Connecticut Audbon Society
Center at Pomfret

Center at Pomfret

News & Visitor Information at the Center at Pomfret

COVID-19 UPDATE

Although we are staffed, the Center at Pomfret remains closed to the public due to the pandemic. Feel free to contact us via email sheminway@ctaudubon.org and/or phone (860)-928-4948. If you are interested in shopping at our nature store, we are scheduling store appointments (mask required) as well as curbside pick-up. Thank you for understanding, enjoy our trails and stay well.

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.

Master Naturalist Volunteer Training

Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Part II
Coming this fall, Tuesdays 8 a.m. to noon
Watch for new program outline

 Click here for the application.

 

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

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.

 

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

Exhibit & Sale
Sunday, May 2 through
Wednesday, June 30

For Entry Forms and more information, click here.

 

 

 

 


 

Birds Seen This Week

Week of June 7th, 2021

Sedge Wren, Bobolink, American Kestrel, Savannah Sparrow, Tree Swallow, Ovenbird, Baltimore Oriole, Orchard Oriole, Wood Thrush, Barred Owl, Pine Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Least Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, American Redstart, Veery, Cedar Waxwing, Black and White Warbler, Indigo Bunting.

 

 

Birds This Month 

Birds You Can Expect to See in June

 

 

 

Don’t miss
our digital
David Stumpo
watercolor exhibit!
Click here to see it.

 

 


 

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.

 

 

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Nature in Focus – Photography Contest 

Coming soon. Watch for updates on contest info and registration details.

 

Bird Walks and Programs

NOTE! The following bird walks require pre-registration and have attendance limits. Carpools approved with proof of COVID vaccinations. Masks to be worn.

Register by emailing arzeznikiewicz@ctaudubon.org
Include name, phone number, date & title of walk, and number of people. Andy will contact you to confirm.

Nightingale Forest (North) Bird Walk
Saturday, June 26 at 8 a.m.

Explore this new Wyndham Land Trust preserve on the Woodstock/Pomfret line. Nesting Black-throated Blue Warblers, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Thrushes and Tanagers. Limit 8 people. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

Whip-poor-will Walk at Bull Hill 
Saturday, July 3 at 8:30pm

Join Andy searching for calling whip-poor-wills. We’ll visit the Bull Hill Forest Preserve in Thompson/Woodstock which has nesting whip-poor-wills. We will attempt to call in Owls as well. Meet at the CT Audubon Center in Pomfret and carpool from there. Bring a small flashlight or headlamp. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

Pumpkin Hill Bird Walk
Saturday, July 10 at 8 a.m.

An excellent bird watching location. Nesting Cerulean Warblers, Worm-eating Warblers, Prairie Warblers, Indigo Buntings, and many more! Limit 8 people. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

Afternoon Bird Walk
Thursday, July 22 at 6 p.m.

Walk the Bafflin Sanctuary looking for various bird species and their recently fledged young.  Bobolinks, warblers, vireos, thrushes and tanagers can be expected. Limit 12 people. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.  

Whip-poor-will Walk at Robbins Preserve 
Friday, July 23 at 8:30pm

Join Andy searching for calling whip-poor-wills. We’ll visit the Robbins Preserve in Thompson which has nesting whip-poor-wills. We will attempt to call in Owls as well. Meet at the CT Audubon Center in Pomfret and carpool from there. Bring a small flashlight or headlamp. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

Trail Wood Bird Walk
Thursday, July 29 at 8 a.m.

Walk the paths of Trail Wood searching for various bird species. Possibilities include Blue-winged Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Scarlet Tanager and many more. Limit 7 people. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Evening Bird Walk 
Thursday, August 19 at 6 p.m.

Join Andy as we look for different species of birds. We might find newly fledged young birds and mixed groups of post-breeding birds. Limit 12 people. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.  

Evening Bird Walk / Nighthawk Watch
Thursday, August 26 at 6 p.m.

We will keep an eye on the sky for Nighthawks and hike around looking for other birds as well. Limit 12 people. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 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 sheminway@ctaudubon.org.

Center at Pomfret, P.O. Box 11, 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259  
860-928-4948 

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.

Wildlife Tracking / Training Hike
Date TBD.

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 paulacoughlin@charter.net.

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.

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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