Connecticut Audbon Society
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Coastal Center at Milford Point

Coastal Center Programs & Events

Summer Camp Registration Opens

February 11

Children ages 4-14 thrive with an excellent balance of summer fun and discovery. Activities take advantage of the natural features and habitats at the Coastal Center!
Weekly summer camp programs run through August 14.

Sessions fill quickly, so be sure to sign up when registration opens on February 11. Click here for info and to register.

Birding 101: The Series

 

White-throated Sparrow

 

Not all birds fly south for the winter. There’s a diverse community of birds to be found in our backyards. Spend the winter with us fine-tuning your bird watching, feeding, and habitat building skills.  Each month we will offer basics on bird identification as well as more specific information about attracting birds to your yard. These classes are geared towards beginners but all levels are welcome. Program is held indoors and weather permitting, we’ll take a short walk around the grounds. Members $7/class, Non-members $10/class. Pre-registration required.

Backyard Birds
Saturday, December 7
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Learn the field marks that help you identify the birds most likely to be in your yard as well as fun facts about each one.

Birding 101: Bird Feeders and Nuisance Animals
Sunday, January 26
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Discover which birds are at our feeders and yours during the winter season, what they like to eat, and their unique behaviors.
Learn what you can do to reduce nuisance animals at your feeders.

Birding 101: Planting for Birds and Butterflies
Sunday, February 16
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
The middle of winter is the perfect time to be thinking about your yard and garden. Whether you have a large yard or container plantings, get helpful tips and tricks to turn your yard into a wildlife oasis. Simple changes have big impact.

Birding 101: Bird Nesting Boxes
Sunday, March 29
1:30 -2:30 p.m.
What do bluebirds, tree swallows, chickadees, and woodpeckers have in common? They’re cavity nesters. Our teacher/naturalists will share tips on how to build or buy suitable nesting boxes for a variety of species, the proper placement of nesting boxes in your yard, and how to attract birds and discourage predators to these new locations. It’s never too early to plan for nesting season and some of your most important neighbors.

 

Click here to register for Birding 101: Bird Nesting Boxes, March 29.

 

 

 

 

Build a Birdhouse

Sunday, March 29
3 – 3:45 p.m.

Birds will start their search for the perfect nesting spot to lay eggs and raise their young. Are you ready? Come assemble a functional birdhouse for your yard. We provide the pre-cut wood, screws, and tools. You supply the person-power. Directions for best placement and proper care of birdhouse provided.
Appropriate for adults, families with children age 5 and up.

Members $18/birdhouse, Non-members $23/birdhouse. Pre-registration required.

Click here to register. This program is held at The Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT.

Beginner Adult Watercolor Class

This program is full.
Sundays: 

February 2, 9, 23, March 1. March 8, March 15. NO class February 16. 
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Jeanne Board Fayumi, your instructor, has designed this watercolor class for beginners, but others are welcome to attend. The series will focus on learning how to draw and paint birds easily, as well as create a background appropriate to that bird species. Students will learn about John J. Audubon’s life and artwork, as well as learning about many different watercolor products, tools and techniques,  Appropriate for ages 18 and older.  The class fee includes all drawing and watercolor materials. Participants should bring a smock or an old shirt. Class syllabus will be sent upon registration
Class size limited to 12 adults.  Minimum enrollment of 6 participants for program to run. 
Series fee: Members $100; Non-members $140.

Click here to register.

 

 

 

Milford Point Partners Beach Clean Up

Sunday, March 1
9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.                                                                                                                                                           

Least Terns are among the vulnerable birds that nest on Connecticut’s beaches. Photo by Scott Kruitbosch/Copyright Connecticut Audubon Society

Please join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Connecticut Audubon Society, and the Friends of Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge for a beach and marsh clean-up.

This is a great way to get out, meet new friends, get a little dirty, and clean trash out of our wetlands and waterways!
Let’s help wildlife before spring nesting season!

RSVP by 2/28 to: shaun_roche@fws.gov

Meet at 9:30 a.m. at The Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT 06460
Please wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather conditions of the day.

 

Milford School Day Off Family Fun

Thursday, March 5
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

School is out! Join us for a morning of fun-filled activities, hands-on science experiments and
outdoor explorations. Come for the whole time or drop in when you’d like. 10 a.m. Experiments and crafts.
11 a.m. Outdoor explorations, weather permitting. 12 p.m. Brown Bag Lunch & Stories.
12:30 p.m. Creature Feature—meet our live education animals.
Family program for all ages.  This is not a drop-off program. 
All children must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. 
Pre-registration required.
Member $15/family; Non-member $20/family.

Click here to register.

 

 

Biodiversity, Climate Change and the Sixth Extinction – A Call To Action

Saturday, March 7   
1:30 p.m.

In March of 2019, a major report was announced from the United Nations with the headline: “Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating'”.  The report warned that 1 million species are threatened with extinction and the current global response is insufficient, but it also optimistically reported there is time to solve this problem and proposed solutions.  This talk will review Earth’s extinction history and the recognition that we are now witnessing the sixth mass extinction, but this time, it is caused by humans.  It will cover how climate change is a significant factor but only one of many causes of this crisis and will highlight what we can do about it. In light of the recent decision by the Trump Administration to significantly weaken the Endangered Species Act, this talk will be a timely overview of what is at stake.

Stephen Lewis is a member of the Connecticut Chapter of The Sierra Club Legislative Committee and a Connecticut Audubon Master Naturalist. He is a Scoutmaster who teaches conservation to Scouting leaders and was recognized for his work on Monarch butterfly conservation with a BSA Hornaday Gold Badge.  Stephen is also a Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Master Educator.

Program is free, but we ask that you register. Program is held at the Coastal Center at Milford Point, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT

Click here to register.

Please also join Stephen for his talk on Legislative Update: Environmental Initiatives at the Center at Fairfield on Saturday, March 14 at 10:30 am

 

Oysters and Oystering In Long Island Sound

Sunday, March 22 
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

The oyster is often described as a slippery, briny foodie’s delight but to some it’s not so appealing. Whether you love to eat them or not, these fascinating bivalves are an integral part of the Long Island Sound ecosystem. An oyster can filter an average of 50 gallons of water a day! Join us for a talk by local oysterman, Larry Hernandez who will share his experiences and knowledge of harvesting oysters and fishing in Long Island Sound.

Larry Fernandez, of Larry’s Lobsters LLC, has always had a love of the water ever since his father took him lobstering at the age of five. At age eleven he started clamming for fun. In September of 1991, he started his own lobster business. When the lobsters died off in 1999, he started fishing for whelk and began offshore lobstering. Larry went onto open a seafood wholesale company and in 2013 he left the wholesale business and went into oystering. His passion and life-long, extensive knowledge of the marine environment contributes to Larry’s success in oyster farming.

Members $7/person; Non-members $10/person. Pre-registration required.
Click here to register. This program is held at The Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point  Road, Milford, CT.

Birthday Parties and Scouts

Birthday Parties

Look no further! CAS’s Coastal Center at Milford Point is the perfect place to hold your child’s next birthday party! Our staff has designed a wide range of “theme” parties to provide your child and their friends with a memorable and fun hands-on learning experience. Click here for our brochure. Call 203-878-7440 for details.

Brownie, Girl Scout, Cub Scout & Boy Scout Programs

Our updated scouting programs are 60-90 minutes long and are designed to help scouts earn their badges and learn about the environment. Click here for our brochure on Girl Scout programs. For our Cub Scout brochure, click here. Call 203-878-7440 for more information or to book a program for your scout today!

 

 

 

 

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