February events at the Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center

School’s Out Winter Fun Day will be held Friday, Feb. 12, from 10-2.

Children ages 5-10 make Valentine’s treats for our feathered friends, create slimy concoctions, help feed the Coastal Center’s education animals, and hike out to the beach (weather permitting).

Dress for outdoor explorations. Children should bring a peanut/tree nut free snack and lunch. Fee: CAS members $37/child /day: non-members $42/child/day.

Ebirding / Great Backyard Bird Count is Saturday, Feb. 13, from 11-12:30.

Love Birding? Love your smartphone? Then come join us for the Great Backyard Bird Count http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ at the Coastal Center. Michael Aurelia, CAS State Director and e- birder, will lead a session on ebirding, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology app that lets you report your sightings from your smartphone and become a citizen scientist. The director also will lead the group on a birding tour around the Smith Hubbell Wildlife Sanctuary.

Recommended ages 10 years and up. Dress for the weather; bring your smart phone and binoculars or borrow ours. Registration required.

Fee: Free for CAS members / suggested donation $3.

Owl Diet Discovery! will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, from 1:30-3.

Do you ever wonder what an owl eats? Why it coughs up a pellet? Pick apart a pellet, use a tiny tool, find out what’s inside, owl behavior is so cool. Prepare to be amazed when you study the remains of an owl’s dinner here at the Coastal Center.

We’ll provide the tools for you to study this extraordinary eating strategy. Family program for ages 7 and up. Children must be accompanied by an actively participating adult.

Fee: CAS members $ 6/person; non-members $ 8/person.

For more information and to register, call the Coastal Center at 203-878-7440. Programs are held at the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford.

Founded in 1898 by pioneering conservationist Mabel Osgood Wright, Connecticut Audubon Society conserves Connecticut’s environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on the state’s bird populations and their habitats. Connecticut Audubon Society operates nature centers in Fairfield, Milford, Glastonbury and Pomfret, as well as an EcoTravel office in Essex. Connecticut Audubon Society manages 19 wildlife sanctuaries around the state, preserves over 2,600 acres of open space in Connecticut and educates more than 200,000 children and adults annually.

Website: ctaudubon.org