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Focus On Nature – Photography Contest

Exhibit & sale through April 10

 

In partnership with The Quinebaug Valley Photo Club
Click here for entry form & more information.

Master Naturalist Volunteer Training

ALL MARCH & APRIL EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19.

Tuesdays, March 24 – May 26, 8 a.m. – Noon

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

Common Grackle, Red-winged Blackbird, Carolina Wren, Turkey Vulture, Raven, Woodcock, Mallard, Canada Geese, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Barred Owl, American Tree Sparrow, Junco, Eastern Meadowlark.

 

Birds This Month 

Birds You Can Expect to See in March

 

ALL MARCH AND APRIL EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19.


 

Art Exhibits and Programs

Local Artists: David C. Stumpo and Nancy L. Barrett
Exhibition & Sale April 12 thru May 31

David’s bird-themed watercolor paintings and prints plus Nancy’s nature photography on canvas will be on display for all to enjoy. Free Admission.

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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Migration Madness Weekend

It’s a Bird-a-thon! Join the fun and put your birding knowledge to work. How many birds can you identify over the weekend? Do it on your own, with your kids, or form a team. A great way to get outside and explore Connecticut. Check out our program schedule below.

20 Warbler Day
Friday, May 15, 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
We will search for 20 species of warblers in one day, carpooling to numerous locations. Fee: $20 CAS members; $40 non-members. Register online.

Bird Banding Demonstration
Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m.
Watch our master bird banding crew in action. See birds up close as we gently catch them, record measurements and safely release them. Participants may release a bird.
Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members. Register online.

New Preserve Bird Walk
Sunday, May 17, 8 a.m.
We will be visiting a new Wyndham Land Trust preserve in Eastford or Pomfret; maybe both. The locations will be a surprise. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members. Register online.

Regular Walks

Monday Morning Walks
Now through March 30, 8:30 a.m.

ALL MARCH EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19.

Stretch your legs, breathe in that early morning air and look for signs of wildlife on the Bafflin Sanctuary with Fran and Nate – longtime volunteers, trackers and nature photographers. Bring your camera if you are so inclined. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.

 

Wednesday Noon Walks
thru May 27, Noon 

Join CAS volunteers for fresh air, exercise and good company. Moderate pace on sometimes uneven terrain. Active seniors welcome. Free to CAS members; $3 non-members.

ALL MARCH AND APRIL EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19.

May Dates:
May 6
May 13
May 20
May 27

 

Bird Walks and Programs

 

Early Morning Bird Walks
Tuesdays, March 24 thru May 26, 8 a.m.
ALL MARCH & APRIL EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19.

With access to over 1,650 acres of land, we will seek out a variety of bird species. Wear drab colored clothing and bring binoculars. Spotting scope optional. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

Click to register for:

May Dates:
May 5
May 12
May 19
May 26

Virginia Rail Bird Walk
Friday, May 1, 6 p.m.

The goal is to hear and observe a Virginia Rail. We will also look for other species of birds. Possibilities of interest include the Common Snipe and Vesper Sparrow. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members. Register online.

Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, May 2, 8 a.m.

If you are new to bird watching this is a good weekend to start! Some of the colorful birds are back. Expect to see Yellow warblers, Blue-winged warblers, Black and white warblers. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members. Register online.

Bird Watch for Folks with
Limited Mobility
Thursday, May 7, 8 a.m.

The group will carpool to various locations to observe numerous bird species from the road. If you’ve been reluctant to go on a bird walk due to limited mobility, this is your opportunity. We’ll call the birds to you!
Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members. Register online.

Long Pond Bird Walk
Saturday, May 9, 8 a.m.

Meet here at the Center and we’ll carpool to the Long Pond Preserve in Thompson. This property contains early successional habitat, mature conifer forest, a secluded 20 acre lake, and acres of submerged shrub lands. Migrants and nesting species such as Prairie Warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings and more might be seen. Fee: $7 CAS members; $10 non-members. Register online.

Mother’s Day Bird Walk
Sunday, May 10, 8 a.m.

Bring your mother or grandmother out to see the assorted colorful birds of spring. Species found this time of year include Bobolinks and Scarlet Tanagers. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members; Mothers Free! Register online.

Afternoon Bird Walk
Tuesday, May 12, 5 p.m.

This time of year is typically the peak of the spring bird migration, so any sighting is possible. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members. Register online.

90 Bird Day (15th Annual)
Wednesday, May 20, 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The goal is to hear or see at least 90 species of birds in nine hours or less. We’ll be visiting many locations within a 10-mile radius. Bring a lunch, drinks, and a snack. Fee: $20 CAS members; $40 non-members. Register online.

Bull Hill Bird Walk
Saturday, May 23, 8 a.m.

We’ll meet at Center and carpool to Thompson. Indigo Bunting, Prairie Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, and Northern Waterthrush are some of the expected species. Fee: $7 CAS members; $12 non-members. Register online.

Boston Hollow Bird Watch
Saturday, May 30, 8 a.m.

We’ll explore the Boston Hollow area of Ashford. Much of the land is owned by Yale. It is a unique area with a Northern forest feel. We will bird from the road in most cases. Fee: $7 CAS members; $12 non-members. Register online.

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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