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Kate Reamer is Named Director of the Center at Glastonbury

Michelle Eckman, left, welcomes Kate Reamer as the new director of the Center at Glastonbury. Connecticut Audubon photo by Lea Kessler Shaw.

Please welcome Kate Reamer as the new director of the Center at Glastonbury!

Kate, a Glastonbury resident with extensive experience in outdoor environmental education, replaces Michelle Eckman, who has held the position on an interim basis for two years. Michelle will be returning to her position as Connecticut Audubon’s education director.

Kate will be working part-time until September 4, 2018. Until then, she will be in the center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Kate spent many years teaching and managing environmental education programs along the east coast before moving to Glastonbury nine years ago with her husband to raise their two daughters.

She has a degree in marine biology from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island and has taught outdoor education programs in the Florida Keys, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Rhode Island. 

Before she moved to Glastonbury, Kate was the Director of the Ocean State Environmental Education Collaborative AmeriCorps Program in Providence, where she managed a team of AmeriCorps members trained to teach environmental education programs in Rhode Island’s cities. 

She spent this past year volunteering at the Center at Glastonbury as the volunteer coordinator. Kate has also been on the board of the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association and the Connecticut Outdoor & Environmental Education Association.



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Note that group sizes are limited and popular sessions fill up early.


Give the Gift of a Lifetime Experience: Help Kids Get to Camp!

Thanks to an anonymous donor, 20 kids from Hartford can spend the summer exploring, learning, and having fun at the Center at Glastonbury’s Summer Day Camp.

Unfortunately, without your help, they won’t be able to get here!

The camperships don’t cover transportation, and our previous low-cost arrangement for shuttling campers from Hartford to Glastonbury fell through at the last minute. 

For these 20 kids, that’s a big problem. They’re about to lose out on the chance to spend 15 hours in the woods each week!

Your gift of any size will help. We need to raise $3,000 to rent a van to shuttle the campers from Hartford and back.


Making a donation will give you the satisfaction of knowing you helped an inner-city kid spend time in the woods. In return, we will share with you photos and stories about the summer adventures that you helped make possible.

Your contribution to our Summer Camp Transportation Fund is tax deductible. Select “Center at Glastonbury” from the drop-down Gift Designation menu and add “Camp Van” to the comments field so that your gift is directed correctly.

Thank you!


General Information

Located near the Connecticut River, the Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury has taken full advantage of its unique location since its opening in 1982. This Center promotes awareness of the Connecticut River ecosystem and the birds and habitats it supports, to foster their preservation through education and related activities.

The Center’s 4,000 square-foot facility offers environmental education programs and events throughout the year for children and adults.

Visitors will find hands-on exhibits, wildlife mounts, interpretive natural history exhibits, a bird-watching station, small live animals, a reference library and a nature store. The grounds surrounding the Center contain the Four Seasons Wildlife Garden, an aviary housing our non-releasable raptors, bird feeders and a picnic area.

The Center is adjacent to the 48-acre town-owned Earle Park, with its forest trails and scenic vistas of Tom’s Pond, meadows, and bluffs overlooking Holland Brook, and culminating at the Connecticut River. The park is home to a maturing forest of beech, tulip, and red oak trees and contains the state champion bitternut hickory tree. There are trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding (trail maps are available).


Connecticut Audubon’s Education Director named to Senator Murphy’s advisory council

CAS Education Director Michelle Eckman, center, helps students identify a specimen. Photo Copyright Connecticut Audubon Society

April 30, 2018 – Michelle Eckman, the Connecticut Audubon Society’s director of education and interim director of the Center at Glastonbury, has been selected by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy for a citizens’ advisory panel on conservation.

As a member of the new Land Conservation in Connecticut Council, Eckman will meet with Murphy quarterly in Hartford to give him and his staff feedback on how he can help open space preservation in Connecticut at the federal level. The 15-person group, which will hold its first meeting in January, will also generate ideas for potential bills for the senator to introduce.

Murphy launched a group of economic advisory councils this month to hear directly from local community leaders to help make progress on various Connecticut priorities in Congress. Murphy invited local experts, business owners, advocates, and others to join these councils. He and his staff will take their feedback and ideas back to Washington.

“Every day, I’m grateful for the feedback I get from Connecticut residents — their diverse opinions and advice make me be a better advocate and a better senator,” Murphy said. “I set up these Economic Advisory Councils to make sure my staff and I are hearing firsthand about the local issues affecting people’s bottom lines across the state.”

As Connecticut Audubon’s director of education, Eckman collaborates with Connecticut Audubon Society staff, local schools and school systems to develop and promote Science in Nature, an outdoor science education program for K-12 students. Her goal is to reach the majority of K-12 students, particularly from Title I schools, in each of our center’s geographical areas.

Eckman joined Connecticut Audubon in 2012. She was an avian field biologist for 15 years before dedicating her career to environmental education. Since then, she has taught middle school science in New Mexico and spent five years as the education manager and director of education for the National Audubon Society’s Mitchell Lake Audubon Center in San Antonio, TX. Eckman was awarded the Tamar Chotzen Educator of the Year award from the National Audubon Society in 2010.

She earned her B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. and her M.S. in Biology from New Mexico State University where she was a National Science Foundation GK12 Fellow. She lives in Bridgeport.


Do Not Bring Distressed Wildlife to Connecticut Audubon

If you care, leave it there is usually the best thing you can do for a bird or animal that appears distressed but shows no visible sign of physical injury.

But if it is injured, it may need help.

However, do NOT bring any wildlife to The Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury or any other Connecticut Audubon facility.

We are neither licensed, trained nor equipped to care for it. Leaving an injured animal on our doorstep when we are closed gives it a probable death sentence.

Instead, click here and here to learn how to give it its best chance for survival.

Click here and here for more wildlife info from the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection’s Wildlife Division.


Glastonbury’s Outdoor Aviary Is Home to these Raptors

Cookie. Photo by Carol Welsh/CW Photography

Cookie, a Barred Owl who was hit by a car and has blurred vision.

Barred Owls measure about 17-24 inches, weigh just under two pounds, eat small mammals and live in suburban neighborhoods and dense woods in the eastern United States and Canada.

Trinity, a Red-tailed Hawk who lost the use of one ear and one eye when hit by a car.

Red-tailed Hawks measure 18-26 inches, weigh about 3.5 pounds, eat birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and amphibians ,and live in scrub desert, grasslands, farm fields, pastures, parks, woodlands & tropical rain forests in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America.

Buddy, a Broad-winged Hawk who lost part of a wing when hit by a car.

Broad-winged hawks measure 15-17 inches, weigh 9-20 pounds, eat small mammals, amphibians and insects, and live in forests in eastern United States, most of southern Canada, the pacific slope of southern Mexico, Central America and northern South America.

You may observe them during any daylight hours, whether our Center is open or not.


Earle Park – Right Outside Our Door

Science-in-Nature Class Observing Tom’s Pond @Earle Park

The Town of Glastonbury’s Earle Park, with its pond and 2 miles of trails, runs from our Center to the Connecticut river and is open daily from dawn to dusk.  Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome.  On a kiosk between our entrance and the park are trail maps which may be borrowed for use while you are hiking or, if you wish to plan ahead, you may click here to download a printable copy.  For more details about the park’s features, click here for our guide for group leaders.

The park has 49.7 acres and 2 miles of trails.  It was previously used by the Glastonbury Pony Club and they continue to use it for their trail riding events.  It is named in memory of Dr. B. Baylis Earle and his family, the previous owners.  Before 1900 it was used as a farm.  Most trees are no older than this. 

The adjacent Old Church Cemetery was established in 1823; click here for photos.  The dirt dug from the graves was dumped along side the cemetery, creating the embankment where the trail runs.
It is a popular place – people are dying to get in there!
How many people are dead in there?   All of them!


Woodpeckers: Damage, Prevention and Control

Woodpecker damage is a wide-spread problem, not just here in the Glastonbury area.  Unfortunately we know of no sure-fire solutions, but check these sources for further information:

CT DEEP “Dealing with Woodpecker Problems:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology researchers’ findings about why the birds may have selected your house and possible deterrents:



Dan Miller, Winner of the Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award

Dan Miller with Glastonbury Center Director Michelle Eckman.

The Connecticut Audubon Society presented Dan Miller, a longtime volunteer at the Center at Glastonbury, with its Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award, at its annual meeting on Oct. 15 in Sherman, Conn.

He was one of four honorees this year.

Dan has spent the past nine years volunteering roughly 4,620 hours at the Center at Glastonbury. You can read more about it here.


From I-84 in East Hartford: Take Exit 55/Route 2 East to Route 17 Exit (Portland/South Glastonbury). Our Center is on the right, 2.5 miles from the exit.

From I-91 North: Take Exit 25 to Putnam Bridge/Route 3. Follow Route 3 over the Connecticut River to Route 2 East. Move quickly into the left lane to take the Route 17 Exit (Portland/South Glastonbury). Our Center is on the right, 2.5 miles from the exit.

From I-91 South: Take Exit 25N to Putnam Bridge/Route 3. Follow Route 3 over the Connecticut River to Route 2 East. Move quickly into the left lane to take the Route 17 Exit (Portland/South Glastonbury). Our Center is on the right, 2.5 miles from the exit.

From Middletown: Go east on Route 66 to Route 17 North. Follow through South Glastonbury. Our Center is on the left.

From Marlborough and Southeast: Take Route 2 West to Exit 10. Turn left, then turn right at first stop sign. At first stop light, turn left onto Chestnut Hill Road. Follow for 3 miles to Main Street. Turn right onto Main Street. Our Center is ¼ mile on the left.




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