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
White-crowned Sparrow, Vespers Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, House Wren, Carolina Wren, America Kestrel, Purple Finch, Eastern Phoebe, Great-horned Owl
Birds This Month
Art Exhibits and Programs
House & Garden; Field & Farm –
Art Exhibit & Opening Reception:
Sunday, November 4, 2 – 4 p.m.
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.
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
Now through November 28, 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 Sept. & 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.
Saw-whet Owl Banding
Saturday, October 27, 8p.m. POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN
Saturdays, November 3 & 10, 8 p.m.
This exciting program should be a memorable experience. Bring your camera. In previous years, we’ve caught and banded many owls. 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 CAS members; $25 non-members.
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 seasons.
Citizen Science Wildlife Tracking and Monitoring Program Introductory Tracking Hike
Saturday, Dec. 1 ~ 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Get a taste of the tracking experience while learning about our program. Fee: $25 members/$35 non-members; registration required.
For more information call Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator, 860-928-4948 or email email@example.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 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