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Coastal Center at Milford Point

News & Visitor Information at the Coastal Center at Milford Point

Volunteers Need for a Milford Point Beach Cleanup

Thursday, November 9, 10 a.m.
We’re helping recruit volunteers for a beach cleanup of Milford Point, including the beach and sandbars at our Milford Point Coastal Center.
The Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, the Connecticut Audubon Society, the City of Milford, and the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds are collaborating on the project.
We need volunteers to help bag trash and marine debris so it can be removed by trailer.

Meet at 10 a.m. at the Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road.

Gloves and trash bags will be provided, but bring your own water and a bagged lunch.

Please email to sign up.


Louise Crocco, Winner of the Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award


The Connecticut Audubon Society presented Louise Crocco, whose warmth has welcomed thousands to the Coastal Center at Milford Point, with its Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award at its annual meeting on Sunday, Oct. 15 in Sherman.

Louise was one of four recipients of the award, which was established in 1993.

Read more here.








Things That Go Bump in the Night

Sunday October 29
1 – 2 p.m.

It’s the time of the year we celebrate Halloween and things that go bump in the night. Don’t be scared! The bumps, squeaking, and shrieking are the sounds of nocturnal animals living life in the dark of night.

Through games and hands-on activities, we will discover how nocturnal animals use their senses of smell and hearing to navigate through the night. Create your own special creature of the night. 
Appropriate families with children age 5 and up.

Members $5/person, family max. $20; non-members: $7/person, family max. $28.
Pre-registration required. Please call the Coastal Center at 203-878-7440.

General Information

The boardwalk leading to the Sound. Photo courtesy of Anthony Donofrio.

Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center at Milford Point is located on an 8.4-acre barrier beach, next to the 840-acre Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh and Wildlife Management Area at the mouth of the Housatonic River.

The Coastal Center promotes the awareness and preservation of Long Island Sound’s ecosystem, and the birds and habitats it supports. Visitors to the center have access to the Sound and to tidal salt marshes, barrier beaches, tide pools, and coastal dunes.

The Coastal Center is a bird-watcher’s paradise – 315 species have been seen here, including many rarities.

We offer a full range of educational programs and events for families, children, and adults.

The Coastal Center provides educational exhibits, a tide pool demonstration tank, a salt-marsh laboratory, and program and meeting rooms.

The Coastal Center’s grounds encompass the 8-acre Smith-Hubbell Wildlife Refuge and Bird Sanctuary, a boardwalk and three other observation platforms, including a 70-foot covered  tower for panoramic vistas.

Viewers from around the world watch the Center’s seasonal Osprey Cam, operated from our 18-foot tall nesting platform.





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