Connecticut Audbon Society
Center at Pomfret

Center at Pomfret

Programs & Events at the Center at Pomfret

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.
Click here for a trail map.

Focus On Nature – Photography Contest

Exhibit & Sale Extended through September 30th

Click here for the full list of winners.





Birds Seen This Week

Week of September 13, 2021

Wilson’s Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Parula Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Red-shouldered Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Flicker, Eastern Wood Peewee, American Redstart, Bobolink, Eastern Towhee, Song Sparrow



Birds This Month 

Birds You Can Expect to See in October 





Bird Walks and Programs

Tuesday Morning Bird Walks
(Registration NOT necessary.)
Every Tuesday in September and October at 8 a.m.

Join Andy as he points out various bird species. Bring binoculars and wear drab clothing. We’ll visit various locations around the sanctuary looking for concentrations of birds. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Register by emailing
Include name, phone number, date & title of walk, and number of people. Andy will contact you to confirm.

Gellert Preserve Bird Walk
Thursday, September 30 at 8 a.m.

This is the prime time to find fall warblers, vireos, and hawks. This Wyndham Land Trust preserve has large fields and is located on a hilltop, so migrating birds should be plentiful. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Bull Hill Bird Walk
Saturday, October 2 at 8 a.m.

Previously during fall migration at this location we found many migrating warblers and kinglets, including Cape May, Nashville and Orange-crowned Warblers! Gray-cheeked and Swainson’s Thrushes have also been seen. We might observe hawks at the scenic overlook, if the weather conditions are right. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Cabbage Hill Preserve Bird Walk
FULL Saturday, October 16 at 8 a.m.

This new Wyndham Land Trust Preserve in Woodstock is in the northwest part of the Nightingale Forest. This is the first bird walk to this great preserve. It contains a large hayfield on a hill, overgrown Christmas trees, shrubland, beaver pond, swamp and forest. An old cemetery from the early 1800’s in the middle of the forest is enclosed by a fabulous stone wall. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Trail Wood Bird Walks
Thursday, Oct. 21 at 8 a.m.

Andy will search for various bird species on these guided walks. Bring binoculars and wear drab clothing. Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

Screech Owl Hike
Saturday, October 9 at 7 p.m. FULL

Come explore the core sanctuary with Andy, calling in Screech Owls and maybe a Barred Owl as well. Last year we encountered a record 9 screech owls, varying in all three phases of red, gray and brown. Recommended for people who can get around well while hiking in the dark on uneven trail conditions. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

Saw-whet Owl Banding Demonstration
Saturdays, Oct. 23, 30 at 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m.

Observe Andy and his fellow banders as they capture and band migrating Saw-whet Owls. Bring a camera and see these amazing tiny owls up close. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

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.

Wildlife Tracking / Training Hike
Date TBD.

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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