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
Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Wood Thrush, Eastern Wood Pewee, Barn Swallow, House Finch, Cardinal, Cedar Waxwing, Gray Catbird, Eastern Kingbird, Hummingbird, Yellow-throated Vireo
Birds This Month
Art Exhibits and Programs
by Aaron Bourque & Deborah Eccleston
Through end of October
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.
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.
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.
Family and Children’s Programming
After School Nature Club
Grades K-6: from 3:15 – 5 p.m.
Thursdays, September 13, 20, 27,
Oct 4, 11, 18.
Do your kids need to blow off steam after school? Send them to the Center. After a quick snack, we will head out on the trails exploring the woods, meadows and streams. Their afternoon will be filled with fresh air, exercise and fun. Wildlife lessons will be quietly inserted along the way. We will be outside, so weather appropriate clothing and boots are a must.
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.
Saturdays, Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29
Observe Andy and fellow bird bander’s capture and band numerous birds. You may even get to release a bird or two. Each session should produce different bird species as the migration progresses. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Bull Hill Bird Walk
Sunday, September 30
This is the prime time to find migrating fall warblers, vireos, and hawks. In past years, we have found many migrating warblers and kinglets. Maybe we will observe migrating hawks at the scenic overlook if the weather conditions are right! Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Bafflin Bird Walk
Saturday, October 13
Come and find southbound migrating birds on the Bafflin Sanctuary. Andy Rzeznikiewicz will point out the various sparrows, hawks, and other songbirds. Bluebirds, White-crowned Sparrows or Palm Warblers are likely to be seen. FREE
Screech Owl Night Hike
Saturday, October 13
We will hike in the dark in search of screech and other owls. This is a moderately difficult hike and only for those comfortable hiking in the dark at a brisk pace. Please call to register at 860-928-4948. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Saw-whet Owl Banding
Saturday, October 27
Saturdays, November 3 & 10
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.
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on these dates:
Saturday, September 22 – Willington (team leader: Cheryl Dziura-Duke)
Saturday, September 29 – Woodstock (team leader: Paula Coughlin)
Saturday, October 6 – Bethany (team leader: Christin Arnini)
Saturday, October 13 – Canterbury (team leader: Mike Sheehan)
Registration for these hikes is required. Training fee: $50 CAS members; $60 non-members.
For more information call Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator, 860-928-4948 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Annual Citizen Science Volunteer Appreciation Night
Thursday, Oct 18, 7 p.m.
Join us at this annual Thank You! event for our wonderful Citizen Science volunteers who survey vernal pools and monitor wildlife.
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