Connecticut Audbon Society
Center at Pomfret

Center at Pomfret

Programs & Events at the Center at Pomfret

Annual Holiday Nature Store

Open Daily thru Dec. 23,
Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. & Sunday, 12 – 4 p.m.

A large selection of local goods and unique items will be offered for your shopping pleasure. Gifts for all ages with Mother Nature in mind. We will have bird feeders & houses, gardening gifts, games, puzzles, field guides, holiday decorations, handmade evergreen sprays, jewelry, and much more. Stock changes daily. You never know what treasures you may find!

Meet Pam Lefferts and her Opossum Educational Ambassadors at their book signing.

Saturday, December 4 at 1 p.m.  (Admission is free.)

Co-founder of Ferncroft Wildlife Rescue and newly minted children’s author, Pam will sign her book From Pouch to Couch: Why Lavender the Opossum Lives in a House. Located in Woodstock, CT, Ferncroft specializes in opossum rehabilitation and release. Lavender, however, was non-releasable due to the nature of her injuries. In the book, written from her point of view, Lavender shares how, after her rescue as a two-ounce joey (baby), she came to live in a house and become an educational ambassador. Pam comments, “One of the main reasons I wrote the book is that I wanted children who meet our opossums to understand wild animals are not pets. As licensed wildlife rehabilitators, we are permitted to keep them only because they are unable to survive in the wild. There is a balance throughout the story comparing Lavender’s life with how wild opossums live.” Pam adds, “I love teaching both children and adults about opossums and other backyard wildlife.” In addition to many photographs, this charming and educational book features beautiful illustrations by Sara Murdock Lo Presti of Norfolk, CT.  

Walk Our Trails!

The Bafflin Sanctuary open to the public from dawn to dusk.
To minimize wildlife disturbance, we ask all walkers to stay on designated trails.
Click here for a trail map. Click here for trail rules.



Golden Crowned Kinglet, Photo credit Nancy Barrett

Birds Seen This Week

Week of November 15, 2021

Golden-crowned Kinglet, Raven, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Brown Creeper, Pileated Woodpecker, Great-horned Owl, Barred Owl, Wild Turkey, Carolina Wren, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Junco



Birds This Month 

Birds You Can Expect to See in November



Art Exhibits and Programs


Nature’s Canvas – Photography by Nancy L. Barrett
Exhibition and Sale

A lifelong nature lover, Nancy spends a significant amount of her time photographing the natural environment and landscape surrounding her home in the northeast corner of Connecticut. She is an advocate for preserving the beauty of wild places and her portfolio reminds us that travel to far-off destinations is not a requirement for wildlife and landscape photographers. 

Bird Walks and Programs


Please register for the bird programs below
by emailing Include name, phone number, date & title of walk,
and number of people. Andy will contact you to confirm.

Plainfield Fish Hatchery Walk
Tuesday, December 28 at 1 p.m.

We’ll walk the trails at the Plainfield Fish Hatchery in search of various wintering bird species. This location is very good in the winter. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Hike Nightingale Forest South
Thursday, December 30 at 9 a.m.

Join Andy on the trails of this large Wyndham Land Trust preserve that can only be accessed with a guide having special permission. We’ll see an old graveyard in the middle of the forest, a large glacial erratic, and the site of an old farm. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program

Become a Citizen Science Volunteer Wildlife Monitor.

Introduction to Mammal Tracking / Monitoring
Saturday, Dec. 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the Center at Pomfret

Get a taste of the tracking experience while learning about our program. Volunteers monitor various sites in CT on the lookout for track and sign of fisher, river otter, mink, moose, black bear, and bobcat. Begin or continue training to become a wildlife monitor by attending training hikes that suit your schedule.

Registration is required. Contact Fee: $25 members/$35 non-members. Monitoring hike locations & dates TBA. Check the webpage for more info and updates.




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