Center at Fairfield

Center at Pomfret

Volunteer at the Center at Pomfret

By volunteering at our Center at Pomfret, you can help promote understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of our natural world.

We have a variety of opportunities available for people of all interests and experience levels, including working at the front desk as a receptionist, in the exhibit room as a docent, or outdoors on the nature sanctuary in various capacities.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer,  click here to download the application form. Please email the form to Pat Coleman, office manager, at pcoleman@ctaudubon.org, or visit the center and deliver it in person!

We’re located at 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Eastern Coyote

Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program

Citizen Science Volunteer Appreciation & Season Kick-off Night
Wednesday, November 29, 7 p.m.

Come celebrate another great year! Anyone interested in becoming a new volunteer is also welcome to attend. Our speaker is Brian Hess of DEEP who will speak on Connecticut’s eagle population. Please RSVP to 860-928-4948.

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 paulacoughlin@charter.net.

Introductory Tracking Hike
Saturday, December 2
9 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Center at Pomfret’s Bafflin Sanctuary
Fee: $25 Connecticut Audubon 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. Please wear weather and hike-appropriate clothing.

For information about all Citizen Science Volunteer Monitoring Program projects and training, contact Paula Coughlin, Citizen Science Coordinator, 860-928-4948 or email pcoughlin@ctaudubon.org

 

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 paulacoughlin@charter.net

Training Fee per hike: $50 CAS members; $60 non-members. Registration is required.


Breeding Bird Atlas Volunteer Opportunities
Connecticut Bird Atlas Kick-off
 Monday, January 8, 7 p.m.
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 starting in 2018. The project will focus on all birds that breed, winter or migrate in Connecticut.

The scope of the atlas is to understand breeding bird distribution and abundance, to document the changes since the last atlas, 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. 

Such a large effort will yield an abundance of data that could be used by many agencies. The reasons for the project is to contribute meaningful data for the State Action Wildlife Plan, to contribute to conservation planning and, to establish Environment Health Metrics.

The last atlas was published in 1994 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.

Cost: FREE 

 


Master Naturalist Volunteer Training
Tuesdays, March 27 through May 29, 8 a.m.-Noon

Have you always wanted to learn more about the natural sciences? Want to volunteer at the Center? With 40 hours (ten, four hour sessions) of training, this may be the program for you. Registration limited to 15. Click to download the application.

 

 

 

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