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Center at Fairfield

Center at Fairfield

News & Visitor Information at the Center at Fairfield

Because of concerns about COVID-19, the Center building is closed and all indoor and outdoor programs are cancelled until further notice. For Summer Camp information, click here. Connecticut Audubon sanctuaries are open for hiking. Please keep a distance of at least 6 feet from other hikers and birders. We will be continually re-evaluating the situation and make decisions accordingly. The Nature Store is also closed, however, click here for purchasing information.

 

What to do with “abandoned” or “orphaned” birds

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

The CT DEEP has excellent advice for what to do if you find an “orphaned” bird. Click this link. Photo by Stephanie Galea/The Connecticut Audubon Society

May 6, 2020 — Have you found an abandoned bird?

Birds and other wildlife that seem to be abandoned or orphaned at this time of year often are not actually abandoned orphaned.

The Connecticut DEEP has advice about what to do if you find a bird that you think is abandoned. There are several alternatives.

Click here to learn about them.

Please do not bring injured or orphaned animals to any Connecticut Audubon Society facility. Connecticut Audubon is not authorized to accept injured or abandoned animals.

But if it is obviously injured, it may need help. The CT DEEP has more information here about dealing with distressed wildlife.

 

Join Connecticut Audubon’s Dr. Science to Discover, Uncover and Explore

In this new video series, Connecticut Audubon’s Dr. Science will take us into sanctuaries and on trails to help us examine nature up close.

During these fun investigations of the natural world, children will discover how different habitats are coming to life in the spring season — right outside our doors! Uncover the mysteries of wildlife not always visible to untrained eyes. Explore the woods, fields, ponds and shore to learn fun facts about native animals and plants, and how we can protect and enjoy our world responsibly, without leaving a trace.

Did you know that skunk cabbage generates heat? Find out in Episode 1: Skunk Cabbage, featured above.

See below for more Dr. Science adventures:
Episode 2: Estuaries, click here.
Episode 3: Beach Grass, click here.
Episode 4: Rockweed, click here.
Episode 5: Mud Snails, click here.
Episode 6: Bivalves, click here.
Episode 7: The Great Blue Heron, click here.
Episode 8: Life Under a Log, click here.
Episode 9: The Wood Frog Story, click here.
Episode 10: Owl Pellets, click here.
Episode 10: Dandelions, click here.
Episode 11: Sunbathing Snakes, click here. NEW!

Stay tuned for more episodes of Dr. Science and see the natural world in whole new way!

 

Adirondack Night 2020 – A “Howling” Success

Photos by Mike Lauterborn, Fairfield HamletHub

The Center at Fairfield sincerely appreciates all who made this year’s Adirondack Night – Howl at the Moon, a great success, on Saturday, March 7. Under a nearly full super moon, the Center was once again transformed into a rustic mountain lodge for this festive annual fundraiser. (Click here for more photos by Mike Lauterborn.)

Contributing to the evening’s success were live and silent auctions, as well as an online auction hosted by Black Rock Galleries of Bridgeport. The auction is open for bidding, but will begin to close out on Monday, March 16, so be sure to get your bid in!

Thanks to the hard work and support of many members, friends and community contributors, over $46,000 was raised. An important highlight of the evening was the launch of the Adirondack Night Annual Giving Appeal. There are many underserved children in the area who have never set foot in a nature center. Supporting this appeal will enable more of them to have the life-changing experience of leaving their classrooms to participate in field-based STEM programs that help them build life-long connections to the natural world.

A hearty “thank you” to all our Adirondack Night guests, supporters and volunteers, including event sponsor, Andy Montelli, of Post Road Residential.

 

Summer Camp

After careful consideration for the safety of our campers and our staff, we made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person camps for the summer.

Please understand that we do not make this decision lightly. We know how important summer camp is for our camp families and we want nothing more than to be able to provide a safe and fun space for your children to gather this summer. The decision to close camp is based on current restrictions put in place by the state. We believe we will not be able to operate camp in a way that would keep campers safe and healthy while also provide them with a fulfilling experience.

We will be offering alternative programming for your children this summer that will combine live, virtual and interactive instruction from our experienced Camp Directors and staff along with outdoor and indoor projects and activities for campers to do at home. Stay tuned for more details to follow.

To visit our Summer Camp page, click here.

 

Mobile App

Explore our centers and sanctuaries on your mobile device

Soar through our centers and sanctuaries with this free app, which highlights unique and interesting features at each stop. Take one of our tours while you’re onsite or plan ahead with detailed directions and maps to your nearest Connecticut Audubon location.

Features include:

  • Tours of our Centers and Sanctuaries
  • Bird IDs with photos and descriptions
  • Tips on how to create a native garden for birds and pollinators
  • Interactive maps

 

 

For Android and other non-Apple devices, visit the web-based app. Software platform © Cuseum, Inc.

 

This App was made possible by Planet Fuel Charitable Fund.

Fall 2019 Master Naturalists Complete Training

Fall 2019 Naturalist Training Program graduates: Harlan Bass, Burt Boardman, Kori Bria, Mary Compton, Gladys Deutsch, Steve Floman, Bowman Garrett, Asha Ghosh, Mary T. Hadley, Florence Howell, Karin Layton, Gail Link, Karen Lovequist, Dennis McKeon, Patricia Negro, Mary Ann Raph, Amelie Sanchez, Stewart Schenck, Karen Schnitzer, Cassandra Schulz, Jennifer Silberger, Theo Smigelski, Christopher Veale, Nicholas Veikos and Danielle Vogel.

Graduates will serve as local environmental stewards through volunteer service.

This fall, a class of 25 nature enthusiasts undertook more than 40 hours of classroom and hands-on field investigation to complete The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Naturalist Training Program in Southwestern Connecticut.

Participants came from 19 communities throughout the state, for 10 weeks of classes taught by environmental education and conservation professionals and experts. To study the ecology, biodiversity and conservation needs of varied ecosystems, the weekly sessions took advantage of Connecticut Audubon’s diverse geography and, depending on the weekly topic, met at one of three different locations: the Center at Fairfield and Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary in Fairfield, and the Coastal Center in Milford. Among the course subjects covered were: plant and bird identification, geology of Connecticut, herpetology, mammalogy, marine ecosystems and climate change.

Graduates will apply their knowledge and skills in different volunteer capacities at of Connecticut Audubon’s nature sanctuaries or facilities.

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The Enchanted Forest: Annual Halloween Fun For All Ages

Whooo had a good time at the Enchanted Forest? Everyone! At this year’s nature-themed event at the Center at Fairfield, many families had fun during this seasonal Halloween “treat.” Click here for more coverage, including the guided luminary walks, owl ambassadors, science experiments, campfire stories and more activities which guests enjoyed. Thank you to our volunteers and all who came to support it! 

For upcoming Center at Fairfield activities, visit our Programs and Events page.

*Video and photo courtesy of Kicker Pictures/Connor Rog and Experience Fairfield.

 

 

Fall Nature Festival A Great Success!

Thank you to the community for coming out to support the Center at Fairfield’s Fall Nature Festival Weekend — celebrating over a century of conservation.

The evening reception held on Friday, October 4, was a great success thanks to the dedicated committee, Connecticut Audubon Society members, our generous sponsors and special guest James Prosek. Highlights included a notable exhibition and sale of John James Audubon Amsterdam Edition Prints, and a special tribute to Linda Morgens, honoring her years of commitment and volunteer service. Click here to read the article in the Fairfield Citizen. Many of the Audubon prints are still available for purchase and the catalog can be viewed here. For further information on availability and to arrange a private viewing, please email the Center’s Nature Store or call 203-259-6305 ext. 109. 

Saturday’s Family Fun Day brought many new and returning visitors to Burr Street on a beautiful fall day. Enthusiastic support from the Fairfield and Redding Area Chapters of the National Charity League, and our naturalist volunteers helped make the afternoon of nature-themed events and activities entertaining and engaging for all ages! Thanks also to Alene’s Ice Cream Truck, Snappy Dawgs and East Coast Pizza Truck for joining the celebration.

Center Director Shari Greenblatt was gratified by the participation and turnout saying, “The Fall Nature Festival was a great opportunity to strengthen support and increase visibility of our conservation and environmental education programs in Fairfield.”

 

Fall Nature Festival Photos: Evening Reception & Family Fun Day
(Evening reception photos: Mike Lauterborn, Hamlet Hub)

 

The Connecticut Audubon Society is Recognized as One of the Top 20 Places in Fairfield County to Take Kids

In KidsOutAndAbout.com’s recently released annual survey, The Connecticut Audubon Society was once again selected from hundreds of choices as being one of the top 20 kid and family destinations in the Fairfield County area.

We wish to thank all those who voted and support our efforts in managing 20 wildlife sanctuaries around the state, preserving over 3,000 acres of open space in Connecticut and educating over 100,000 children and adults annually at their seven centers throughout the state.

 

 

General Information

The Center at Fairfield is a hub of environmental education activities and events throughout the year. It adjoins the 155-acre Roy and Margot Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary, offering visitors seven miles of walking trails, including a 1-mile wheelchair accessible trail.

The grounds also feature a butterfly garden and live birds of prey compound. The Center has live education animals, exhibit areas and a Nature Store with a wide variety of birding and nature-related merchandise.

Trails are open year-round, seven days a week from dawn to dusk. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Larsen Sanctuary Bird Checklist – download the checklist.
Larsen Sanctuary trail map – click here.

 

Wish List

Dishwasher – gently used no larger than 23 wide by 24 deep.
If you would like to donate a dishwasher, please all 203-259-6305 ext. 109.

Animal Care requests (please call 203-259-6305 ext. 116):

  • 75 gallon aquarium stand
  • 100 foot garden hose
  • Pump style hand sprayer
  • Water dechlorinator 32 ounce
  • Timothy hay
  • Guinea Pig food (Supreme Selective diet)
  • Carefresh paper small animal bedding
  • Used bath towels
  • Newspaper
  • Raptor rig – call for details

 

Visit Our Fairy Garden!

There’s a lot of activity in the green house… little voices chattering with delight as they search for fairies, tiny pigs and ponies in the Fairy Garden exhibit.  This teeny garden of whimsy is a miniature landscape.  Small-scale plants, foliage that looks like mini forest trees and teensy accessories gIMG_1366ive the illusion of tiny creatures living in the garden.

This charming garden was created by Master Gardeners Anne Mele, Mary Hogue and Kristine Scerbo with the assistance of green house volunteer Jessie Linderoth.

Fairy gardens are often located in small secluded areas in the garden, giving visitors the impression that they just happen to fall upon this magical place.  So come, stumble upon our Fairy Garden, you’re sure to find magic here! 

The Fairy Garden is located in the greenhouse at Center at Fairfield and is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Directions

From I-95: Take Exit 21 Mill Plain Road. Go north on Mill Plain Road for 4.5 miles (Mill Plain Road becomes Burr Street). The Center is on the left.

From the Merritt Parkway: Take Exit 44 Route 58. Northbound: Turn right onto Congress Street at the end of the ramp. Proceed to the first stop sign. Turn right onto Burr Street. The Center is approximately 1 mile along on the left. Southbound: Turn left at the light at the bottom of the ramp, and turn left at the next light onto Route 58. Go under the bridge, and turn right at the light onto Congress Street. Proceed to the first stop sign. Turn right onto Burr Street. The Center is approximately 1 mile along on the left.

From I-84: Take Routes 8 or 25 or I-91 to the Merritt Parkway, and follow the directions, above.

 

 

 

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