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Coastal Center at Milford Point

Coastal Center Programs & Events

Because of concerns about Covid-19, the Coastal Center is running outdoor programming only and asking participants of those programs to practice social distancing and wear masks.
The Coastal Center building is closed and all indoor programs are cancelled until further notice.
See below for current programs. 
The Nature Store has items available for pre-order and pick up. Click HERE for details.

 

 

Beginner Bird & Nature Programs

Thursdays:
October 22, November 12, December 10
10 – 11:30 a.m.

Join teacher-naturalist Carol Kratzman for a small group program exploring what’s happening on Milford Point through the fall. We’ll start at benches adjacent to the Pollinator Garden and bird feeders, then stroll to the observation platform overlooking Long Island Sound. Learn about the plants, birds and wildlife of the area including the many ways plants and animals are connected.  Get tips on basic bird and plant identification and binocular use. This program includes limited walking over mostly level surfaces. Benches at the garden and observation platform will provide seating during this program.

Participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing. The program is 100% outdoors. Please wear appropriate outdoor gear, sturdy, closed-toe footwear, and bring water, apply sunblock and bug spray before arriving. These programs may be cancelled or postponed due to adverse weather. 

Note: Center building and facilities (including restrooms) are closed, however, there is a portable toilet available (please bring hand sanitizer).

This program is designed for beginners. Group is limited to 10 participants. Please bring binoculars if you have them.

Members $15, Non-members $20. Pre-registration required. 

A waiver must be completed and returned before the program date.

November 12, click here to register
December 10, click here to register

This program is at the Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT. 

 

Nature & Birding 101 Walks

Saturdays: October 24, November 14, December 12
9:30 – 11 a.m.

Seasonal changes abound at the Coastal Center.  Join teacher-naturalist Carol Kratzman for a small group guided walk exploring what’s happening on Milford Point through the fall. We’ll visit the marsh and meander our way through the woodland before heading to the shoreline of Long Island Sound. Along the way we’ll talk about the plants, birds, and wildlife of the area, including the many ways plants and animals are connected.  Get tips on basic bird and plant identification and binocular use. We will be standing and walking, often over uneven surfaces. Benches are available for seating at the garden and the Long Island Sound observation platform.

Participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing. The program is 100% outdoors. Please wear appropriate outdoor gear, sturdy, closed-toe footwear, and bring water, apply sunblock and bug spray before arriving. These programs may be cancelled or postponed due to adverse weather. 

Note: Center building and facilities (including restrooms) are closed, however, there is a portable toilet available (please bring hand sanitizer).

This program is designed for beginners. Group is limited to 8 participants. Please bring binoculars if you have them.

Members $15, Non-members $20. Pre-registration required. 

A waiver must be completed and returned before the program date.

October 24, sold out
November 14, click here to register
December 12, click here to register

This program is at the Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT. 

 

Programs for Home Learners

Join us for an unplugged morning of outdoor explorations for your home learning students. 

Map Making (Cartography) for ages 9-11
Tuesday, November 3
9:30 -11 a.m.

Be an explorer or a pirate! Want to know how to get to your destination or find the treasure? Maps are the answer! Before there was GPS, paper maps ruled, and the cartographers that made them!  Join teacher-naturalist Jenn Silberger to discover the many different types of maps and learn how to read them. Walk the Coastal Center trails to observe your surroundings and then make a map of your own. ** Supplies for making the maps will be provided, if you prefer to bring your own supplies, a list is provided below.

Participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing. The program is 100% outdoors. Please wear appropriate outdoor gear, sturdy, closed-toe footwear, and bring water, apply sunblock and bug spray before arriving. Note: Center building and facilities (including restrooms) are closed, however, there is a portable toilet available (please bring hand sanitizer.

Group is limited to eight participants. This is a drop-off program.
Members $20, Non-members $25. Pre-registration required.
This program may be cancelled or postponed due to adverse weather.
A waiver must be completed and returned before the program date.
This program is at the Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT. 

Click here to register

**Supplies for making the maps will be provided, if you prefer to bring your own supplies, a list is provided.

Supply list
8×10 sheet of paper or larger (supply a few in case of mistakes)
Box of colored pencils or crayons
Clip board or hard surface to write on
Pencil with a good eraser

 

The Big Sit Bird Challenge!

Thanks to your generous donations, we surpassed our goal of $5000 and had a successful day of identifying birds!

Your support made a difference and we could not have done it without you.

During The Big Sit. Milford Point, Milford, CT. 11 Oct 2020. © Frank Mantlik

Sunday, October 11 was a great weather day, with warm temperatures in the mid 60’s and favorable skies and winds. The core team consisted of Frank Gallo, Jim and Patrick Dugan, Tina Green, and Frank Mantlik. We began at 4:19 a.m. and ended at 7:15 p.m., about 15 hours of straight birding. 

Several visitors/birders came by throughout the day to cheer us on, bird, or bring provisions. Thank you all!

The predawn birding was superb, listening for nocturnal migrants, night birds, and ducks and other water-birds in the marsh. The calm night air allowed us to hear calling migrant Swainson’s, Gray-cheeked, and Hermit Thrushes, as well as a hooting Great Horned Owl, Clapper Rails and many duck and heron species. 

Our final tally was 108 bird species identified including a Jaeger species, a tie for our third highest Count.

Highlights included 12 species of ducks (including 7 Northern Shovelers and all three Scoter species), Wild Turkeys, 12 species of shorebirds (including American Golden Plover and Pectoral Sandpiper), a Jaeger species (rare in CT) far out over the Sound, a record number of Common and Red-throated Loons, Great Cormorant, American Bittern, 6 Bald Eagles, a Great Horned Owl, 2 Purple Finches, flocks of Pine Siskins, 7 species of sparrows, Baltimore Oriole, 5 species of warblers, and a Rusty Blackbird. An exciting highlight was watching a Peregrine Falcon chasing a migrant Red Bat at dawn, right near our Sit platform!

Our complete list, with photos, is here:  https://ebird.org/checklist/S74719992

This is a wonderful way to kick off our 25th Anniversary.

Thank you for your generosity and support!    

During The Big Sit. Milford Point, Milford, CT. 11 Oct 2020. © Frank Mantlik

The Big Sit during the Coronavirus pandemic. Milford Point, Milford, CT. 11 Oct 2020. © Frank Mantlik

During The Big Sit. Milford Point, Milford, CT. 11 Oct 2020. © Frank Mantlik

Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, & Birthday Parties

For more information about the programs, please click on the links below.  For more information and to schedule a program or party, please call 203-878-7440 ext. 502 or email lcrocco@ctaudubon.org

GIRL SCOUT PROGRAMS
Our programs are designed to help scouts earn their badges and learn about the natural world around them.
For our Girl Scout program brochure click here. 

CUB SCOUT PROGRAMS
Our  programs are designed to help scouts earn their badges and learn about the natural world around them.
For our Cub Scout program brochure, click here.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Look no further! The Coastal Center at Milford Point is the perfect place to celebrate your child’s birthday with an outdoor nature exploration program! For more information please contact Louise Crocco at lcrocco@ctaudubon.org

 

 

 

 

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