News & Visitor Information at the Center at Pomfret
“Perfect Spot to Commune with Nature”
HuffPost.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
Bobolink, Hummingbird, Gray Catbird, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Red-eyed Vireo, Barn Swallow, Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, Baltimore Oriole, Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture
Birds This Month
Art Exhibits and Programs
Becorns: A Woodland World of Wonder
Exhibit & Sale by David Bird
Exhibit thru October 31
David Bird is a photographer based in Danielson, CT who got his start in character design by working for Lego in Denmark. He makes characters out of acorns, sticks, and whatever else he finds in the back yard, and then he photographs them in the wild with real animals. Most of these photos are the result of a careful study of animal behavior, patience, and a lot of birdseed. You can view his photography and toy designs at davidmbird.com or follow him on Instagram at @davidmbird. Free admission.
After School Nature Club
After School Nature Club
Grades K-6: at the Center
Thursdays from 3:15 – 5 p.m.
Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, & 24.
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.
Climate Change Series
Climate Change – How We Are All Part Of The Solution
Monday, Oct 21, 7 p.m.
This talk will focus on the urgent problem of climate change with an emphasis on solutions. The science on climate change is moving quickly and there are important updates that everyone should be aware of. Topics covered will include: An overview of the climate problem; The Paris Agreement goals and commitments; The progress states and cities are making in the absence of federal leadership; Specific goals and legislative successes and failures in Connecticut, A perspective on what towns are doing and can do; What citizens can do individually and collectively to reduce their own carbon footprints and play a more impactful role as environmentally concerned voters. Free to the public. Click here to register online.
Biodiversity, Climate Change and the Sixth Extinction – A Call To Action
Monday November 4, 7 p.m.
In March of 2019, a major report was announced from the United Nations with the headline: “Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating'”. The report warned that 1 billion species are threatened with extinction and the current global response is insufficient, but it also optimistically reported there is time to solve this problem and proposed solutions. This talk will review Earth’s extinction history and the recognition that we are now witnessing the sixth mass extinction, but this time, it is caused by humans. It will cover how climate change is a significant factor but only one of many causes of this crisis and will highlight what we can do about it. In light of the recent decision by the Trump Administration to significantly weaken the Endangered Species Act, this talk will be a timely overview of what is at stake. Free to the public. Click here to register.
About the Speaker
Stephen Lewis is a member of the CT Chapter of The Sierra Club Legislative Committee and a CT Audubon Master Naturalist. He is a Scoutmaster who teaches conservation to Scouting leaders and was recognized for his work on Monarch butterfly conservation with a BSA Hornaday Gold Badge. Stephen is also a Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Master Educator.
Wednesday Noon Walks
thru November 27, 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.
Bird Walks and Programs
Weekly Bird Walks
Every Tues. in Oct., 8 a.m.
Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as he points out various bird species. Bring binoculars & wear drab clothing. We carpool to various locations. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Walktober: Bafflin Bird Walk
Saturday, October 12 at 8 a.m.
Come and find southbound migrating birds on the Bafflin Sanctuary. Andy will point out various sparrows, hawks, and other songbirds. Bluebirds, White-crowned Sparrows or Palm Warblers are likely to be seen. Free. Click here to register online.
Screech Owl Night Hike
Saturday, October 12 at 7 p.m.
We will hike the sanctuary in the dark looking for screech and other owls. This is a moderately difficult hike and only for those comfortable hiking in the dark at a brisk pace. Register online or call 860-928-4948. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members. Click here to register online.
Saw-whet Owl Banding
Saturday, Oct.19, 26, Nov.2 at 8 p.m. and
Saturday, Nov.9, at 7 p.m.
This exciting program should be a memorable experience. Bring your camera. 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 online or call 860-928-4948. Limited to 20 people per session. Fee: $15 CAS members; $25 non-members.
Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program
Wildlife Tracking and Monitoring:
Our trained 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. For registration and information contact Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator, 860-928-4948; email@example.com. Training fee per hike: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members.
In Willington – Saturday, Sept 21, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
In Canterbury – Saturday, Oct 19, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Introductory Tracking Hike
Saturday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
at the Center at Pomfret.
Get a taste of the tracking experience while learning about our program.
Fee: $25 members/$35 non-members. Click here to register online.
Time to register for the Northeast Wildlife Trackers Conference
October 5 – 6, 2019 at northeastwildlifetrackers.com
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
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