Connecticut Audbon Society
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Coastal Center at Milford Point

Coastal Center Programs & Events

Adopt a Purple Martin Gourd for the 2019 Nesting Season

The Coastal Center at Milford Point is one of the largest of the 30 monitored Purple Martin colonies in the state. For Purple Martins, conservation efforts are essential. The birds build nests only in man-made houses — often plastic or natural gourds. Your adoption of a Purple Martin gourd will greatly aid our citizen science efforts. Coastal Center volunteers monitor and maintain the nests throughout the April to August season, which helps the nestlings survive and fledge at a higher rate.

With each adoption there will be:

  • A numbered, paper cut-out gourd, including your chosen name, to be hung inside at the Center. A matching numbered gourd will be placed outside for the Purple Martins.
  • Weekly updates will be sent as the season progresses (via email) of the gourds that have nests being built in them.
  • A copy of the end of season report.

By adopting a Purple Martin gourd, you will be helping to provide housing for this human-dependent songbird. Purple Martin gourd adoptions also make great gifts for members of your family or friends! A limited amount of gourds are available. Adoption fees are $50 per gourd. Click here to adopt your gourd today!

 

Migration Madness: Beginner Bird Walk

Friday, May 17
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

New to birding? This walk is for you! Learn basic field marks and other identification clues and how to use binoculars. We’ll visit the marsh, beach and upland areas of the Coastal Center in search of the birds that are here this time of year, including our resident Osprey pair. Please bring binoculars if you have them or you may borrow a pair from us.

Members $7/person, Non-members $10/person.

Pre-registration is required.

To register click here.

This is a Migration Madness event. Migration Madness is Connecticut Audubon’s statewide celebration of the birds of Connecticut. Click here for more information and be sure to download our flyer.

 

Migration Madness: Spring Bird Walk at Milford Point

Saturday, May 18
7 – 9 a.m.

Join Frank Mantlik, expert birder and Coastal Center Regional Board member, for a walk along the marsh, beach, and upland areas of the Coastal Center to view the birds that are here this time of year. Please bring binoculars and spotting scopes, if you have them. Appropriate for adults and teens 16 and up. Registrants will be notified if program is cancelled for inclement weather.

Members $7/person, Non-members $10/person.

Pre-registration is required.

Click here to register.

This is a Migration Madness event. Migration Madness is Connecticut Audubon’s statewide celebration of the birds of Connecticut. Click here for more information and be sure to download our flyer.

 

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Migration Madness: Bird Bingo Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, May 19
1-2 p.m.

Everyone loves a scavenger hunt! We’ll explore the habitats of the Coastal Center in search of birds and their behaviors to complete your Bird Bingo Scavenger Hunt. Where will we find the most birds? What birds will we find?

This is a  kid-friendly family program

Program is FREE. 

Pre-registration is required.

Click here to register.

This is a Migration Madness event. Migration Madness is Connecticut Audubon’s statewide celebration of the birds of Connecticut. Click here for more information and be sure to download our flyer.

 

 

DIY Reusable Beeswax Wraps

Sunday, May 19
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Take action to make your kitchen eco-friendly! Put the plastic down because reusable beeswax wraps are what you’ve been looking for! This kitchen game changer can be used to cover a bowl or platter meant for the fridge or when headed out the door, they are great for snack filled lunchboxes and any other role plastic wrap used to fill. Spend an afternoon at the Coastal Center to create your own set of 3 reusable beeswax wraps. Materials are provided! Appropriate for adults and families with children 10 and over.

Members $12/participant; Non-members $15/participant

Pre-registration is required.

Click here to register.

Project Limulus – Horseshoe Crab Tagging

Saturday, June 1
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 15
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Project Limulus researchers from Sacred Heart University will share information about this ongoing research and monitoring program studying horseshoe crab ecology in Long Island Sound.

The program will begin with a brief introduction and information session indoors, then will head to the beach in search of horseshoe crabs. Participants should wear shoes or rain boots that can get wet and sandy; we will be walking out along the beach. We also suggest a hat and plenty of sun-block too.

Members $7/person; Non-members $10/person
Pre-registration is required.
Click here to register for June 1, 2019

Click here to register for June 15, 2019

CT Trails Day at The Coastal Center

Sunday, June 2
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Join us for a bird and nature walk along the salt marsh, beach, and wooded habitats of Milford Point. View the Osprey nesting platform in the salt marsh, search for Piping Plovers and other shorebirds along the beach, stop at the Pollinator Garden and bird feeding stations. Beginning birders welcome. Discover the birds and their habitats.  Binoculars, sturdy shoes, hat, water bottle, and sunblock recommended

Did you know that Connecticut Trails Day is the largest Trails Day Celebration in the country? Trails Day is organized by The Connecticut Forest & Park Association and the Coastal Center is pleased to join the Trails Day fun by hosting this event.

This program is free.

To register click here.  This link will take you to The Connecticut Forest & Park Association website.  All registrations must be made through their website.

Visit the Connecticut Forest & Park Association website for more information and events.

 

Dynamic Detritivores

Saturday, June 8
10:30 -11:30 a.m.

Detritus! What in the world is that? The salt marsh on site at the Coastal Center is your lab to learning about detritus and the critters that feast on this key component of the ecosystem. Explore fiddler crab tunnels and spend time catching and releasing these crabs. Nets and buckets provided. A little marsh mud is to be expected so be sure to wear rain boots or shoes that can get wet and muddy! The more mud, the merrier! All ages welcome.

Members $7/child; Non-members $10/child

Pre-registration is required.

Click here to register.

 

Volunteer Naturalist Training Program

Tuesdays: September 3 – November 5
(except for October 1, 8 a.m. -noon)
Registration Deadline: July 1

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Volunteer Naturalist Program provides 40 hours of classroom and field training in four-hour sessions over 10 weeks (see our graduates from 2018). Training programs prepare adults of all experience levels to become naturalists in their communities and to contribute to environmental education and conservation efforts through volunteer service. 

Classes are taught by field experts. The cost is $260 for members and $315 for non-members (includes membership; to become a member, click here). As part of the tuition, participants must be able to contribute 40 hours of volunteer service within the year following the training. To complete the program, please expect to attend every class. Application deadline is July 1. To download the application, click here. To view our flyer, click here.

Classes will be held at each of The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Southwest Region Centers: Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield (September 3, 17; October 8, 15, 29); Birdcraft, 314 Unquowa Road, Fairfield (October 1); and the Coastal Center at Milford Point, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford (September 10, 24; October 22, November 5). For more information call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 or email Program Coordinator Colleen Noyes.

 

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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