Protecting Forest Habitat & Wildlife

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

Wood Duck. 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

Choose Your Own Audubon Adventure
Programs

Choose Your Own Audubon Adventure

Discover nature through personalized guided outings with Sharon Audubon Center

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Raptor Aviaries
Sharon Audubon Center

Visit the Raptor Aviaries

Come meet our Birds of Prey—our aviaries can be viewed daily from sunrise to sunset with a suggested donation

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Pollinator Garden
Sharon Audubon Center

Wander the Pollinator Garden

The Sharon Audubon Center Pollinator Garden is a great educational resource that has been maintained by the Millbrook Garden Club since 1966—open daily from sunrise to sunset with a suggested donation

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Trails
Visit

Take a Hike

Explore and observe nature with a relaxing walk on our trails—open daily from sunrise to sunset with a suggested donation

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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

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.

Kestrel Nest Box Program Keeps Populations Steady
Conservation

Kestrel Nest Box Program Keeps Populations Steady

How do we increase the statewide population of American Kestrels? One nest box at a time.

Sharon Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic Loses Food Source
Sharon Audubon Center

Sharon Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic Loses Food Source

Local community rallies to help feed orphaned, injured, and ill raptors and other wildlife—but critical ongoing support is still needed

Sharon Audubon Center Awarded Grant to Create Conservation Programming for Torrington High School Students
News

Sharon Audubon Center Awarded Grant to Create Conservation Programming for Torrington High School Students

March 28, 2019—Learn how Audubon is connecting conservation and students through the upcoming launch of a new Butterfly House and garden in Sharon, Conn.

Butterfly House and Native Plant Garden Coming Spring/Summer 2019
News

Butterfly House and Native Plant Garden Coming Spring/Summer 2019

Audubon announces the creation of a Butterfly Flight House and Native Plant Garden at the Sharon Audubon Center

Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic
Sharon Audubon Center

Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic

Each year our center admits hundreds of injured and orphaned birds, mammals, and reptiles—with the goal of providing them with needed care and releasing back into the wild

Wildlife Tips
Birds & Wildlife

Wildlife Tips

What to do if you encounter injured or orphaned baby wildlife

Improving the Quality of Connecticut’s Forests for Birds and Wildlife
News

Improving the Quality of Connecticut’s Forests for Birds and Wildlife

Learn how Audubon Connecticut is working to stem the decline of forest birds through our forest conservation efforts across the state and with partners throughout the Atlantic Flyway

Audubon and DEEP Work to Protect Imperiled Bird Species
News

Audubon and DEEP Work to Protect Imperiled Bird Species

Thanks to statewide efforts, the establishment of these five Important Bird Areas on state-owned and privately held lands will help safeguard critical habitat and jeopardized birds

Critically Ill Bald Eagle Saved Thanks to Local Community Effort
News

Critically Ill Bald Eagle Admitted to Sharon Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic

On the morning of Friday, April 1, 2016, a Bald Eagle in need of care was brought to us by Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Officers—learn more about his story and view photos

How you can help, right now