News & Visitor Information at the Center at Pomfret
Annual Holiday Nature Store
Open Daily thru Dec. 23,
Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. & Sunday, 12 – 4 p.m.
A large selection of local goods and unique items will be offered for your shopping pleasure. Gifts for all ages with Mother Nature in mind. We will have bird feeders & houses, gardening gifts, games, puzzles, field guides, holiday decorations, handmade evergreen sprays, jewelry, and much more. Stock changes daily. You never know what treasures you may find!
Meet Pam Lefferts and her Opossum Educational Ambassadors at their book signing.
Saturday, December 4 at 1 p.m. (Admission is free.)
Co-founder of Ferncroft Wildlife Rescue and newly minted children’s author, Pam will sign her book From Pouch to Couch: Why Lavender the Opossum Lives in a House. Located in Woodstock, CT, Ferncroft specializes in opossum rehabilitation and release. Lavender, however, was non-releasable due to the nature of her injuries. In the book, written from her point of view, Lavender shares how, after her rescue as a two-ounce joey (baby), she came to live in a house and become an educational ambassador. Pam comments, “One of the main reasons I wrote the book is that I wanted children who meet our opossums to understand wild animals are not pets. As licensed wildlife rehabilitators, we are permitted to keep them only because they are unable to survive in the wild. There is a balance throughout the story comparing Lavender’s life with how wild opossums live.” Pam adds, “I love teaching both children and adults about opossums and other backyard wildlife.” In addition to many photographs, this charming and educational book features beautiful illustrations by Sara Murdock Lo Presti of Norfolk, CT.
Walk Our Trails!
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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Birds Seen This Week
Week of November 15, 2021
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Raven, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Brown Creeper, Pileated Woodpecker, Great-horned Owl, Barred Owl, Wild Turkey, Carolina Wren, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Junco
Birds This Month
Art Exhibits and Programs
Nature’s Canvas – Photography by Nancy L. Barrett
Exhibition and Sale
A lifelong nature lover, Nancy spends a significant amount of her time photographing the natural environment and landscape surrounding her home in the northeast corner of Connecticut. She is an advocate for preserving the beauty of wild places and her portfolio reminds us that travel to far-off destinations is not a requirement for wildlife and landscape photographers.
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
Please register for the bird programs below
by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Include name, phone number, date & title of walk,
and number of people. Andy will contact you to confirm.
Plainfield Fish Hatchery Walk
Tuesday, December 28 at 1 p.m.
We’ll walk the trails at the Plainfield Fish Hatchery in search of various wintering bird species. This location is very good in the winter. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.
Hike Nightingale Forest South
Thursday, December 30 at 9 a.m.
Join Andy on the trails of this large Wyndham Land Trust preserve that can only be accessed with a guide having special permission. We’ll see an old graveyard in the middle of the forest, a large glacial erratic, and the site of an old farm. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 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 email@example.com.
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
Saturday, Dec. 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the Center at Pomfret
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Fee: $25 members/$35 non-members. Monitoring hike locations & dates TBA. Check the webpage ctaudubon.org/pomfret for more info and updates.
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