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News & Visitor Information at the Center at Pomfret

Richard Telford, Winner of the Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award

The Connecticut Audubon Society presented Richard Telford, whose volunteer work has helped improve Trail Wood in numerous ways, with its Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award, at the organization’s annual meeting on October 15 in at Deer Pond Farm, Sherman.

Richard was one of four honorees.

He is pictured here with his wife, Melissa, left, and Sarah Heminway, our Northeast Connecticut director. Read more about Richard here.

Art Exhibits and Programs

What Does Light Pollution Look Like? – Virge Lorents 
Exhibit & sale thru end of October.

Our night sky is growing brighter as residential and commercial development continues to expand. View Virge’s beautiful images and consider what can be done to keep our northeastern Connecticut skies dark. 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 the Trail Wood, in Hampton. Once 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.

Regular Walks

Wednesday Noon Walks
Now through November 29, Noon 

Join Connecticut Audubon Society volunteers for fresh air, exercise, good company and naturalist lessons along the way. Seniors and parents with babes in backpacks welcome. Free to CAS members; $3 non-members.

Family and Children’s Programming

Toddler Trails and Tales
Tuesdays, Sept 12 thru Nov 7
(none on Oct 10), 10:30 a.m. – noon

Center volunteer and mom of three, Melissa Telford will entertain your toddlers with stories, activities and fun along our trails. Wear clothes and boots appropriate for the weather. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Fee per child/per day: $5 CAS members; $7 non-members.

 

After School Nature Club
Grades K-6: from 3:15 – 5 p.m.
Thursdays, Oct 5, 12, 19.

The afternoons will be filled with fresh air, exercise, and fun! We’ll be outside, so weather appropriate clothing and boots are a must. Fee: Members $60 for session; Non-members $70. Click here to download forms.

 

Bird Walks and Programs

Weekly Bird Walks
Every Tuesday in September & October, 8 a.m.

Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he points out various bird species. Bring binoculars and wear drab colored clothing.  We carpool to various locations around the sanctuary.  Fee:  $5 members; $10 non-members.

 

Walking Weekend
Bafflin Bird Walk
Saturday, October 14, 8 a.m.

Find southbound migrating birds on the Bafflin Sanctuary. Sanctuary Manager, Andy Rzeznikiewicz will point out the various sparrows, hawks, and other songbirds.  Bluebirds, White-crowned Sparrows, Palm Warblers are likely to be seen.  FREE

 

Screech Owl Night Hike
Saturday, October 14, 7 p.m.

We will hike in the dark in search of screech and other owls. This is only for those comfortable hiking in the dark at a brisk pace. Moderately difficult hike. Please call to register at 860-928-4948. Fee: $5 members; $10 non-members.

 

Saw-whet Owl Banding
Saturdays, October 21 & 28
Saturday, November 4, 8 p.m.

This exciting program should be a memorable experience.  Bring your camera.  Last year was a great year with many owls caught and banded. We hope for similar success this year. Will reschedule if inclement weather. (If you can’t make these dates, call and leave your name and number. We may schedule an additional banding date.) Register early at 860-928-4948. Limited to 20 people per session. Fee: $15 members; $25 non-members.

 

Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program

Mammal Wildlife Tracking 

What’s in your backyard? Tracking activities, presentations, and mounted animal exhibit followed by an afternoon tracking hike on the sanctuary.  Dress for the weather, bring water, lunch and snack. For more information, contact Paula Coughlin, Coordinator at paulacoughlin@charter.net. Fee: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members.

Introductory Tracking Hike
Saturday, December 2
9 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Center at Pomfret’s Bafflin Sanctuary
Fee: $25 CAS members; $35 non-members.

You may have seen the tracks of a red fox or a fisher in mud or snow. Maybe, you’re lucky and caught a glimpse of a coyote. Connecticut’s forests provide excellent habitat for local wildlife.  Our experienced Citizen Science Volunteers monitor sites in Woodstock, Willington, and Canterbury seasonally, always on the lookout for track and sign of fisher, river otter, mink, moose, black bear, and bobcat. You are welcome to begin or continue training to become a Citizen Science wildlife monitor by attending training hikes that suit your schedule throughout the year.

For information about all Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program projects and training, contact Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator, 860-928-4948 or email pcoughlin@ctaudubon.org

 

Citizen Science Volunteer Appreciation & Season Kick-off Night
Wednesday, November 29, 7p.m.

 

Come celebrate another great year! Anyone interested in becoming a new volunteer is also welcome to attend. Speaker TBA. Please RSVP to 860-928-4948.

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 they have 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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