Protecting Open Space & Working Lands

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

Bent of the River Audubon Center. Photo: Leslie Kane / Audubon Connecticut

Center Closed, Trails Remain Open

The health of our visitors, supporters, and staff is of utmost importance to the Bent of the River Audubon Center. In an effort to help protect our community, we are following recommendations made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as state and local governments and the center building is closed until further notice.

Our trails are open with appropriate measures to protect the health of our visitors. If you plan to visit, you are welcome to explore outside, but we will not have restrooms or accommodations available. Select here for the latest trail closures due to storm damage.

We are continuing to fulfill our mission of connecting people to nature through online engagement. For the latest information on events and offerings, please visit our events web page and Facebook page.

Contributions to help support the center during your visit may be made online via this link or in a donation box outside the center building at the start of the trails.

For more information, please read our Center Director's official letter to our community here.

Bent of the River Audubon Center 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!

Experience Nature with Audubon

Help Birds on Their Journey
Events

Help Birds on Their Journey

Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 2:00pm Eastern

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Choose Your Own Audubon Adventure
Programs

Choose Your Own Audubon Adventure

Discover nature through personalized guided outings with Bent of the River Audubon Center

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Gourmet Picnic at the Bent
Events

Gourmet Picnic at the Bent

Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 12:00pm Eastern

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Bird Seed Sale
Birds & Wildlife

Bird Seed Sale

Get your seed for the season—Order by October 16th and Pickup on November 14th

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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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Thank You to Our Generous Bent of the River Sponsors

Your annual support is critical to sustaining our local conservation work that birds, other wildlife, and people within our community depend upon. Together, with you, we are providing a safe haven for so many at a time when we all need it most.

To become a Bent of the River sponsor, please contact Kate Pratt at Kathleen.Pratt@audubon.org or 203-405-9113 for information.

Connecticut Community Foundation Pediatric Associates of Western Connecticut, LLC
Diversified Financial Solutions PC Pine Meadow Garden
D. Noel Imagery Savings Bank of Danbury
Gager, Bower & Scalzo, LLP SPCInk​
Giuliano Richardson & Sfara, LLC Southbury Stone & Supply
Ion Bank Union Savings Bank
Litchfield Distillery Wild Birds Unlimited, Danbury
New Morning Market  

GIVE LOCAL 2020: Thank you to our supporters for caring about birds, their habitats, and Bent of the River Audubon Center! Because of your generosity on April 21 and 22, 2020, we raised $14,353 through Connecticut Community Foundation's Give Local event. Thank you also to CCF and the many event sponsors for supporting this amazing local giving opportunity.

News & Information

BentFest
Things To Do

BentFest

Our 2020 celebration has been canceled due to the Covid-19 health risk. We hope to continue the festivities again in 2021. Stay safe and enjoy the beauty of the season!

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.

Show Your Colors
Learn & Explore

Show Your Colors

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

A Moment of Reflection…and Determination
News

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
News

‘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.

Bent of the River Audubon Center CLOSED
News

Bent of the River Audubon Center CLOSED

Our trails remain open, but facilities are not available. Please stay safe!

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.

Give Local
Donate

Give Local

Each spring Bent of the River participates in a 36-hour online giving event hosted by the Connecticut Community Foundation. Thank you to all our supporters for helping to give the Bent a much-needed boost!

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.

Students Go Into the Woods to Improve Forest Health
Conservation

Students Go Into the Woods to Improve Forest Health

The Junior Forest Technician Program offers high school students hands-on experience managing forest habitat.

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