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“Perfect Spot to Commune with Nature”

Center at PomfretHuffPost.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!


 

Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret was awarded Best Place to Walk/Hike at this year’s Best of Norwich Magazine Awards!

 

Birds Seen This Week

Nashville Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Bobolink, American Kestrel, Black-billed Cuckoo, Virginia Rail, Scarlet Tanager, Barred Owl, Screech Owl, Rough-winged Swallow, Brown Thrasher, White-eyed Vireo, Louisiana Waterthrush, Ovenbird, Field Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, Baltimore Oriole

 

Birds This Month 

Click here for a list of birds you can see in June


 

Art Exhibits and Programs

Nature Photography Exhibit by
Aaron Bourque & Deborah Eccleston
June through end of July

Lifelong nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and Trail Wood artists-in-residence, Aaron Bourque and Deb Eccleston capture the natural environment all around the Quiet Corner in their beautiful photographs. Free admission.

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 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

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.

Photography Series

Three new classes by Forensic Photographer Fred Bird!

Learning to See – An Interrelationship with Creative Thinking
Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 p.m.
OR Saturday, June 23, 2 p.m.

“Learning to See” is for anyone who likes the arts and nature and would really like see the world from another perspective. In our early years, everything that we looked at was fresh and exciting. As we grow older, we often look at everyday things without really seeing anything. Re-learning to see, as we did in our younger days, will open up a whole new way of thinking about our surroundings. Registration requested at 860-928-4948. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.

Getting the Most Out of Your
Point & Shoot Camera / Digital Phone
Wednesday, July 11, 6:30 p.m.
OR Saturday, July 14, 2 p.m.

This class will cover photo composition, the camera / phone light meter and related problems, and the use of specific settings in both. Issues with resolution and making prints will be discussed, as well as information needed to upgrade your camera. Registration requested at 860-928-4948. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.

Close-Up Photography
Wednesday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.
OR Saturday, July 28, 2 p.m.

Macro and Micro photography is a complete subject in itself. However, with some training and practice, close-up work can be accomplished with a minimum of equipment. Registration requested at 860-928-4948. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.

Regular Walks

Wednesday Noon Walks
Now through August 29, 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

Bird Walk/Breeding Bird Surveys
Tuesday, June 19, 7 a.m.

We will observe as many nesting bird species as possible in two hours. Data we collect will go into the new Bird Atlas for the state. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

Whip-poor-will Walk I
Friday, June 22, 8:45 p.m.

Andy will look for calling whip-poor-wills as you visit the Robbins preserve in Thompson which has nesting whip-poor-wills. He’ll also attempt to call in Owls. Meet at the Center on Day Rd in Pomfret and carpool from there. Bring a small flashlight or headlamp. Please register at 860-928-4948. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Whip-poor-will Walk II
Saturday, June 23, 8:45 p.m.

Andy will take you out to the

Bull Hill Forest Preserve in Thompson/Woodstock to find nesting whip-poor-wills. He’ll also attempt to call in Owls. Meet at the Center on Day Rd in Pomfret and carpool from there. Bring a small flashlight or headlamp. Please register at 860-928-4948. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Bull Hill Bird Watch/Hike
Tuesday, June 26, 8 a.m.

Come with us to explore this Wyndham Land Trust preserve in Thompson. We’ll look for birds and hike out to the fabulous scenic vista. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

Evening Bird Walks
Thursday July 12, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 2, 6 p.m.

Join us to look for a variety of species of birds. We might find newly fledged young birds. Fee:  $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

Evening Bird Walk/Nighthawk Watch
Thursday, August 30, 6 p.m.

Unlike in past nighthawk watches, this year we will hike around looking for other birds as well. We will keep one eye on the sky for nighthawks. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program

Wildlife Tracking & Monitoring Training Hike
Saturday, June 30, 9 am to 3 pm in Willington
Saturday, July 7, 9 am to 3 pm in in Woodstock
Saturday, July 21, 9 am to 3 pm in Canterbury

 

Our Citizen Science Volunteers monitor sites in Woodstock, Willington, Canterbury and Bethany, always on the lookout for track and sign of fisher, river otter, mink, moose, black bear, and bobcat. You are welcome to begin or continue training to become a wildlife monitor by attending training hikes that suit your schedule throughout the year. Registration is required. Contact Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator at 860-928-4948. Training fee per hike: $50 CAS members; $60 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 

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 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.

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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