News & Visitor Information at the Center at Pomfret
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.
Click here for a trail map.
What to do with “abandoned” or “orphaned” birds
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.
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Focus On Nature – Photography Contest
Exhibit & Sale Extended through September 30th
Birds Seen This Week
Week of September 13, 2021
Wilson’s Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Parula Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Red-shouldered Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Flicker, Eastern Wood Peewee, American Redstart, Bobolink, Eastern Towhee, Song Sparrow
Birds This Month
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
For additional programming in our area consider Trail Wood,
our Edwin Way Teale Sanctuary in Hampton.
Bird Walks and Programs
Tuesday Morning Bird Walks
(Registration NOT necessary.)
Every Tuesday in September and October at 8 a.m.
Join Andy as he points out various bird species. Bring binoculars and wear drab clothing. We’ll visit various locations around the sanctuary looking for concentrations of birds. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.
Register by emailing email@example.com
Include name, phone number, date & title of walk, and number of people. Andy will contact you to confirm.
Gellert Preserve Bird Walk
Thursday, September 30 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
Saturday, October 2 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 also been seen. We might observe hawks at the scenic overlook, if the weather conditions are right. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.
Cabbage Hill Preserve Bird Walk
Saturday, October 16 at 8 a.m.
This new Wyndham Land Trust Preserve in Woodstock is in the northwest part of the Nightingale Forest. This is the first bird walk to this great preserve. It contains a large hayfield on a hill, overgrown Christmas trees, shrubland, beaver pond, swamp and forest. An old cemetery from the early 1800’s in the middle of the forest is enclosed by a fabulous stone wall. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.
Trail Wood Bird Walks
Thursday, Oct. 21 at 8 a.m.
Andy will search for various bird species on these guided walks. Bring binoculars and wear drab clothing. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.
Screech Owl Hike
Saturday, October 9 at 7 p.m. FULL
Come explore the core sanctuary with Andy, calling in Screech Owls and maybe a Barred Owl as well. Last year we encountered a record 9 screech owls, varying in all three phases of red, gray and brown. Recommended for people who can get around well while hiking in the dark on uneven trail conditions. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.
Saw-whet Owl Banding Demonstration
Saturdays, Oct. 23, 30 at 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m.
Observe Andy and his fellow banders as they capture and band migrating Saw-whet Owls. Bring a camera and see these amazing tiny owls up close. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.
Schedule School Field Trips and In-class Programs
Science In Nature School Programs
Want 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Training and monitoring hikes offered throughout the year.
Interested? Find out more during our introductory program on Zoom.
Interested? Find out more during our introductory program on Zoom.
Wildlife Tracking / Training Hike
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 email@example.com.
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.
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