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.

2020 Birdathon Prize Winners

June 1, 2020 — We send our congratulations to the winners of the various prizes in the 2020 Migration Madness Birdathon. And just as importantly, we send our thanks to all the participants. A special “thank you” to the three Migration Madness Sponsors: Oak Lawn Cemetery and Arboretum, the Aquarion Water Company, and Keith Mueller Bird Carvings.

SCHOOLS
Most School Spirit (school with most active participants on Friday)
Winner: The Fairfield Ludlowe High School Falcons
Prize: Live Birds of Prey Program via Zoom

Red-heading Woodpecker carving, by Keith Mueller.

ADULTS: (18+)
Most Species Seen in Your Neighborhood (5 mile radius)
Winner: Frank Mantlik, 113 species
Prize: David Stumpo Print

Most Species Seen Over the Weekend
Winner: Tina Green, 175 species
Prize: Keith Mueller bird carving

Most Money Raised
Winner: Frank Mantlik, $2512
Prize: Patrick Lynch Print

Most Money Raised by a First-Time Participant
Winner: Ann Rowan, $460.
Prize: A day of birding with Milan Bull and/or Patrick Comins

Most Participants Recruited
Winner: Frank Mantlik, 34
Prize: A day of birding with Milan Bull and/or Patrick Comins

YOUNG BIRDER (individual under 18)
Most species seen over weekend in your neighborhood (5-mile radius).
Winner: Avery Cotton, 13 years old
Prize: A day of birding with Milan Bull and/or Patrick Comins

FAMILY
Most species seen by family in their neighborhood (5 mile radius)
The Holton Family, led by 15-year-old Eli Holton. 144.
Prize: A day of birding with Patrick Comins or Miley Bull

Most Money Raised by a family. Winner:
Winner: Kelly Siranko & family, $650
Prize: Connecticut Audubon Bag of Swag and family membership

PHOTO CONTEST
Best Photo Taken all Weekend
View the winning photos here!

First place
Elizabeth Jaffin, Common Yellowthroat
Prize: Patrick Lynch Print

Second place
Tomas Koeck, Night Heron
Prize: $25 REI gift certificate & a book from Connecticut Audubon’s collection.

Third place
Christina Cole, Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Prize Connecticut Audubon Bag of Swag & Connecticut Audubon membership

Young Birder Photo: (17 years old and younger)
First Place, Young Birder
Bobolink, by Eli Holton, 15 years old
Prize: Patrick Lynch Print

Second Place,  Young Birder
Tree Swallow, by Rene Gentes
Prize $25 REI gift certificate & a book from Connecticut Audubon’s collection.

Sponsors

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.

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.

 

Nature Store

NATURE STORE

Shop Our Nature Store – by Appointment Only.

Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 860-928-4948


Something for everyone. A wide array of gift ideas, bird houses, bird feeders, puzzles, books, jewelry, children’s games, Christmas, kitchen and gardening items. Stock changes daily. Pre-order your fresh holiday sprays and Christmas trees. 

For COVID–safety: One person or maximum family group of 4 at a time. Masks are required, plus temperatures taken, hand sanitizing and social distancing.

“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!

 


Birds Seen This Week

Cooper’s Hawk, American Tree Sparrow, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Harrier, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Bluebird, Flicker, Hooded Merganser, Canada Geese, Common Snipe, Mockingbird, Junco, Goldfinch

 

 

Birds This Month 

Birds You Can Expect to See in December

 

 

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.

 

Regular Walks

Monday Morning Guided Walks
Every Monday  thru end of February, 8:30 a.m.

Meet at the Center. Register at 860-928-4948. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.

 

 

Bird Walks and Programs

Bird Walks
Thursday, January 21 at 9 a.m.
Saturday, February 20 at 9 a.m. (full)

We’ll be going to several areas in search of interesting winter birds, with hopes of finding species like Common Redpoll, Crossbills, Shrikes and various raptors. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

Plainfield Fish Hatchery Bird Walks
Wednesday, January 27 at 9 a.m.
Saturday, February 27 at 9 a.m.

The fish hatchery has a wide variety of habitats and is an excellent winter bird watching area. Eagles, waterfowl, raptors, and many songbirds are possible. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

 

Register by emailing arzeznikiewicz@ctaudubon.org 

Include your name, phone number, date & title of walk, and number of people in your party. Andy will contact you to confirm and give location to meet.  Face masks required.

 

 

 

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.

Introduction to Wildlife Tracking
Wednesday, January 6 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. (via Zoom)

Winter is an exciting time to discover tracks of fisher, river otter, mink, fox, and coyote in snow covered forests and fields. Become a wildlife monitoring volunteer and learn to find, recognize, and document animal sign. Registration is required. Fee: $25 CAS members; $35 non-members.

Wildlife Tracking / Training Hike
Saturday, January 9 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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.

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 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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