About Us

Located just over a mile from Interstate 84 between Danbury and Waterbury, Connecticut, Audubon Center Bent of the River features 700 acres of Audubon-owned and ­-managed land that is part of the Atlantic Flyway and a designated Important Bird Area with more than 1 mile of frontage on the Pomperaug River, early successional habitats, and a mix of forest types. This nature sanctuary and education center encompasses widely diverse habitats, which support a fascinating mix of plants and animals, unique geology, and a rich cultural history that dates back to 1673.

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A complex of historic buildings and a portion of the Rochambeau Trail make visitors feel as if they have stepped back in time. An 1800s-era historic barn functions as the center building with Audubon displays. A covered viewing deck, off the barn, is a popular spot for visitors to catch close-up views of feeder birds. The center and staff are the state coordinators for Bird Tales—a therapeutic program that helps people living with dementia—and Audubon’s Grasslands & Shrublands work in Connecticut, which strives to protect species like Blue-winged Warbler and Indigo Bunting.

History
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Bent of the River's History

Audubon is only the third owner of the Bent of the River property—learn more about its special heritage

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Important Bird Areas
Conservation

Important Bird Areas in Southbury & Beyond

Audubon's IBA Program is dedicated to protecting sustainable populations of birds locally and around the globe

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Who We Are

Audubon Center Bent of the River is part of Audubon Connecticut, a state office of the National Audubon Society. Bent of the River is one of three Audubon Connecticut centers in the state—the sister centers include the Audubon Center in Greenwich and Sharon Audubon Center. Our shared mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.

Staff
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Staff

Learn more about our talented staff who help carry out our mission and manage our center's operations

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Stewardship Board
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Stewardship Board

We greatly appreciate the dedication of our volunteer Stewardship Board, who help make our center a success

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Community Partners
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Community Partners

Thank you to our Community Partners for making a difference in our community

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Things To Do

Trails
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Take a Hike

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

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Pollinator Gardens
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Discover our Pollinator Gardens

Come see what is blooming and which birds are active in our naturalized plantings throughout the year

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Volunteer
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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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Help make the world a better place