News & Visitor Information at the Center at Pomfret
Annual Holiday Nature Store
Opening Saturday, Now Open thru December 21st
Noon to 4 p.m. weekends & 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays
The Center at 218 Day Rd in Pomfret, will be full of gifts for all ages with “Mother Nature” in mind.
We will have bird feeders and houses, suet, gardening gifts, nature books, children’s games, puzzles, field guides, freshly cut Christmas trees, holiday decorations, freshly made evergreen swags, works by local artists, nature jewelry and more. Stock changes daily.
“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
Bald Eagle, American Kestrel, Northern Harrier, Northern Shrike, Fox Sparrow, Cooper’s Hawk, Song Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, Brown Creeper, Bluebird, Red-tailed Hawk
Birds This Month
Art Exhibits and Programs
House & Garden; Field & Farm –
Art Exhibit Through January 10, 2019
Roxanne Steed is an artist, painter of well-loved places, traveler, gardener, nature lover, coastal wanderer in places salty & sandy, someone who loves a good story. You don’t have to go to exotic environs to be nurtured by nature. Every day it’s all around us. Here is one artist’s not so traditional view, in oils and watercolors, of how nature reinvigorates our souls. Free admission. Held at Center at Pomfret, 218 Day Road.
Trail Wood Reflections:
Writer & Artist In-Residence Exhibit
OPENING Reception and Reading
Sunday, January 20, 2 – 4 p.m.
Exhibit through February 24 at the Center at Pomfret.
Each year the Summer Writer and Artist In-Residence Program at our Trail Wood Sanctuary in Hampton produces inspirational work. This year’s class is no exception. The beauty found in their paintings, photography and written word well reflect the tranquility of Trail Wood. A great boost in the dead of winter, come celebrate this year’s artists and writers and their experiences. Free.
Nature Sketchbook Journaling
Saturday, February 2, 1 – 4 p.m.
You’ll spend time at the Bafflin Sanctuary in Pomfret, sketching and painting nature using pencil, pen and watercolor. Roxanne Steed will show you how to simplify what you see and teach basic drawing and quick intuitive watercolor techniques.
Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members. Register at 860-928-4948
and for a list of materials to bring.
Photography Class with Fred Bird – How to Use Your Digital Camera
Sunday, February 10, 2 – 5 p.m.
Monday, February 11, 6 – 9 p.m.
Learn how to operate your digital camera and its many functions. Bring your camera and owner’s manual to class. Select one date and please register at 860-928-4948. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.
Nature Photography Contest
Opening reception and exhibit
Sunday, March 10, 2 p.m.
See our website for entry forms & more information at ctaudubon.org/pomfret-home
Concert featuring “TAKE NOTE”
Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m.
This benefit concert will support our Education Endowment Fund. FREE to the public.
Offered in partnership with the Pomfret Green Team. (Popcorn too!). FREE to the public.
A PLASTIC OCEAN
Monday, Jan. 21, 6:30 pm
(Snow date: Tuesday, January 22)
Writer/director Craig Leeson’s search for the elusive Blue Whale. What he finds instead is a sea of plastic waste. A team of scientists and researchers travel the globe to assess the fragile state of our oceans. Q&A after the film with Sena Wazer, member of the Cetacean Society and ocean advocate.
Monday, February 18, 6:30 pm
(Snow date: Tuesday,February 19)
An award-winning documentary written and directed by British film-maker Candida Brady. Watch actor Jeremy Irons investigate the global scale and impact of wasteful consumerism and pollution, and discover how communities around the world are reducing consumption toward a goal of zero waste. Q&A after film with Winston Averill, recycling and trash expert from the Quiet Corner.
NO IMPACT MAN
Monday, March 18, 6:30 pm
(Snow date: Tuesday, March 19)
This film documents author Colin Beavan’s year of living a zero-impact life. No electricity, no gas-powered transportation, no shipped food, and no public waste disposal. Can a well-intentioned environmentalist save the planet? Group discussion afterwards.
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
For additional programming in our area consider Trail Wood,
our Edwin Way Teale Sanctuary in Hampton.
Wednesday Noon Walks
thru February 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.
Thursday Morning Tracking Walks
thru February 28 at 8:30 a.m.
Stretch your legs, breathe in that early morning air and look for signs of wildlife on the Bafflin Sanctuary with Fran Barnaski, a longtime volunteer, tracker and nature photographer. Bring your camera if you are so inclined. Meet at the Center, 218 Day Rd in Pomfret. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.
Meteor Shower Watch/Hike
Friday, December 14, 7 p.m.
Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz as we hike the one mile trail to the scenic vista on Bull Hill. We will hang around the vista for an hour or so depending how cold we get! The Geminid meteor shower should be good, since there will very little moon showing. (We will re-schedule for the 15th or 16th in the event of bad weather.) Meet at the Center and we’ll carpool to Bull Hill from here – about 15 minutes away. Bring a lightweight chair if you like. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Bird Walks and Programs
Monthly Bird Walks
Thursday, December 27 at 1 p.m.
Thursday, January 17 at 1 p.m.
Thursday, February 21 at 1 p.m.
Come out in search of wintering bird species. We’ll look for horned larks, ducks, hawks, sparrows, yellow-bellied sapsuckers and more. Meet at the Center, 218 Day Rd in Pomfret. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Saturday, January 5 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Join Andy in search of wintering owls. We will attempt to find Screech, Barred, Great-Horned Owls. Most of the calling done from the road. Program is canceled if bad weather (rain, snow, high winds). Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
The CT Bird Atlas Project-Off and Running!
Monday, February 4, 6:30 p.m.
(Snow date: Tuesday, February 5th, 6:30pm)
The Connecticut Bird Atlas project has completed the first of its three survey years. The 2018 Breeding, Stopover, and Wintering surveys are now done. Join us to hear about the results and to gear up for the second year of this critically important project. Spearheaded by Min Huang, PhD, Wildlife Biologist for the Connecticut DEEP and head of the Migratory Bird Program, this project is focusing on all birds that breed, winter or migrate in Connecticut. These surveys contribute meaningful data to the State Action Wildlife Plan, which is used for conservation planning and to establish Environment Health Metrics.
Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program
Wildlife Tracking and Monitoring:
Our wildlife tracking volunteers monitor study sites in Willington, Canterbury, Woodstock and Bethany. We have found track and sign of fisher, river otter, mink, red fox, coyote, as well as the occasional black bear, moose and porcupine. These sites also provide perfect habitat for white-tail deer, raccoon, beavers, and a variety of rodents. You can begin or continue training to become a Citizen Science Wildlife Monitor by completing six day-long training hikes that suit your schedule throughout the season.
Winter monitoring/training hikes 2019:
All hikes run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sat. Jan 5 – Willington training and monitoring hike
Sat. Jan 12 – Woodstock training/monitoring hike
Sat. Jan 19 – Canterbury training/monitoring hike
Sat. Feb 2 – Training hike (location TBA)
Sat. Feb 23 – Willington training /monitoring hike
Sat. March 2 – Woodstock training/monitoring hike
Sat. March 9 – Bethany CT monitoring hike
Sat. March 23 – Canterbury monitoring hike
Fee per hike: $50 CAS member/$60 non-member; Registration required. These hikes are subject to change due to weather conditions. Full training is six hikes; participants select hikes that suit their schedules.
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
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.
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