Connecticut Audbon Society
Center at Pomfret

Center at Pomfret

News & Visitor Information at the Center at Pomfret

Walk Our Trails!

The Bafflin Sanctuary 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. Click here for trail rules.

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

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.

Focus On Nature – Photography Contest & Exhibition

Best in Show:  Trailside Pause, David Silsbee  
Exhibit and Sale through June 30th.

Photo Contest Results:  

1st  Good Catch, Amy Porter
2nd Swallow Nest Prep, Amy Porter
3rd  Foggy Morning Mergansers, David Silsbee

1st  Black Beauty, Nicolette Balanovich
2nd Dewdrops, Jane Simao
3rd Fading Away, Jane Simao

1st Summer House, Robert Slack
2nd March Grass, Bill Messmer
3rd Winter Perspective, Nicolette Balanovich

Migration Madness Weekend May 13-15
Kickoff Picnic and Concert. Friday May 13
Click here for more information.



Tree Swallow Nest Prep, Amy Porter

Birds Seen This Week

Week of May 2nd 2022

Blue-winged Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Parula Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Orchard Oriole, American Redstart, Blue-headed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Veery, Wood Thrush, Hummingbird, Brown Thrasher, Catbird, and Least Flycatcher


Birds This Month

Birds You Can Expect to See in May



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.




Bird Walks and Programs

Migration Madness, May 13-16
Click for more information.

Early Morning Bird Walks
Every Tuesday in May, 8 a.m.
(except May 3 – no walk)
No pre-registration required. 

With access to over 1,650 acres of land, we will seek out a variety of bird species. 
Bring binoculars or spotting scope. Fee: $10 members; $20 non-members.


Please register for the bird programs below
by emailing Include name, phone number, date & title of walk, and number of people. Andy will contact you to confirm.


Gellert Preserve Bird Walk
Friday, May 13, 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. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

Cabbage Hill Bird Walk
Saturday, May 14, 8 a.m.

This beautiful new land trust preserve has a variety of habitats including a large hayfield with many breeding Bobolinks.  An amazing old family graveyard in the middle of the forest will be visited as well. Fee: $10 members; $20 non-members.

20 Warbler Day (13th Annual)
Sunday, May 15, 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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

Bull Hill Bird Walk
Monday, May 16, 8 a.m.

Explore this large forest on the Woodstock/Thompson line. Indigo Bunting, Prairie Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, and Northern Waterthrush are some expected species. Fee: $20 members; $30 non-members. 

90 Bird Day (17th Annual)
Thursday, 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. Fee: $25 members; $50 non-members.

Bird Banding Demonstration
Saturday, May 21, 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. Fee: $10 members; $20 non-members.

Pumpkin Hill Bird Walk
Sunday, May 22, 8 a.m.

This is a fantastic location for exploring and bird watching. We’ll look for various warblers and even one or both cuckoo species. Fee: $20 members; $30 non-members.             

Nightingale Forest North Bird Walk
Thursday, May 26, 8 a.m.

Explore this newly preserved Wyndham Land Trust area. Expect Black-throated Blue Warblers, Canada Warblers, and Broad-winged Hawk. Fee: $20 members; $30 non-members.

Boston Hollow Bird Watch
Sunday, May 29, 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.  Fee: $20 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

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
Upcoming dates TBA

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 Fee: $25 members/$35 non-members. Monitoring hike locations & dates TBA. Check the webpage for more info and updates.

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.


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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