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News & Visitor Information at the Center at Pomfret

COVID-19 UPDATE

Although we are staffed, the Center at Pomfret remains closed to the public due to the pandemic. Feel free to contact us via email sheminway@ctaudubon.org and/or phone (860)-928-4948. If you are interested in shopping at our nature store, we are scheduling store appointments (mask required) as well as curbside pick-up. Thank you for understanding, enjoy our trails and stay well.

2020 Birdathon Prize Winners

June 1, 2020 — We send our congratulations to the winners of the various prizes in the 2020 Migration Madness Birdathon. And just as importantly, we send our thanks to all the participants. A special “thank you” to the three Migration Madness Sponsors: Oak Lawn Cemetery and Arboretum, the Aquarion Water Company, and Keith Mueller Bird Carvings.

SCHOOLS
Most School Spirit (school with most active participants on Friday)
Winner: The Fairfield Ludlowe High School Falcons
Prize: Live Birds of Prey Program via Zoom

Red-heading Woodpecker carving, by Keith Mueller.

ADULTS: (18+)
Most Species Seen in Your Neighborhood (5 mile radius)
Winner: Frank Mantlik, 113 species
Prize: David Stumpo Print

Most Species Seen Over the Weekend
Winner: Tina Green, 175 species
Prize: Keith Mueller bird carving

Most Money Raised
Winner: Frank Mantlik, $2512
Prize: Patrick Lynch Print

Most Money Raised by a First-Time Participant
Winner: Ann Rowan, $460.
Prize: A day of birding with Milan Bull and/or Patrick Comins

Most Participants Recruited
Winner: Frank Mantlik, 34
Prize: A day of birding with Milan Bull and/or Patrick Comins

YOUNG BIRDER (individual under 18)
Most species seen over weekend in your neighborhood (5-mile radius).
Winner: Avery Cotton, 13 years old
Prize: A day of birding with Milan Bull and/or Patrick Comins

FAMILY
Most species seen by family in their neighborhood (5 mile radius)
The Holton Family, led by 15-year-old Eli Holton. 144.
Prize: A day of birding with Patrick Comins or Miley Bull

Most Money Raised by a family. Winner:
Winner: Kelly Siranko & family, $650
Prize: Connecticut Audubon Bag of Swag and family membership

PHOTO CONTEST
Best Photo Taken all Weekend
View the winning photos here!

First place
Elizabeth Jaffin, Common Yellowthroat
Prize: Patrick Lynch Print

Second place
Tomas Koeck, Night Heron
Prize: $25 REI gift certificate & a book from Connecticut Audubon’s collection.

Third place
Christina Cole, Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Prize Connecticut Audubon Bag of Swag & Connecticut Audubon membership

Young Birder Photo: (17 years old and younger)
First Place, Young Birder
Bobolink, by Eli Holton, 15 years old
Prize: Patrick Lynch Print

Second Place,  Young Birder
Tree Swallow, by Rene Gentes
Prize $25 REI gift certificate & a book from Connecticut Audubon’s collection.

Sponsors

Walk Our Trails!

The Bafflin Sanctuary remains open to the public from dawn to dusk.
To minimize wildlife disturbance, we ask all walkers to stay on designated trails.

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.

 

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.

Master Naturalist Volunteer Training

Please Note: Due to COVID concerns, program to run from July 21 thru September.

Have you always wanted to learn more about the natural sciences? Want to volunteer at the Center? With 40 hours (ten four-hour sessions) of training, this may be the program for you. Registration is limited to 15 people.

 

Click here for the course outline   |   Click here for the application

“Perfect Spot to Commune with Nature”

Center at PomfretHuffPost.com has compiled a list of “15 Perfect Spots in Northeast USA to Commune with Nature” and we are thrilled to let you know that the Center at Pomfret/Bafflin Sanctuary” in number 4.

Read it here.

It’s even more impressive than it seems because the authors consider Maryland and Virginia to be the “Northeast.”

Bottom line though is that of the 15 Perfect Places, only four are in New England. We’re one of them!

 


Birds Seen This Week

Parula Warbler, American Redstart, Pine Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Belted Kingfisher, Red-eyed Vireo, Red-shouldered Hawk, Savannah Sparrow, Bobolink, Bluebird, Ovenbird, Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Towhee, Barn Swallow, Chimney Swift

 

Birds This Month 

Birds You Can Expect to See in September

 

 

Don’t miss our digital David Stumpo
watercolor exhibit!
Click here to see it.

 


 

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.

 

 

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Bird Walks and Programs

For more bird walks check the Trail Wood page  


* NOTE:  All Bird Walks are Limited to 6 people.

Andy will contact you regarding the location to meet.

** You MUST REGISTER by emailing arzeznikiewicz@ctaudubon.org and include:

Name

Phone Number

Date & Title of Bird Walk

Number of people in your party.

All must wear a mask.

 

Bird Banding Demonstrations
Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8 a.m.

Watch Andy Rzeznikiewicz and fellow bird bander’s capture and band numerous birds. You may even get to release a bird or two. Each session should produce different bird species, as the migration progresses. Overcast days are the best conditions for catching the most birds. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Guided Bird Walks
September 30 at 8 a.m.

Join Andy as he points out various bird species. Bring binoculars and wear drab colored clothing.  We will visit various locations around the sanctuary looking for concentrations of birds. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

 

FULL
Gellert Preserve Bird Walk
Monday, September 28 at 8 a.m.

This is the prime time to find fall warblers, vireos, and hawks. This preserve has large fields and is located on a hilltop, so migrating birds should be plentiful. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

FULL
Bull Hill Bird Walk
Tuesday, September 29 at 8 a.m.

This is a great location to enjoy the fall migration. Previously at this time of year we found many migrating warblers and kinglets – including Cape May, Nashville and Orange-crowned Warblers!  We may observe hawks at the scenic overlook, if weather conditions are right! Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

Bird Banding Demo
Saturday, October 3 at 8 a.m.

Watch Andy Rzeznikiewicz and fellow bird banders capture and band numerous migrating birds. You will even get to release a bird or two. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Bull Hill Bird Walk
Sunday, October 4 at 8 a.m.

This is the prime time to find migrating fall warblers, vireos, and hawks. In the past we found many migrating warblers and kinglets, including Cape May, Nashville and Orange-crowned Warblers! We might also observe migrating hawks at the scenic overlook, if the weather conditions are right! Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members. Limit 6 people.

Tuesday Morning Bird Walks
October 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 8 a.m.

Meet at the Ct Audubon Center.  We’ll visit several areas looking for hotspots to find various bird species. Meet at the Center, 218 Day Road in Pomfret. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members. Limit 6 people.

New Wyndham Land Trust Preserve Bird Walk
Thursday, October 8 at 8 a.m.

This new preserve in Pomfret can only be accessed with approved guides, due to the sensitive nature of the property. Meet at the Center, 218 Day Road in Pomfret, and we’ll drive from there.  Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members. Limit 6 people.

Plainfield Fish Hatchery Bird Walks
Saturday, October 10 at 8 a.m.
Wednesday, October 28 at 8 a.m.

This large varied habitat is one of the top locations in Windham County to find numerous types of birds. Register early, this is a popular walk. Meet in the parking lot at the Quinebaug Valley Trout Hatchery in Central Village. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members. Limit 6 people.

Screech Owl Night Hike
Saturday, October 10 at 7 p.m.

We will hike the sanctuary in the dark looking for screech owls and other owls. This is a moderately difficult hike for people who are comfortable hiking in the dark at a steady pace.  Please call to register. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members. Limit 10 people.

Gellert Preserve Bird Walk
Saturday, October 17 at 8 a.m.

This is the prime time to find migrating fall warblers, vireos, and hawks. The preserve has large fields and is located on a hilltop, so migrating birds should be plentiful. Meet at the end of Ayers Road in Pomfret. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members. Limit 6 people.

Saw-whet Owl Banding
October 24, 30 and 31, at 8 p.m.
November 6 and 7, at 7 p.m.

This exciting program should be a memorable experience. Bring your camera – no flash photography, only the lighting that we put on the bird. We’ll reschedule if inclement weather. If these dates don’t work for you, call 860-928-4948 and leave your name and phone number and we may schedule an additional date. Register early. Limit 10 people per session. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members. 

 

Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program

Winter Tracking / Training Hikes:

These hikes are subject to change due to weather conditions. Full training is six hikes; participants select hikes that suit their schedules. Registration is required. For info, email paulacoughlin@charter.net. Training Fee per hike: $50 CAS members; $60 non-members.

For more information, call 860-928-4948 or contact Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator: paulacoughlin@charter.net. Hike dates subject to change due to weather. 

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 sheminway@ctaudubon.org.

Center at Pomfret, P.O. Box 11, 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259  
860-928-4948 

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.

Directions

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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