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

COVID-19 & CENTER CLOSURE STATUS

The health of our visitors, supporters, and staff is of utmost importance. To help protect the Bent of the River 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 and BIRD OBSERVATION BALCONY at the Barn are OPEN daily from sunrise to sunset
  • Our CENTER BUILDING(S) are CLOSED, except RESTROOMS are OPEN
  • 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!

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. Learn and explore with us!

Experience Nature with Audubon

Choose Your Own Audubon Adventure
Programs

Choose Your Own Audubon Adventure

Share the wonder of nature with family and friends and enjoy a private, guided outing at Bent of the River—or give one as a special gift.

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Bent of the River Featured on Lauren's Crazy Pet Show
News

Bent of the River Featured on Lauren's Crazy Pet Show

Thank you Lauren's Crazy Pet Show for visiting Bent of the River Audubon Center. Check out our segment!

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Birds of the Bent
Birds & Wildlife

Birds of the Bent

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

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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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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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American Goldfinch. Photo: Will Stuart

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.

Select here if you'd like to learn more and become a Corporate Sponsor

For sponsorship questions, please contact Kate Pratt at Kathleen.Pratt@audubon.org or 203-405-9113.

Connecticut Community Foundation Litchfield Distillery
Diversified Financial Solutions PC Pediatric Associates of Western Connecticut, LLC
D. Noel Imagery Pine Meadow Garden
Gager, Bower & Scalzo, LLP Salem Foundation Fund
Giuliano Richardson & Sfara, LLC SPCInk
Ion Bank Union Savings Bank
Law Office of Lisa Wnuck, LLC Wild Birds Unlimited, Brookfield

GIVE LOCAL 2021: Thank you to our supporters for caring about birds, their habitats, and Bent of the River Audubon Center! Because of your generosity on April 20 and 21, 2021, we raised $21,615 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. This is much-needed support as birds and people continue to flock to our center amid the loss of funding sources and staff positions due to the COVID-19 crisis. We cannot thank our community enough!

News & Information

Bent of the River Featured on Lauren's Crazy Pet Show
News

Bent of the River Featured on Lauren's Crazy Pet Show

Thank you Lauren's Crazy Pet Show for visiting Bent of the River Audubon Center. Check out our segment!

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

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.

Banding Confirms Birds Depend on a Healthy and Diverse Forest Habitat
News

Banding Confirms Birds Depend on a Healthy and Diverse Forest Habitat

Bird-friendly forest management can help birds that nest and raise their young in the woods.

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.

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.

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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