Protecting Open Space & Working Lands

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

Photo: Jake Tilton

Audubon Center Bent of the River is a 700-acre nature sanctuary and education center located in Southbury, Connecticut. It is part of Audubon Connecticut (a state office of the National Audubon Society) and the Atlantic Flyway, and is dedicated to Audubon's open space and working lands conservation efforts in Connecticut.

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

Thank you to New Morning Market, a generous sponsor of the Audubon Center Bent of the River. And, thank you to those who supported the Bent during the Ion Bank Foundation Community Awards 2018 Program, the 2018 Give Local event, and The Great Give® 2018!

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BentFest 2018
Things To Do

BentFest 2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - Join Audubon Center Bent of the River for fun fall festivities for all ages! Hayrides, live music, nature walks, food & libations, and more...

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Year of the Bird
Get Involved

Make This Your Year of the Bird

Each month take small actions to make a difference for birds. September's featured action is to Help Birds On Their Journey. Window collisions are a major cause of bird deaths. Turn off lights at night and use decals to make your windows bird-friendly. Other actions like mow less, avoid pesticides, think organic, and save water make a difference too. Join the 2018 Year of the Bird celebration!

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Birds of the Bent
Birds & Wildlife

Birds of the Bent

Discover the bird species observed at Audubon Center Bent of the River

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Volunteer
Get Involved

Volunteer

Explore the many ways you can make a difference for both the wildlife and the people who call Connecticut home

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Trails
Visit

Take a Hike

Explore and observe nature on 15 miles of trails—open daily from sunrise to sunset

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News & Updates

So-called Modern Fish Act Takes Us Backwards
Conservation

So-called Modern Fish Act Takes Us Backwards

Current legislation could return us to the times when overfishing and fish scarcity harmed seabirds and coastal economies. Urge your U.S. Representative to vote "no" before July 11, 2018.

Give Local
Donate

Give Local

Help support Bent of the River on April 24-25, 2018 as we participate in a 36-hour online giving event hosted by the Connecticut Community Foundation

Audubon Names Ana Paula Tavares as Head of New York and Connecticut State Offices
News

Audubon Names Ana Paula Tavares as Head of New York and Connecticut State Offices

Tavares will become executive director of Audubon New York and Audubon Connecticut after successful tenure at Rainforest Alliance.

Vote for the Bent
Donate

Vote for the Bent

Help the Bent! We will receive a donation of $25 from the Ion Bank Foundation for every Community Awards Program vote for Audubon Center Bent of the River from February 1 through March 31, 2018.

Audubon at School
Programs

Audubon at School

Learn how Audubon Connecticut and our Centers are working to advance science education and conservation through hands-on learning

2017 Annual Conservation Achievement Report
News

2017 Annual Conservation Achievement Report

Take a moment to view the great work you helped to accomplish

Historic Audubon Barn Receives a Spring Facelift
News

Historic Audubon Barn Receives a Spring Facelift

Thanks to generous donations, the barn and learning center at Audubon Center Bent of the River got some TLC

Audubon Vitae
Senior Programs

Audubon Vitae

Discover how this program is creating a more enriching, active lifestyle for older adults through engaging nature experiences.

Audubon and DEEP Work to Protect Imperiled Bird Species
Senior Programs

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

Improving the Habitat of the Pomperaug River
News

Improving the Habitat of the Pomperaug River

View this video created by one of our dedicated volunteers and watch the Bent of the River's instream work on the Pomperaug River come to life

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