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Center at Pomfret

Center at Pomfret

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.

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.

Master Naturalist Volunteer Training

Tuesdays, April 13 through June 15, 8 a.m. – Noon 

Have you always wanted to learn more about the natural sciences? Want to volunteer at the Center? 

With 40 hours of training (ten four-hour sessions), this may be the program for you. Registration limited. 

Click here for training outline and click here for the application.

 

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.

April Vacation Camp: Hike, Bike & Bio-Blitz!

Tuesday, April 20 – Thursday, April 22
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for ages 8 to 12

For details and registration form click here or call 860-928-4948. 

 

Focus On Nature – Photography Contest

Exhibit & Sale
Sunday, May 2 through
Wednesday, June 30

For Entry Forms and more information, click here.

 

 

 

 


 

Birds Seen This Week

Week of March 29nd 2021

American Woodcock, Tree Swallow, Fox Sparrow, Wood Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, Canada Geese, Wild Turkey, Song Sparrow, Robin, Eastern Bluebird, Red-tailed Hawk, Barred Owl, Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture

 

 

Birds This Month 

Birds You Can Expect to See in April

 

 

 

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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Nature in Focus – Photography Contest 

Coming soon. Watch for updates on contest info and registration details.

 

April Vacation Camp: Hike, Bike & Bio-Blitz!

Tuesday, April 20 – Thursday, April 22
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for ages 8 to 12

For details and registration form click here or call 860-928-4948. 

 

Migration Madness Weekend

May 14, 15, 16:

Join us for the Fourth Annual Migration Madness Birdathon! Watch for sign-up information on the ctaudubon.org website.

Bird Walks and Programs

NOTE! The following bird walks require pre-registration and have attendance limits. Carpools approved with proof of COVID vaccinations. Masks to be worn.

Register by emailing arzeznikiewicz@ctaudubon.org
Include name, phone number, date & title of walk, and number of people. Andy will contact you to confirm.

EARLY MORNING BIRD WALKS
Every Tuesday in April & May, 8 a.m.
(..except May 18 – no walk)
No pre-registration required.

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: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Virginia Rail Bird Walk
Friday, April 30, 6 p.m.

The goal is to hear and observe a Virginia Rail. We also will look for other species of birds.
Possibilities of interest include the Common Snipe and Vesper Sparrow. Limit 10 people.
Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Beginners Bird Walk
Saturday, May 1, 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, Blue-winged, and Black and white warblers. Limit 8 people.
Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Freidman Forest Bird Walk
Thursday, May 6, 8 a.m.

We’ll explore this fantastic Joshua’s Trust preserve and likely find Cerulean Warblers and Worm-eating Warblers! Limit 7 people. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

Sugar Brook Bird Walk
Friday, May 7, 8 a.m.

This State-owned property contains fields, meadows, swamp, pine forest and river frontage.
Expect to see Pine Warblers, Orchard Orioles, Field Sparrows and Blue-winged Warblers. Limit 7 people. Fee: $20 members; $30 non-members.

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

Meet at the Center and we’ll carpool to the Long Pond Preserve in Thompson, just south of Webster Lake. 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. Limit 7 people. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

Mother’s Day Bird Walk
Sunday, May 9, 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. Limit 10 people.
Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members; Mothers Free!

Nightingale Forest SOUTH Bird Walk
Monday, May 10, 8 a.m.

This Wyndham Land Trust preserve in Pomfret can only be accessed with approved guides and special permission. We should encounter birds like Winter Wren, Brown Creeper, Chestnut-sided Warbler and Hermit Thrush. Limit 7 people. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

Gellert Preserve Bird Walk
Friday, May 14, 8 a.m.

This Wyndham Land Trust preserve has a variety of habitats including field, shrub land and woodland. Birds to watch for include Prairie Warbler, Indigo Bunting, Blue-winged Warbler and Scarlet Tanager. Limit 7 people. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

20 Warbler Day (12th Annual)
Saturday, May 15, 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

We will search for 20 species of warblers in one day, carpooling to numerous locations. Help us beat our record of finding 21 species!
Limit 12 people. Fee: $25 CAS members; $50 non-members.

Bafflin Bird Walk
Sunday, May 16, 8 a.m.

Peak migration is going strong at this time. We’ll go where the best morning viewing spots are. Limit 10 people. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Bull Hill Bird Walk
Monday, May 17, 8 a.m.

We’ll meet at the Center and carpool to this forest on the Woodstock/Thompson line.
Indigo Bunting, Prairie Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, and Northern Waterthrush are some expected species. Limit 7 people. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

90 Bird Day (16th Annual)
Wednesday, May 19, 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The goal is to hear or see at least 90 species of birds in less than ten hours. We’ll visit many locations within a 10-mile radius of the Center. Bring a lunch, drinks, and snacks. Limit 12 people. Fee: $25 CAS members; $50 non-members.

Nightingale Forest NORTH Bird Walk
Friday, May 21, 8 a.m.
Sunday, May 30, 8 a.m.

Explore this newly preserved Wyndham Land Trust area. Expect to see Black-throated Blue Warblers, Canada Warblers, and Broad-winged Hawks. Limit 7 people. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

Bird Banding Demonstration
Saturday, May 22, 9 a.m.

Watch Andy and 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. Limit 12 people. Register by emailing arzeznikiewicz@ctaudubon.orgFee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Boston Hollow Bird Walk
Sunday, May 23, 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. Limit 10 people. Fee: $7 CAS members; $12 non-members.

Chaney Preserve Bird Walk
Monday, May 24, 9 a.m.

Explore this CAS preserve in the Oakdale section of Montville, encompassing a 10- acre clear cut, large stands of mountain laurel and mature forest. Hooded Warbler, Indigo Bunting, Acadian Flycatcher and Rose-breasted Grosbeak could be seen. Limit 7 people.
Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

Natchaug Forest Bird Walk
Friday, May 28, 8 a.m.

We’ll carpool along the dirt roads, stopping at strategic spots to find various birds.
You can expect to see Cerulean Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush.
Limit 7 people. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

Pumpkin Hill Bird Walk
Saturday, May 29, 8 a.m.
Tuesday, June 22, 8 a.m.

This is a fantastic location for exploring and bird watching. We’ll look for Worm-eating Warblers, Cerulean Warblers, Prairie Warblers and even one or both cuckoo species. Limit 7 people. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

Nipmuck Forest Bird Walk
Saturday, June 12, 8 a.m.

Explore this large forest interior block in northwest Woodstock. Most likely we’ll find nesting Brown Creepers, Winter Wrens, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Pine Warblers and Black-throated Green Warblers. Limit 7 people. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 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 sheminway@ctaudubon.org.

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

Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program

Become a Citizen Science Volunteer Wildlife Monitor.

Training and monitoring hikes offered throughout the year.
Interested? Find out more during our introductory program on Zoom.

Wildlife Tracking / Training Hike
Date TBD.

Our teams of trained volunteers monitor study sites quarterly to collect wildlife conservation data. Hikes are subject to change due to weather. Full training is six hikes; select seasonal hikes that suit your schedule. Registration is required. Masks and social distancing practices apply. Training fee per hike: $40 CAS members; $60 non-members.

For more information on these two programs and to register, email Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator, at paulacoughlin@charter.net.

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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