DUCK: Water Fowl in New England Ponds and Marshes

pintail duck

Raptors Overhead: Avian Hunters in New England Skies

red-tailed hawk


This two part course* will be offered by the Director of Education for the Audubon Center, Bent of the River, in Southbury. These back-to-back sessions will follow up on previously well-attended classes, to round out the picture of birds and other creatures found in the woods and waterways of Connecticut. On-site visits to appropriate settings will be included, as well as an encounter with a live bird of prey program, either on a weekend morning, or in one of our evening classes.

*Note: Double registration is encouraged, with a discount offered for the combination, 10-week program.

Instructor: Ken Elkins


Wednesday, October 23, 30, November 6, 13
Allbritton 311
Field trip: November 9 (Rain date may be needed)
$145 per course, $250 for both bird courses


Wednesday, September 18, 25, October 2, 9  
Allbritton 311
Field trip: October 5 (Rain date may be needed)
$145 per course, $250 for both bird courses

Ken Elkins
KEN ELKINS first took an interest in birds when he was 10 years old, while watching the birds at his grandmother’s feeders in Vermont. He has been obsessed ever since. Elkins started his career in conservation education at Westmoor Park and quickly moved on to the Connecticut Audubon Society, leading many eco-travel trips, competing in the World Series of Birding, and directing the education programs for all five centers. In 2008, Elkins joined National Audubon, where he is the education program manager at the Audubon Center at Bent of the River in Southbury. In the past few years, he has tripled the enrollment in their summer camps and created a nationally recognized therapeutic program called “Bird Tales,” which uses birds to engage people with dementia. Elkins is a former president of the Connecticut Ornithological Association. He has served as the Christmas Bird Count compiler for the Woodbury-Roxbury CBC since 2012 and is the West-Central regional coordinator for the 2018–2020 Connecticut Bird Atlas project