Protecting Forest Habitat & Wildlife

Working together for birds, nature, and people of Connecticut & the Atlantic Flyway

Cedar Waxwing. Photo: Peter Brannon/Audubon Photography Awards

COVID-19 & CENTER CLOSURE STATUS

The health of our visitors, supporters, and staff is of utmost importance. To help protect the Sharon Audubon Center community from COVID-19, we are following recommendations made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as state and local governments.

Until further notice, please note the following:

  • INDOORS - MASKS and SOCIAL DISTANCING are required for all individuals in indoor locations at our center
  • OUTDOORS – Only non-COVID-vaccinated individuals must wear a mask OR practice social distancing when in proximity to others not in their personal group/cohort
  • Our SANCTUARY TRAILS are OPEN daily from sunrise to sunset
  • Our CENTER BUILDING(S), NATURE STORE, and facilities (including restrooms) are CLOSED
  • Our WILDLIFE REHABILITATION CLINIC is taking in animals by APPOINTMENT ONLY—please visit the clinic web page for more information
  • We are offering EVENTS AND PROGRAMS at limited capacity—please visit our events web page and Facebook page for the latest information

During these challenging times, our center has lost critical funding, staff positions, and programs, but we continue to forge ahead to connect people with nature and sustain the local conservation work that birds, other wildlife, and people in our community depend upon. If you wish to help to support the center, please click here to make a contribution.

Thank you for your shared dedication to protecting birds, other wildlife, and the habitats they depend on!

Welcome

As part of Audubon Connecticut, a state office of the National Audubon Society and the Atlantic Flyway, Sharon Audubon Center's mission is to protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We steward four nature sanctuaries and more than 2,100 primarily wooded acres in Northwestern Connecticut. We serve our community as an engaging nature education center, Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic, and the hub for Audubon’s Forests conservation work in Connecticut.

Visitors are welcome to enjoy trails, live animal exhibits, nature programs, and conservation-themed events throughout the year. Come learn and explore with us!

Experience Nature with Audubon

Thankful for Wildlife Trail
Things To Do

Take a Stroll on the Thankful for Wildlife Trail

Come explore our latest themed trail, November 12 - 30 from sunrise to sunset. We invite you to follow the signs on our grounds and experience our expression of gratitude for our local wildlife. Enjoy!

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Discovering Winter Birding
Events

Discovering Winter Birding

Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 10:00am Eastern

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Trixie Strauss Christmas Bird Count 2021
Events

Trixie Strauss Christmas Bird Count 2021

Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 12:00am Eastern

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Choose Your Own Audubon Adventure
Programs

Choose Your Own Audubon Adventure

Discover nature through personalized guided outings with Sharon Audubon Center—or give a private adventure as the perfect holiday gift!

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17-Year-Old Climate Activist and Rehab Volunteer Making a Difference

Scout Pronto Breslin is interested in finding nature-based, sustainable solutions to take on the climate crisis. Where does she get her inspiration? From Cliff, the Peregrine Falcon, and others at our Sharon Audubon Center Rehabilitation Clinic.

Scout started volunteering at the Sharon Audubon Center in 2018, caring for the wildlife patients and hand-feeding orphaned songbirds in our rehab clinic. Throughout the years, she has also cared for our resident educational animals. Scout participated in the Teen Rehab Internship Program, an intensive week-long summer camp for teens that provides training in animal care and basic wildlife rehabilitation practices. She has also enjoyed teaching visitors about our resident animals on display and started training in handling our resident educational birds of prey on the glove for educational programs.

Thank you Scout for your amazing work and dedication to wildlife and nature!

Want to make a difference too? Support our educational opportunities and conservation work—and make a donation today.

News & Information

What is Winter Bird Counting?
Learn & Explore

What is Winter Bird Counting?

Learn how to take part in this fun winter pastime while helping birds and nature too!

Show Your Colors
Learn & Explore

Show Your Colors

Celebrate diversity by choosing, coloring, and sharing these fun coloring pages

Celebrating Black Conservation Heroes at the Sharon Audubon Center
News

Celebrating Black Conservation Heroes at the Sharon Audubon Center

In honor of Black History Month, Sharon Audubon Center partnered with a local high school to inform visitors about conservation heroes of color.

Audubon: “History—and we–will hold responsible the elected officials who have promoted the assault on our democracy.”
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Audubon: “History—and we–will hold responsible the elected officials who have promoted the assault on our democracy.”

A statement from David Yarnold, president and CEO of the National Audubon Society.

Birds in Crisis: What Can I Do?
Conservation

Birds in Crisis: What Can I Do?

An exhibit and online presentation highlighting important ecological concerns affecting you and our natural world

Great American Outdoors Act Will Benefit Birds, People, and Parks Across Connecticut
News

Great American Outdoors Act Will Benefit Birds, People, and Parks Across Connecticut

Now signed by the President, the Great American Outdoors Act is officially law.

A Moment of Reflection…and Determination
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A Moment of Reflection…and Determination

Audubon CEO David Yarnold shares the message he sent to all Audubon staff after a weekend of turmoil and heartbreak in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of the police.

‘Black Birders Week’ Promotes Diversity and Takes on Racism in the Outdoors
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‘Black Birders Week’ Promotes Diversity and Takes on Racism in the Outdoors

Sparked by a racist incident last week in Central Park, the new initiative aims to boost recognition and representation of Black people enjoying and studying the natural world.

Share the Love, #ShareTheShore
Conservation

Share the Love, #ShareTheShore

It's more than just a hashtag. Use this digital toolkit to make waves for vulnerable birds.

New Audubon Science: Two-Thirds of North American Birds at Risk of Extinction Due to Climate Change
Conservation

New Audubon Science: Two-Thirds of North American Birds at Risk of Extinction Due to Climate Change

Enter your zip code into Audubon’s Birds and Climate Visualizer and it will show you how climate change will impact your birds and your community and includes ways you can help.

How you can help, right now