A short walk from the Fairfield train stop and a stones throw to the Connecticut Turnpike, is a six-acre oasis and the oldest private bird sanctuary in the United States. Founded in 1914, the Birdcraft Museum is the birthplace of the Connecticut Audubon Society. A museum on the property contains dioramas of wildlife and habitats from the beginning of the 20th century. Trails run through the property around a pond and gardens planted to attract birds and butterflies. The museum and visitor's center have limited hours, although the trails are open every day during daylight hours. The Birdcraft Museum, 314 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nonmembers pay $2. The surrounding sanctuary is open daily from dawn to dusk. Information: www.ctaudubon.org or 203-259-0416.
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