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Milford Point Audubon

Difficulty: Easy

Main Attractions: Bird sanctuary, nature center, ocean beach, observation tower.

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Milford Point Audubon is more a coastal education center than a place to hike extensively. However, it's an interesting place and presents you with a chance to learn a lot about coastal Connecticut and the Long Island Sound. While you're there you can walk along the shoreline for a different type of hike and experience the ecosystems that are common along the shorelines of Connecticut. If you're into bird watching with an eye for the "frequent flyers" of the Sound then you'll want to check out Milford Point Audubon. (They now have a live "Opsrey Cam" on their website. Click here to see the Osprey's nest and visit their website)   The center has outstanding observatories both inside and out that not only give great views of the surrounding beach area but perfect angles to photograph, paint, study, or just enjoy the dozens of varieties of water fowl. Osprey, ducks, herring, loons, mockingbirds, snow geese, swan, sandpipers, and the first known peregrine falcon pair to nest along the Milford shore for the first time in decades, await the curious visitor.

Inside the center's main area is a fantastic educational center that explains in great detail, but in an easily understood manner, how the Housatonic River watershed is an intricate ecosystem that is extremely sensitive to changes. It's an important life force that starts up in the mountains of Vermont and ends as the Housatonic River spills out into the Long Island Sound. If you've ever wondered how something works, stop by Milford Point Audubon and be educated in a fun and informative manner. One look at the information presented to you will cause you to have a greater understanding of your responsibility in maintaining clean air, water, and soil. If all of us understood how precious and awesome western Connecticut natural resources are, there would be no pollution or problems with the environment.

Although you may not think of beach front property as a destination during the colder months, the center is a great place to check out year round. In the summer, you can combine your visit with other activities that are abundant in this part of Connecticut. The center is a great place to bring children as they are sure to love a shoreline exploration as well as the interactive exhibits designed specifically for children. Milford Point Audubon also has numerous planned activities, exhibits, and educational shows which allows the visitor to choose something of interest to them. Visit their website to find out about such things as bird watching, shell fishing, stargazing, marine biology. Milford Point Audubon doesn't have miles of trails to explore but it has a nice shoreline walk. Mix that in with a great visitor center and observation tower, and you've got great experience.

Directions: Get to Interstate 95 and take exit 34. Here are the directions from Milford Point Audubon website:
Take exit 34 off of I-95. Turn right at light where exit ramp meets Route 1. Go 1/2 mile to third light at Naugatuck Ave. Turn left on Naugatuck and go 0.8 mi. to second light at Milford Point Rd. Turn right and follow Milford Point Rd. 1/2 mi, passing tennis courts on right and small wildlife sanctuary (at 1.1 mi.) to stop sign at Seaview Ave. Turn right, go .35 mile to Sanctuary. Road forks: take the right fork (left fork is private road) into parking area.

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