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CT Audubon Birdcraft Museum

314 Unquowa Road

Founded in 1914, Birdcraft is the first private bird sanctuary in the United States.  This six-acre site  was originally planted as a refuge to attract, harbor, and feed migratory and resident birds.  To date, more than 120 bird species have been recorded on its grounds.  Birdcraft’s focus today is offering premier natural history education programs and events for children and adults.  It is also a federally-licensed Bird-Banding Station.

The grounds at Birdcraft include the Birdcraft Sanctuary and the Museum and Caretakers Cottage.  The Sanctuary consists of a pond and gardens that have been planted to attract birds and butterflies.  A teaching bridge and pavilion have been built over the pond to allow visitors to view the full natural beauty of the sanctuary.

The Museum and Cottage were the original headquarters of the Connecticut Audubon Society.  The Museum is currently closed for renovation, but the sanctuary and grounds are open.   In 2001, the Cottage was redesigned as a Visitor’s Center with a classroom, library and gift shop.


Richard Westhaver

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Place looks beautiful from the outside. Too bad it's closed on Sundays, otherwise I would not have driven down here.

Katya Maiser

Monday, Aug. 8, 2016
This looked to be a very neat stop on our drive through the coast of CT. An inner city bird sanctuary along the coast and on the Long Island sound. Their hours posted here on Google Maps are not current though. We arrived Saturday well before their posted closing time of 4 p.m. and they were locked up tight, both the museum and the walking trails. I strongly recommend calling ahead to be sure it's open. I am from a rural area where the idea of a bird sanctuary is something very different from what they have to work with ... so I was very interested in seeing how it was done in an area sandwiched between highways and a residential area. From the parking area, it looks very well done and they must provide a very needed area for area and migratory birds to take a break.

Justin _

Sunday, July 23, 2017
Small but nice, a little loop and it's done. Close to I95 so it's loud.

Wendy C

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Katherine Bowers

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

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