Programs & Events at the Center at Pomfret
Holiday Nature Store
Shop Locally and Support the Center at Pomfret!
The Center at Pomfret will be full of all kinds of gifts for all ages with mother nature in mind. We have bird feeders, bird houses, suet, gardening gifts, nature books and items for children, field guides, freshly cut Christmas trees, David Stumpo paintings, matted prints and cards, other local art and photography, nature jewelry, gift baskets, holiday swags, raffle table & more.
Now open seven days a week through Friday, December 22.
Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. -4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday noon-4 p.m.
Cold Weather Survival
Fire Building 101
Saturday, February 10, 10 a.m. – noon
The Baranski brothers – experienced outdoorsmen, animal trackers, campers and nature photographers – will lead a program on the proper way to build a safe campfire.
Fee: $3 for Connecticut Audubon members; $7 for non-members.
Breeding Bird Atlas Volunteer Opportunities
Connecticut Bird Atlas Kick-off
Monday, January 8, 7 p.m., Center at Pomfret
Snow date: Tuesday, January 9, 7 p.m.
The state birding community will be called on to conduct surveys for the Connecticut Bird Atlas Project, which gets underway in 2018. The project will focus on all birds that breed, winter or migrate in Connecticut. The Bird Atlas project is also the subject on our upcoming Connecticut State of the Birds report, to be released on December 1.
The goals of the project are to provide information on bird habitats that can then be used to guide conservation and development decisions, and to contribute meaningful data for the state’s Wildlife Action Plan.
The scope of the atlas is to understand breeding bird distribution and abundance; to document changes since the last atlas in the mid 1980s; to understand wintering distribution of the birds in the state; to identify stopover habitat during migrations; to establish predictive relationships where species occur on the landscape; and to use the results and data to create an interactive website.
The last atlas was published in 1994, based on data collected after years of surveys from 1982 to 1986. This effort was supported by many NHBC members. We hope the members can come out again to support the new effort.
Min Huang is a wildlife biologist for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and heads the Migratory Bird Program for the State. Min received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation and a Bachelor of Art in English from the University of Connecticut and received his Master of Science in Wildlife Management from Frostburg State University. He received his Ph. D from the University of Connecticut, researching sub-population structure and survival of resident Canada geese. He has worked as a wildlife biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission where he managed a wildlife management area, working primarily with deer and various endangered species such as the Florida grasshopper sparrow, red-cockaded woodpecker, Florida scrub jay, and whooping crane. He also spent 5 years working for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife as a District Biologist, where he primarily worked with ungulates and endangered species such as the spotted owl and marbled murrelet. Current projects he is involved with include nesting success of forest interior songbirds, chimney swift survival and nesting ecology, ruffed grouse habitat use and survival, American kestrel survival, dispersal and migratory stopover habitat use, purple martin survival and dispersal, and multi-stock harvest management of waterfowl.
Birds Seen This Week
Cedar Waxwing, Robin, Pileated Woodpecker, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Flicker, Canada Geese, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Song Sparrow, Junco, Great Blue Heron
Birds This Month
Monday, January 22, 6:30 p.m.
(Snow date: January 23, 6:30 p.m.)
Examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution and our reliance on oil. Representatives from SAVE OUR WATER CONNECTICUT will lead a short discussion after viewing the film. Free admission – donations always appreciated.
Generation Zapped (2017)
Private pre-release screening!
Monday, February 26, 6:30 p.m.
(Snow date: February 27, 6:30 p.m.)
We encounter 100,000 times more radiation from wireless technologies than we did decades ago. This film, to be released in 2018, investigates the potential dangers of prolonged exposure to radio frequencies (RFs) from wireless technology; its potential effects on our health and the development of our children. Fee: $5 per person
Merchants of Doubt (2014)
Monday, March 26, 6:30 p.m.
(Snow date: March 27, 6:30 p.m.)
The story of how a cadre of influential scientists have clouded public understanding of scientific facts to advance a political and economic agenda. Free admission – donations always appreciated.
Wednesday Noon Walks
Now through February 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.
Thursday Morning Walks
December 7 thru February 22, 8:30 a.m.
Stretch your legs, breathe in that early morning fresh air and look for signs of wildlife on the Bafflin Sanctuary with Fran Barnaski, longtime volunteer, tracker and nature photographer. Bring your camera if you are so inclined. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.
Family and Children’s Programming
After School Nature Club
Pomfret Winter Session–Grades K-6
Thursdays, Jan 18 & 25, Feb 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 3:30 – 5 p.m.
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 to explore and search for animal tracks and sign. The afternoons will be filled with fresh air, exercise and fun. Wildlife lessons will be quietly inserted along the way. We will go outside, so warm winter clothing and boots are a must. Fee: $60 for the 6-day session.
Bird Walks and Programs
Monthly Bird Walks
Thursday, December 28, 1 p.m.
Thursday, January 18, 1 p.m.
Thursday, February 22, 1 p.m.
Come out in search of wintering bird species. We will look for horned larks, ducks, hawks, sparrows, yellow-bellied sapsuckers and more. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Saturday, December 30, 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 20, 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 17, 7 p.m.
Join Andy Rzeznikiewicz in search of wintering owls. We will attempt to find screech, barred, and great-horned owls. In some years saw-whet and long-eared owls are possible to find. Most of the calling is done from the road. Program is cancelled if bad weather (rain, snow, high winds). Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program
Citizen Science Volunteer Appreciation & Season Kick-off Night
Wednesday, November 29, 7p.m.
This is our annual event to thank our Citizen Science volunteers! Come enjoy a special presentation on Connecticut’s Eagles by Brian Hess from the Conn. DEEP Wildlife Division. Let’s get together to celebrate our conservation work.
Dessert and Coffee/Tea served. Prospective volunteers welcome!
RSVP Paula at 860-928-4948 or email@example.com.
Mammal Wildlife Tracking
What’s in your backyard? Tracking activities, presentations, and mounted animal exhibit followed by an afternoon tracking hike on the sanctuary. Dress for the weather, bring water, lunch and snack. For more information, contact Paula Coughlin, Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fee: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members.
Introductory Tracking Hike
Saturday, December 2
9 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Center at Pomfret’s Bafflin Sanctuary
Fee: $25 CAS members; $35 non-members. Registration is required.
You may have seen the tracks of a red fox or a fisher in mud or snow. Maybe, you’re lucky and caught a glimpse of a coyote. Connecticut’s forests provide excellent habitat for local wildlife. Our experienced Citizen Science Volunteers monitor sites in Woodstock, Willington, and Canterbury seasonally, 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 Citizen Science wildlife monitor by attending training hikes that suit your schedule throughout the year.
For information about all Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program projects and training, contact Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator, 860-928-4948 or email email@example.com
Additional Winter Tracking Hikes:
Sat., January 6, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sat., January 20, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sat., February 3, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sat., February 17, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
All hikes are subject to change due to weather conditions. Full training is six hikes; participants select hikes that suit their schedules. Registration is required. For more info, contact Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator at 860-928-4948 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Training Fee per hike: $50 CAS members; $60 non-members. Registration is required.