Connecticut Audbon Society
Center at Pomfret

Center at Pomfret

Programs & Events at the Center at Pomfret

Guided Hikes

February Guided Hike
Friday, February 12 at 1 p.m.

Join Andy as he leads you to either Bull Hill to see the vista and the waterfall or to the Townshend Preserve, a new 434 acre preserve in Pomfret. (If deep snow hinders access, we may cancel.) Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

March Guided Hike
Friday, March 19 at 9 a.m.

Andy will lead you around the 434 acre Townshend Preserve in Pomfret. This property can only be accessed with special permission. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

Bull Hill Forest Preserve Hike
Friday, March 26 at 9 a.m.

We’ll be accessing the northern portion of the Bull Hill area from a different location and exploring a section the public hasn’t yet been to. Please note that we will be traversing various terrain and won’t be on trails for much of the time. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.

Chaney Preserve Hike
Wednesday, March 31 at 10 a.m.

Join Andy at the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Chaney Preserve in Montville, CT as he leads you around the trail system. This large sanctuary has some amazing stone features and terrain, large mountain laurel thickets, a 10 acre early successional clear-cut, and mature woodlands. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.


All walks limited to 6 people.  Register by emailing and include name, phone number, date & title of walk, and number of people in your party. Andy will contact you to confirm. Face masks to be worn at all times.


Although we are staffed, the Center at Pomfret remains closed to the public due to the pandemic. Feel free to contact us via email 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.

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.

Focus On Nature – Photography Contest

Exhibit & Sale
Sunday, May 2 through Wednesday, June 30

For Entry Forms and more information, click here.


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.


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.



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 

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




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