Connecticut Audbon Society
Center at Pomfret

Center at Pomfret

News & Visitor Information at the Center at Pomfret




Birds You Can Expect to See in September


Birds Seen This Week:

Flicker, Baltimore Oriole, Wood Duck, American Kestrel, Bobolink, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Catbird, Red-tailed Hawk, Barred Owl, Cooper’s Hawk, Common Nighthawk, Barn Swallow, House Wren, Eastern Wood Peewee, Common Yellowthroat, House Finch, Goldfinch

Walk Our Trails!

The Bafflin Sanctuary open to the public from dawn to dusk.
To minimize wildlife disturbance, we ask all walkers to stay on designated trails.
Click here for a trail map. Click here for trail rules.

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

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 or 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.


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General Information

Photo by Aaron Bourque

Located in Connecticut’s “Quiet Corner,” the Center at Pomfret is surrounded by our 700-acre Bafflin Sanctuary. The Center is a community-based facility offering programming for all ages year round.

The Bafflin Sanctuary is actively managed for grassland, shrubland, and woodland birds, as well as other wildlife ,and is a nationally recognized Important Bird Area. Over 200 species of birds have been observed at Bafflin.

The sanctuary is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk for hiking and birding. Programs at the Center at Pomfret include bird walks, trail hikes, art exhibitions, photography workshops, seasonal workshops and lectures, environmental education programs, and citizen science training and projects. Also offered are after-school nature clubs, summer and school vacation camps (ages pre-K to high-school).

The Center manages Trail Wood in Hampton. Formerly the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning nature writer Edwin Way Teale, the 168-acre sanctuary now offers well-developed trails and programming for adults, families, and children. Visitors may view the small museum on the property as well as his writing cabin. Museum visits are by appointment only. The sanctuary is open year round from dawn to dusk for hiking and birding.

Download the Bafflin Sanctuary Rules

Download more information about our center and its green features.

For additional programming in our area consider Trail Wood,
our Edwin Way Teale Sanctuary in Hampton.




Bird Walks and Programs

Tuesday Morning Bird Walks
Every Tuesday in September and October at 8 a.m. (No registration required.)

Join Andy as he points out various bird species. We’ll visit various locations around the sanctuary looking for concentrations of birds. Bring binoculars and wear drab clothing. Meet at the Center. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Please register for the bird programs below
by emailing Include name, phone number, date & title of walk, and number of people. Andy will contact you to confirm.


Bird Banding Demonstrations
Sundays, Sept. 4, 11, 18, & 25 at 8 a.m. 
Sunday, Oct. 2 at 8 a.m.

Watch as Andy Rzeznikiewicz and his team capture and band numerous birds. You may even get to release a bird or two! Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Trail Wood Bird Walks
Thursday, Sept. 15 at 8 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 8 a.m.

Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he points out various bird species. Bring binoculars and wear drab clothing. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Gellert Preserve Bird Walk
Thursday, September 29 at 8 a.m.

This is the prime time to find fall warblers, vireos and hawks. This Wyndham Land Trust preserve has large fields and is located on a hilltop, so migrating birds should be plentiful. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Bull Hill Bird Walk
Wednesday, October 5 at 8 a.m.

Previously during fall migration at this location, we found many migrating warblers and kinglets, including Cape May, Nashville and Orange-crowned Warblers! Gray-cheeked and Swainson’s Thrushes have been seen also. We might observe hawks at the scenic overlook. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Screech Owl Night Hike
Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.

We will hike the sanctuary in the dark of the evening looking for screech owls. This is a moderately difficult hike on uneven terrain. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members. 

Saw-whet Owl Banding Demonstrations
Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.   
Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m.

Observe Andy and fellow banders capture and band migrating Saw-whet Owls. See these amazing tiny owls up close. Bring your camera. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

Owl Walk
Friday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.

Join Andy as he calls in various owl species. Bring binoculars.  Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Schedule School Field Trips and In-class Programs

Attention Teachers!
Science In Nature School Programs

Early- Mid May 2016 031_2Want to add a little excitement to your classroom? Consider one of our in-class science programs. We have one-hour programs for kindergarten through sixth grade. Sample titles include: Winter Tracks, Life Cycles, The Dirt on Soils, Adaptations, Birds and Beaks, Food Chains, Skins and Bones, CSI Aquatic, Winter Birds, and Rockin’ Out, to name a few. Also, consider our four-hour school field trips The Dirt on Soil, Bird Ecology, Scratching the Surface (Geology), Watersheds and Erosion, Native Americans, EcoNiches and Adaptations, and more! The calendar fills up quickly. For more info and scheduling call 860-928-4948 or email Sarah at

Center at Pomfret, P.O. Box 11, 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259  

Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program

Become a Citizen Science Volunteer Wildlife Monitor.

Introduction to Mammal Tracking / Monitoring
Upcoming dates TBA

Get a taste of the tracking experience while learning about our program. Volunteers monitor various sites in CT on the lookout for track and sign of fisher, river otter, mink, moose, black bear, and bobcat. Begin or continue training to become a wildlife monitor by attending training hikes that suit your schedule.

Registration is required. Contact Fee: $25 members/$35 non-members. Monitoring hike locations & dates TBA. Check the webpage for more info and updates.

Special Opportunities

Bird Surveys on Private or Public Property

Sanctuary Manager Andy Rzeznikiewicz is available to conduct bird population surveys and can provide habitat management recommendations for your property. Private property owners, Land Trusts, municipalities or other groups that want an inventory of what bird species are breeding or using their property might be interested in this service. Conservation groups that are evaluating potential land purchases for conservation might find this service helpful as well. The best time of year to conduct nesting bird surveys is May and June. Call for more information: 860-928-4948.

Group Programming

Are you a school, library or other organization serving the community? We’re glad to raise environmental awareness in all contexts! We can bring our wildlife video and bird slide show programs right to you. Call 860-928-4948 for more information on each program.

Private Guided Bird and Nature Walks

Throughout the year, Sanctuary Manager Andy Rzeznikiewicz can take you on a private bird and nature walk geared to your expectations and locations.  Andy can take you to your next life bird, local hot spots, or places he knows to find birds and wildlife for you.  Owl walks and private woodcock watches are very successful in small groups.  This is an excellent gift for that outdoor enthusiast who has everything. Call 860-928-4948 for more information.


From the intersection of Routes 101 and 169, take Route 169 north.

Take your first right onto Day Road. Follow for approximately one mile to stop sign.

Turn right continuing on Day Road. Center less than one quarter mile up on your right.

218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259




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