Programs & Events at the Center at Pomfret
Climate Change Series
Biodiversity, Climate Change and the Sixth Extinction – A Call To Action
Monday November 4, 7 p.m.
In March of 2019, a major report was announced from the United Nations with the headline: “Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating'”. The report warned that 1 billion species are threatened with extinction and the current global response is insufficient, but it also optimistically reported there is time to solve this problem and proposed solutions. This talk will review Earth’s extinction history and the recognition that we are now witnessing the sixth mass extinction, but this time, it is caused by humans. It will cover how climate change is a significant factor but only one of many causes of this crisis and will highlight what we can do about it. In light of the recent decision by the Trump Administration to significantly weaken the Endangered Species Act, this talk will be a timely overview of what is at stake. Free to the public. Click here to register.
About the Speaker
Stephen Lewis is a member of the CT Chapter of The Sierra Club Legislative Committee and a CT Audubon Master Naturalist. He is a Scoutmaster who teaches conservation to Scouting leaders and was recognized for his work on Monarch butterfly conservation with a BSA Hornaday Gold Badge. Stephen is also a Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Master Educator.
Birds Seen This Week
Bobolink, Hummingbird, Gray Catbird, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Red-eyed Vireo, Barn Swallow, Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, Baltimore Oriole, Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture
Birds This Month
Wednesday Noon Walks
thru November 27, Noon
Join CAS volunteers for fresh air, exercise and good company. Moderate pace on sometimes uneven terrain. Active seniors welcome. Free to CAS members; $3 non-members.
Click here to register for Oct. 30
Art Exhibits and Programs
Becorns: A Woodland World of Wonder
Exhibit & Sale by David Bird
Exhibit thru October 31
David Bird is a photographer based in Danielson, CT who got his start in character design by working for Lego in Denmark. He makes characters out of acorns, sticks, and whatever else he finds in the back yard, and then he photographs them in the wild with real animals. Most of these photos are the result of a careful study of animal behavior, patience, and a lot of birdseed. You can view his photography and toy designs at davidmbird.com or follow him on Instagram at @davidmbird. Free admission.
Bird Walks and Programs
Weekly Bird Walks
Every Tues. in 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.
Click to register for October 29
Saw-whet Owl Banding
Saturday, Oct. 26, Nov.2 at 8 p.m. and
Saturday, Nov.9, at 7 p.m.
This exciting program should be a memorable experience. Bring your camera. 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 online or call 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 trained 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. For registration and information contact Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator, 860-928-4948; email@example.com. Training fee per hike: $50 CAS members/$60 non-members.
After School Nature Club
After School Nature Club
Grades K-6: at the Center
Thursdays from 3:15 – 5 p.m.
Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, & 24.