish our mission!

Animal Care Program

What is the Animal Care Program?

Flopsy & Velvet

The animals at the Center at Glastonbury are a part of many of our education programs and need care 6 days a week to stay healthy and happy. Animal care is important, yet can be expensive and time-consuming. Our Animal Care Program is an opportunity for people to volunteer their time and bond with a live animal while also providing the organization with invaluable assistance that we otherwise could not afford.

Responsibilities include weekly care on a specific day or days of the week.  Care usually includes feeding, changing or filling the water container, cleaning of the cage, and socialization with the animals.

Do I have to have experience?

Training will be provided by the staff.  Each animal has different requirements, so training is required whenever you begin working with a new animal. All that is required is a willingness to learn and follow instructions. And a few other things…

What is required to be an animal caretaker?

  • You must be at least 7 years old.
  • Individual or family must be a member of the Connecticut Audubon Society.
  • Complete an application form (click here for a printable PDF).
  • Children under age 16 MUST BE accompanied by an adult during EACH animal caretaking session.

Earle Park – Right Outside Our Door

The Town of Glastonbury’s Earle Park, with its pond and 2 miles of trails, runs from our Center to the Connecticut river and is open daily from dawn to dusk.  Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome.  On a kiosk between our entrance and the park are trail maps which may be borrowed for use while you are hiking or, if you wish to plan ahead, you may click here to download a printable copy.  For more details about the park’s features, click here for our guide for group leaders.

The park has 49.7 acres and 2 miles of trails.  It was previously used by the Glastonbury Pony Club and they continue to use it for their trail riding events.  It is named in memory of Dr. B. Baylis Earle and his family, the previous owners.  Before 1900 it was used as a farm.  Most trees are no older than this. 

The adjacent Old Church Cemetery was established in 1823; click here for photos.  The dirt dug from the graves was dumped along side the cemetery, creating the embankment where the trail runs.
It is a popular place – people are dying to get in there!
How many people are dead in there?   All of them!

Injured, “Abandoned” or “Orphaned” Wildlife

The best advice is to leave baby birds, like this Purple Martin, when you found them. Photo by Stephanie Galea/The Connecticut Audubon Society

If you care, leave it there” is usually the best thing you can do for a bird or animal that appears distressed but shows no visible sign of physical injury, like this Purple Martin photographed by Stephanie Galea/The Connecticut Audubon Society.

Especially during the summer, parents will put a young bird or small animal out of the nest for it to learn to fend for itself, while remaining concealed.  The Connecticut DEEP advises (more info here):
“If you find a young bird on the ground that appears to not have feathers, look for a nest.  If a nest is in a nearby tree or shrub and the bird feels warm to the touch, try to place the nestling back into the nest. If the nest has fallen on the ground, make a new nest with a wicker basket and some dry grasses and hang the basket with the nestling in it in a nearby tree or shrub.  Most birds have a poorly developed sense of smell and will not be scared away if you touched the young bird.  Be sure to watch the nest carefully for at least an hour to see if the adults return to find and feed their nestling.”

An injured bird or animal, on the other hand, may need help. but ONLY from a properly licensed rehabilitator.  Click here to find one or call the DEEP at 860-424-3333 for emergency assistance.  Please do NOT bring any bird or animal to The Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury; we are neither licensed, trained nor equipped to care for them.  Leaving one on our doorstep when we are closed gives it a death sentence.

Find additional information from the Humane Society here or the extensive CT Dept of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) wildlife library here.

Woodpeckers: Damage, Prevention and Control

Woodpecker damage is a wide-spread problem, not just here in the Glastonbury area.  Unfortunately we know of no sure-fire solutions, but check these sources for further information:

CT DEEP “Dealing with Woodpecker Problems: http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/wildlife/pdf_files/outreach/fact_sheets/wdpckrproblems.pdf.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology researchers’ findings about why the birds may have selected your house and possible deterrents: www.birds.cornell.edu/wp_about/.

Cars for Conservation

DONATE YOUR USED VEHICLES! (Any motorized vehicle, running or not)

Donate online at donationline.com or call 877-227-7487 ext 2742.
(Please use this extension to be sure CAS Glastonbury receives your donation!)

By phone or on-line, be sure to mention The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury.

Your Contributions Will Help Keep Us Flying!

Directions

From I-84 in East Hartford: Take Exit 55/Route 2 East to Route 17 Exit (Portland/South Glastonbury). Our Center is on the right, 2.5 miles from the exit.

From I-91 North: Take Exit 25 to Putnam Bridge/Route 3. Follow Route 3 over the Connecticut River to Route 2 East. Move quickly into the left lane to take the Route 17 Exit (Portland/South Glastonbury). Our Center is on the right, 2.5 miles from the exit.

From I-91 South: Take Exit 25N to Putnam Bridge/Route 3. Follow Route 3 over the Connecticut River to Route 2 East. Move quickly into the left lane to take the Route 17 Exit (Portland/South Glastonbury). Our Center is on the right, 2.5 miles from the exit.

From Middletown: Go east on Route 66 to Route 17 North. Follow through South Glastonbury. Our Center is on the left.

From Marlborough and Southeast: Take Route 2 West to Exit 10. Turn left, then turn right at first stop sign. At first stop light, turn left onto Chestnut Hill Road. Follow for 3 miles to Main Street. Turn right onto Main Street. Our Center is ¼ mile on the left.

Address

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

Center Hours

Monday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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