Winter 2015

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Reservations must be made for these walks, workshops, and programs.

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for any scheduled programming, please contact the

South Fork Natural History Museum at
(631) 537-9735
email: sofo@hamptons.com


There is no charge for SoFo Members (unless otherwise stated).
Non-Members are charged $7 per adult and $5 per child (ages 3-12).
Children 2 years and Under are free of charge. Fees include a visit to the
museum on the day of the program.

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Winter 2015 Calendar



January, 2015 top ^

Hibernation Station - Story & Craft

1/3/2015 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Nicole Cummings, SoFo Nature Educator

Children ages 3 to 5 years

Hop on board the hibernation train with your conductor Nicole as we discover different animals that go to sleep during the cold winter months. Put on your warmest pajamas and bring a blanket as we read Hibernation Station, by Michelle Meadows. After our story, we’ll create our very own hibernation scene where we’ll help some local animals find a spot to sleep for the winter. Materials fee $3.

Photo: Hibernation Station Book Cover

SoFo Tour - Stony Brook Southampton Marine Sciences Center

1/3/2015 · 10 am - Saturday
Southampton
Leader: Tour Leader: Chris Paparo, Manager, Stony Brook Southampton Marine Sciences Center

Adults and Teens

Join us for a unique opportunity to visit and tour the new Stony Brook Southampton Marine Sciences Center. The 15,000-square foot, two-story Center, which opened in 2013, is home to cuttingedge and internationally recognized research on harmful algal blooms, ocean acidification, sea grasses, shellfish, and ocean acoustics. A central feature of the new facility is a computerized, state-of-the-art 2,500-square-foot indoor seawater lab, which is capable of supplying three different seawater scenarios. The new Center allows Stony Brook Southampton to greatly expand their current research and bring awareness of our marine environment to the local community through lectures, tours, and trips aboard its research vessels.

Photo Credit - Stony Brook Southampton Marince Sciences Center. Stony Brook University

Full Moon Owl Prowl

1/4/2015 · 7:30 pm - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Joe Giunta

For Adults

Joe Giunta, birding instructor for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, trip leader for New York City Audubon and lecturer for many local chapters, and owner of Happy Warblers LLC, a birding and educational travel company


Joe Giunta is one of SoFo’s most engaging birding teachers, and this foray is one of his most enjoyable. The evening starts with a brief slide show and taped calls to acquaint you with our native owls. Then Joe will take you into the woods to call owls in for actual sightings. There is a good possibility that you will see an Eastern Screech Owl and maybe even a Great Horned Owl, whose courtship period begins at this time of year. This walk is for adults, but children over the age of 12 may attend. Bring binoculars and a flashlight. Limited enrollment.


Photo Credit: Eastern Screech Owl

Magical Folds - The Secrets to Origami

1/4/2015 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator

Adults & Children ages 10 +

Origami, the art of folding paper, has been around since 105 A.D., originating in China. From there, it spread to Japan and advanced in complexity, becoming both a recreational and a ceremonial art form. Through the centuries, it has lived on in many different fashions in many different countries. Modern origami has become a mathematical art form and has expanded into a number of scientific fields. Join Lindsey for a brief presentation on origami’s impact on science and the simple mathematical principles governing paper folding. You’ll also have a chance to make your own folded paper creation. Materials fee $5.

Photo Credit: Wet-folded Bull by Emre Ayaroglu

Full "Wolf Moon" Hike at SoFo

1/4/2015 · 7 pm - 8 pm - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Dai Dayton, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt President

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)

Legend has it that native tribes related this moon to the nighttime howling of wolves. Join us to mark the first of the year’s full moons on this leisurely-paced hike through open-field trails and, afterward, warm up with some light refreshments and convivial conversation.


Photo Credit: Full Moon by Gregory H. Rivera

"Backpack Adventures" - Mecox Bay Birding

1/10/2015 · 10 am - Saturday
Mecox
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

Children ages 8 to 12 years

A trip to Mecox Bay provides naturalists with a great winter adventure and, by walking a short distance, we’ll be able to observe both bay and ocean birds. Be sure to bundle up as you join Crystal, who will help you to identify and draw (with the aid of stencils) some of our wintering waterfowl. While we look for birds, we’ll also keep an eye out for storm-tossed shells. Each participant will borrow a SoFo backpack of tools to experiment with, including binoculars, magnifiers, sample containers, a magnet, a compass, and identification guides. There’ll be plenty of time for everyone to write in their own nature journal. This program is limited to 10 children. Materials fee $2 per nature journal, unless you already have one.

Photo Credit: Bufflehead by MDF 2006 Toronto Canada

Glacier Time! The Last Ice Age

1/10/2015 · 2 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

Children ages 6 to 9 years

What was life like in the last Ice Age? New York was covered by a mile-high all of ice, called a glacier, and all the animals had to move south. Luckily, the world warmed up and the glacier melted back to the Arctic, leaving the Long Island we know today. Come experiment with ice and snow to learn how the glacier flowed south, how it created our home, and where it is today. Materials fee $3.

Photo: Glacier by Donarreiskoffer 2004


Annual Winter Waterfowl Count

1/17/2015 · Dawn to Dusk
Montauk to Shinnecock
Leader: Frank Quevedo, SoFo Executive Director

At one time a great variety of waterfowl wintered on Long Island. Now, due to habitat loss, food scarcity, and the introduction of nonnative species of water birds, our wintering population of waterfowl is slowly diminishing. To assess this situation and record the number of overwintering waterfowl, the New York State Ornithological Association sponsors an annual waterfowl count throughout the state. If you are an experienced or intermediate birder, we would be delighted to have you join us. To do so, call Frank at (631) 537- 9735 for further information.

Photo Credit: Common Eider by Andreas Trepte

Who Lives in That Tree?

1/17/2015 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton
Leader: Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

Children ages 3 to 5 years

A tree is a home for many different animals. Some make their homes high in the branches, some live down low under the roots, and others live under the tree’s bark. We will read a poem about who lives in a tree and take a nature walk at SoFo to look for different tree shapes and to see how trees are homes for animals.

Photo: Raccoons


Observing Seals - Family Nature Walk

1/18/2015 · 12 Noon - Sunday
Montauk
Leader: Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator

On Long Island animal species differ greatly from the summer season to the winter season. During the winter months seals visit our waters, migrating south from northern waters to utilize the habitat Long Island has to offer. Join Lindsey for this walk along the forested Seal Haul-Out Trail in Montauk and down to the rocky shore to observe these marine mammals, learn about their behavior, why they come to Long Island in winter, and other surprising facts about their lives. This walk is about one-half mile, so keep that in mind when bringing small children. To aid in viewing the seals, please bring binoculars and/or a spotting scope.

Photo: Harbor Seals at Montauk

Terrestrial Investigation - Earthworm & Grasshopper Dissection

1/24/2015 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 8+

Many visitors to the field behind SoFo often overlook two of the most important creatures who live there and provide food for animals and plants: the earthworm and the grasshopper. Earthworms are a favorite food of the Eastern Box Turtle but, more importantly, earthworms eat dead plants, and their castings provide essential nutrients for living plants. Grasshoppers are a favorite food of many birds, such as the Eastern Bluebird and Wild Turkey. Grasshoppers eat green plants, and their frass will become fertilizer. Join Crystal for a short presentation about these important invertebrates and then study some specially prepared earthworms and grasshoppers to see how they perform their important jobs. Materials Fee $10.

Photo Credit: Grasshopper by Drriss Marrionn

Creepy Crawlies in the House

1/24/2015 · 2 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

For All Ages

When winter comes, people’s warm houses become very attractive to the cold animals left outside. Mostly invertebrates, these creatures quietly share our space for the season without us ever noticing, but some may try to share our winter food supply. Learn who’s who in your house, and who may cause problems. Kid friendly, with interesting information for adults; we will feature a short presentation, an activity for children, and some live examples of South Fork winter housemates.

Photo Credit: House Centipede by Didier Descouens

Panthera & Wild Cats Film: Lost Land of the Tiger

1/24/2015 · 7 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Panthera

Lost Land of the Tiger


A wild cat video/film production featuring the staff and conservation work of Panthera, the world’s leading wild cat conservation organization.

Lost Land of the Tiger

Lost Land of the Tiger is a BBC documentary series following tiger expert and Panthera CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, and a team of scientists as they search for tigers in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.


Dr. Alan Rabinowitz is one of the world's leading big cat experts, and has even been called "The Indiana Jones of Wildlife Protection" by TIME Magazine. It's no surprise that BBC has decided to feature him as their big cat expert in its Lost Land of the Tiger series.
Almost 5 million viewers in the UK tuned in to watch the exciting expedition that resulted in video footage of tigers possibly breeding at the highest elevation ever recorded in Bhutan – approximately 13,500 feet. We have known for quite some time, due to the long-standing efforts of Bhutanese, Indonesian and other international tiger conservationists, that tigers have been present at this elevation. This new footage, however, indicates that tigers might be doing more than just passing through.


Photo Credit: Tiger by Lotse

"Backpack Adventures" - at Long Pond ****CANCELLED

1/31/2015 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

*******Cancelled due to high accumulation of snow.

For Children ages 5 to 7 years

Join Crystal as she explores the upland and lowland forest trails in the upper Long Pond Greenbelt Preserve. We will look for oak apples, turkey-tail mushrooms, animal tracks, evergreen plants, and interesting leaves. Participants will borrow a backpack of tools and experiment with a compass and map, identification guides, magnifiers and binoculars, and use crayons to make detailed rubbings in their nature journal. This program is limited to 10 children. Materials fee $2 per nature journal, unless you already have one.

Photo: Crooked Pond in Winter

Sink or Swim? Buoyancy for Babies

1/31/2015 · 2 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Nicole Cummings, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 3 to 5 years

When an object sinks, it is forced down by gravity, and when an object floats, it remains on the surface of a liquid. What objects sink? What objects float? Do certain shapes float better than others? Accompany Nicole as we make predictions as to which natural objects will sink and which objects will float. After we make our predictions, we will put these objects to the test in a tub of water! Make sure to wear clothes that can get wet.

Photo Credit: Floating Oak Leaf by William Warby

River Otters on Long Island

1/31/2015 · 7 pm - 8 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Mike Bottini, Wilfelife Biologist and Author

Adults and Teens

Otters are slowly making a comeback on Long Island! Join Mike Bottini for a talk about the natural history of this fascinating creature, its history on Long Island and in New York State, how to survey areas for this elusive animal, and current research efforts on behalf of the river otter.

Photo Credit: North American River Otter by Demitri Azovtsev



February, 2015 top ^

Flubbermania! The Secrets of Polymer Chemistry

2/1/2015 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 6 to 12 years

Let’s make Flubber! It’s gooey, made from common household ingredients, and teaches us about polymers. A polymer is a large molecule made up of repeating smaller units that are connected by chemical bonds, like a chain of beads on a string. This long chain structure gives polymers their characteristic strength and flexibility. We will explore the chemistry of natural polymers found in proteins like hair, cellulose in plants, DNA, and synthetic polymers as in plastics. Materials fee $3.

Photo: Making Flubber!

(Night After) Full "Snow Moon" Hike at SoFo

2/4/2015 · 7 pm - 8 pm - Wednesday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Jean Dodds, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt Secretary

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)

The Farmer’s Almanac tells us that since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full moon the Full Snow Moon. Join us on this leisurely paced hike through openfield trails, behind the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo), and stay afterward for some light refreshments and convivial conversation.

Photo Credit: Full Moon by Gregory H. Rivera

Birding with Frank - Shinnecock Bird Specialties

2/7/2015 · 10 am - Saturday
Shinnecock
Leader: Frank Quevedo, SoFo Executive Director

The barrier beach area at Shinnecock is one of the few remaining undeveloped dune/salt marsh habitats on the eastern end of Long Island, an area that frequently has wintering snowy owls and shorteared owls. Join Frank on this birding expedition at Shinnecock, one of SoFo’s most popular birding walks. If we’re lucky, we may see either of these two owls and even an American Bittern, Snow Bunting, or a lingering Clapper Rail. Bring binoculars and/or spotting scope and a Field Guide to Birds of the Eastern United States (if you have one). This walk is for adults, although children over the age of 10 may attend.

Photo Credit: Snow Bunting by Kelly Colgan Azar

A Tree in Four Seasons - Arts & Crafts

2/7/2015 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo

For Children ages 3 to 5 years

Trees are changing all year long, but always staying beautiful. Come to SoFo for fun arts-and-crafts based on the trees around us! We will learn about the four seasons, think about how trees deal with the changing weather, and leave with some colorful, treeinspired art work. Materials Fee $4.

Photo Credit: Four Seasons by Rachel Kramer

Where'd It Go? Animal Camouflage

2/8/2015 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 6 to 9 years

Animals use a variety of colors and shapes to either decorate their bodies or hide themselves from the world. Join Lindsey as she works with live animals to demonstrate how crucial it is for some animals to hide. We’ll discuss the types of color patterns animals have and why showy colors develop. Bring your observational skills to find these hidden creatures and match animals to their appropriate environment. We’ll also practice our coloring techniques to help some animals hide within the museum.

Photo: Fowlers Toad

Drawing with Natural Materials - Using Winter Grasses, Stems, Branches & Traditional Brushes

2/14/2015 · 11 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Christine Morro. “Informed by landscape – walking observing listening – I write photograph and create hand work from my experience in wild places – form shape line color light and mostly the mystery of what cannot be intellectually articulated are the bones of my work.” Go to forthetimebeing.weebly.com to learn more about Christine.(SoFo).

For Adults and Children 8+

Moving from the elemental and spare qualities of winter into the first stirrings of spring, we will explore the primary and direct nature of drawing, approaching it through an exploration of markmaking using grasses, stems, branches, and traditional brushes. From cave art in Lascaux to the finger painting of preschoolers, drawing touches our primary urge to express. We will go out directly in the landscape, walk, observe, and experience how wild places inform the creative process...we will have an opportunity to collect our tools then enter the studio for a session of hand work. Whether we are complete beginners or have been making art for years, our journey will be one of fresh discovery. Workshop and materials fee $15. Limited to 10 participants.

Photo Credit: Drawing with Natural Objects by Christine Morro

The Power of Proteins & Protein Folding

2/14/2015 · 2 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

For Teens

Proteins are molecules, essential for living things. To do their many jobs, proteins fold themselves into fantastic three-dimensional shapes connected by chemical bonds. We will use bendable molecular models to see how these intricate folding patterns determine the function of protein molecules, how computer models can predict folding patterns, and how, when folding goes wrong, human disease can result.

Photo: Protein before and after folding

Birding with Frank - Sea Ducks

2/14/2015 · 9 am - Saturday
Montauk
Leader: Frank Quevedo, SoFo Executive Director

Adults and Children 10+

Thousands of scoters, loons, eiders, and many other arctic avians come to our inshore waters off Montauk Point each winter to feed on the vegetation and invertebrates that live on the ocean floor. Here we will scan the ocean surface with our scopes and try to identify these arctic visitors as they dive for food and frolic in the surf. Bring binoculars and/or a scope, and a Field Guide to Birds of the Eastern United States, if you have one. This program is for adults; however children ages 10 and older may attend.

Photo Credit: Red-throated Loon by Kelly Colgan Azar

Panthera & Wild Cats Film

2/15/2015 · 2 pm - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Panthera

Panthera & Wild Cats

A wild cat video/film production featuring the staff and conservation work of Panthera, the world’s leading wild cat conservation organization.

American Cougar

American Cougar tells a unique story of a community of cougars whose skills are illustrated and tested as they struggle to survive in the severe landscape of the Northern Rocky Mountains. A determined team of researchers, led by houndsman and researcher Boone Smith, mount grueling expeditions in attempts to gain precious scientific data. The story features F51, a young crafty female who makes her way through the winter, but is tested as she struggles to bring her unborn litter to a healthy birth after a cruel winter. The matron, wise F109, carries the key to crucial scientific data, but she’s a ghost, and a true master of escape.

Photo: North American Cougar

Are you a Reptile?

2/16/2015 · 10 am - Monday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator

Winter School Recess Programs at SoFo: For All Ages


Reservations Appreciated!

Photo Credit: Eastern Box Turtle by Ken Thomas

Birding in Vineyard Field

2/17/2015 · 10 am - Tuesday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Nicole Cummings, SoFo Nature Educator

Winter School Recess Programs at SoFo: For All Ages

Reservations Appreciated!

Photo Credit: White Throated Sparrow by Cephas

Are you an Amphibian?

2/18/2015 · 10 am - Wednesday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

Winter School Recess Programs at SoFo: For All Ages

Reservations Appreciated!

Photo: Spotted Salamander

Great Migration Challenge

2/19/2015 · 10 am - Thursday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

Winter School Recess Programs at SoFo: For All Ages

Reservations Appreciated!

Photo Credit: Magnolia Warbler by Cephas

SoFo Field Walk

2/20/2015 · 10 am - Friday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

Winter School Recess Programs at SoFo: For All Ages

Reservations Appreciated!

Photo: Vineyard Field Walk

Lodo & Crystal's Bird Story Time

2/21/2015 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

Children ages 3 to 5 years

Crystal and her story-time puppet, Lodo the River Otter, love to feed birds in the winter and watch the fun at the feeder. Join them as they read About Birds by Cathryn Sill to learn what makes birds different from other animals. After the story, Crystal will enlist the children’s help to fill the bird-feeder stations with seeds, suet, and even insects! While we wait for the birds to come back to the feeders, each participant will decorate a set of bird wings to look like their favorite feathered friend. Materials fee $5.

Photo Credit: Northern Cardinal by Stephen Wolfe

Read and Write - Nature Poetry for Kids

2/21/2015 · 2 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 7 to 12 years

Now is the perfect time to stay inside and warm up with a book. Get cozy at SoFo as we read nature poetry from famous poets and then write our own fun poems. Tyler will help you create original poetry about nature and teach you writing techniques, such as rhyme, alliteration, and repetition. Basic writing skills are required, and participants under 7 may attend if they are comfortable with their writing.

Photo: Nature Poetry

Eastern Tiger Salamander Search: All Ages

2/21/2015 · 7:30 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton
Leader: Andy Sabin, President, SoFo Board of Directors

Herpetologist Andy Sabin will take us into the nighttime woods in search of the largest of our native salamanders, the endangered Eastern Tiger Salamander. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to see this salamander as it makes its way to the pond to mate and to lay its eggs. Please bring a flashlight and wear boots, as late winter rains will make the ground soggy. This walk will take place only if there have been heavy rains.

Photo: Eastern Tiger Salamander by Richard Lewin

Family Winter Water Birds & Beach Walk

2/28/2015 · 10 am - Saturday
Hampton Bays
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

Some people think of birding as a summer activity, but in winter the bays and ocean are inhabited by many types of ducks, loons, and other waterfowl. Many of our wintering avians are at their most colorful as they perform their winter courtship rituals. Bundle up, bring some hot cocoa, and join Crystal as she helps you use telescopes and binoculars to find, ID, and enjoy our winter water birds. We’ll also undoubtedly come across some interesting shells and, if we are lucky, see a seal or two.

Photo: Looking for Winter Water Birds

Making a Topographic Map

2/28/2015 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Nicole Cummings, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children 8+

A topographic map is a map that shows changes in elevation, whether it’s increasing for a mountain or a hill or decreasing for a valley or a pond. These maps can also include manmade structures, such as roads, buildings, and airports. We can use topographic maps when hiking to plan the most efficient route for our physical abilities. Join Nicole as we model a mountain out of clay and create our own topographic map to match. After we’ve finished, we’ll try to match everybody’s mountain to the right map. Materials fee $5.

Photo Credit: Topographic Map

Getting to Know the Spotting Scope - Winter Waterfowl Up Close

2/28/2015 · 10 am - Saturday
Southampton
Leader: Erin Gettler, look for her at: thefamiliarwilderness.com

Adults

The dead of winter is a great time for ducks and waterfowl of all varieties here on Long Island, but these shy birds don't always come close enough to shore for the best looks through binoculars. Bundle up and join us for some long-distance snooping! Bring your scope or enjoy peeks through ours, and learn the ins and outs of using a spotting scope to appreciate waterfowl. We’ll visit a freshwater pond to look for Red-head, Ringneck, and Ruddy Ducks … and more, and then head over to the bay and ocean for even more duck appreciation. This program is for adults, although children 10 and older may attend.

Photo Credit: Getting to know the spotting scope - Bette Lou Fletcher


March, 2015 top ^

The Food Chain Game

3/1/2015 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 4 to 6 years

Within an ecosystem, a community of various animals and plants are living together. Interactions between these species are important for their survival and thus for the health of the ecosystem. The food chain is a major part of the interactions between species. In this hands-on program with Lindsey, children will learn about the complexities of these animal and plant interactions and the delicate balance of the ecosystem. After learning about different communities, participants will build their own habitat with a complete food chain and other requirements needed for a functional ecosystem. Materials fee $3.

Photo: The Soil Food Chain

Full "Worm Moon" Hike at SoFo

3/5/2015 · 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Thursday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Dai Dayton, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt President

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)

The full “Worm Moon” was given its name by the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. At the time of this spring moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm castings reappear, inviting the return of robins. In some regions, this is also known as the “Sap Moon”, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins. Join us on this leisurely paced hike through open fields, and then enjoy some light refreshments and convivial conversation.

Photo Credit: Full Moon by Gregory H. Rivera

Reading the Book of Soils

3/7/2015 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Program Presenter: Tamson S. Yeh, Turf and Land Management Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County

Adults and Teens

Participants in this program will learn about soils on Long Island, how to tell one soil from another, soil textures, soil tests, predicting soil types from existing plant communities, and how to manage soil for environmental health. Participants will have hands-on experience with soils, soil texture, drainage tests, pH measurements, and will have the opportunity to learn how to use a Suffolk County soil guide.

Photo Credit: Different Soils by Eugen Lehle

The Real Reason for Seasons

3/7/2015 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 8 -11 years

Seasons change throughout the year and we may think we know the reason why. Shorter days and cooler temperatures are what we notice, but what is really happening to our Earth to cause these changes? We will make a model of the Earth and investigate the secret of the seasons. Materials fee $3.

Photo: Vineyard field in Winter vs. Summer

Blue-spotted Salamander Search

3/7/2015 · 7:30 pm - Saturday
Montauk
Leader: Andy Sabin, President, SoFo Board of Directors

All Ages

Montauk’s vernal ponds are some of the few places in the world where the Blue-spotted Salamander, in its purebred form, can be found. Join SoFo on our nighttime foray as we search for this unique native species. Please bring a flashlight and wear boots, as late winter rains will make the ground soggy. This walk will take place only if there have been heavy rains.

Photo: Blue-spotted Salamander by Richard Lewin

Birding with Frank - Pond and Bay Waterfowl

3/14/2015 · 10 am - Saturday
Southampton
Leader: Frank Quevedo, SoFo Executive Director

For Adults and Children 10+

Southampton’s Dune Road is the perfect place to see a variety of freshwater and saltwater birds that prefer the calmer waters of the South Fork ponds and bays—rather than the ocean’s fury—this time of year. Mergansers, grebes, canvasbacks, and gadwalls will be on our list to see, as well as many others. Bring binoculars and a Field Guide to Birds of the Eastern United States (if you have one). This program is for adults; however, children ages 10 and older may attend.

Photo: Redhead Duck by Kevin Bercaw

Family Forest Walk at Hither Hills State Park

3/14/2015 · 10 am - Saturday
Montauk
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

In the 1980’s there were two large forest fires in Hither Woods that destroyed much of the above-ground vegetation. Thankfully, many plants have the ability to regenerate from their root systems. Winter, with no leaves to block our view, is the best time to observe the unusual post-fire growth. Join Crystal, on part of the Ram Level Loop Trail, to see where the fire did and did not affect the forest, based on the land’s topographic level and the growth pattern of the various trees and shrubs. We’ll also keep an eye out for some wintering birds.

Photo: Pitch Pine in the Walking Dunes

Salamander Who's Who

3/14/2015 · 2 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 5 to 8 years

Salamanders! Our quiet friends in the forest, where they use both water and land, have a lot of family on Long Island. Come see real live salamanders at SoFo, and try out the special gear that we use when looking for these nocturnal neighbors on our nighttime adventures each spring. Great for children who would like to come on our spring salamander walks but have an early bedtime.

Photo: A Variety of Salamanders at the Museum

Great Backyard Bird Count

3/15/2015 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children and Adults

Many organizations are looking for citizens to help with scientific studies of animals. Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society created the Great Backyard Bird Count to encourage families to get outdoors and observe local birds. They use vital information collected during the count to create a snapshot of different areas and the abundance of different bird species. Bring the family, help contribute to this worldwide effort, and familiarize yourself with your winged winter friends.

Photo Credit: Blue Jay by Ken Thomas

The Story of Suzie Salamander

3/21/2015 · 2 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Nicole Cummings, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 3 to 5 years

In the springtime, salamanders will leave their hiding places in the forest in search of a pond to lay their eggs. Join Nicole, under the “light of the stars,” to learn the story of Suzie the salamander and her journey to the pond. Before our eyes, we will see Suzie Salamander’s eggs transform from larva into adults. Following the interactive adventure of Suzie, we’ll create and color our very own salamander life-cycle mobile. Materials fee $3.

Photo: Suzie Salamander

Spotted Salamander Search

3/21/2015 · 8 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton
Leader: Andy Sabin, President, SoFo Board of Directors

All Ages

On this walk to one of our vernal ponds we’ll be searching for the Spotted Salamander, one of our four native mole salamanders. This salamander is a beauty with its shiny black body and bright yellow spots. It, like the Eastern Tiger and the Blue-spotted Salamander, as well as the early-autumn breeding Marbled Salamander, is called a mole salamander because it spends most of its time underground. Please bring a flashlight and wear boots, as late winter rains will make the ground soggy. This walk will take place only if there have been heavy rains.

Photo: Searching for Spotteds

Estuaries - Nature's Nurseries

3/21/2015 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

Adults

An estuary is a place where river waters meet ocean waters and mix. Long Island’s bays are estuaries, with fresh water entering from land runoff and from groundwater. Rich in nutrients and bathed with sunlight, these shallow waters have high concentrations of plankton— food for young fish and shellfish. We will talk about the importance of these natural nurseries and participate in a demonstration of estuarine mixing patterns using a density tank.


Teen Scientific Survey at Crooked Pond

3/28/2015 · 10 am - Saturday
Sag Harbor
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

For Teens

In November of 2014, our scientific survey group visited a vernal (temporary) pond, an important breeding habitat for large salamanders. To perform our survey now, we will visit Crooked Pond, a highly variable but permanent pond in the Long Pond Greenbelt Preserve. We’ll conduct abiotic studies using soil test kits, refractometers, oxygen meters, and pH testers; look for biologicals with a two-person seine net, binoculars, and microscopes, and then identify the various plants around and in the pond. There will be plenty of time for everyone to record their data, personal drawings, and thoughts in their own nature journals. Limited Enrollment. Materials fee $2 per nature journal, unless you already have one.

Photo: Crooked Pond in Winter

Panthera & Wild Cats Film

3/28/2015 · 2 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Panthera

Panthera & Wild Cats

A wild cat video/film production featuring the staff and conservation work of Panthera, the world’s leading wild cat conservation organization.

Hunt for the Shadow Cat

To reveal the secrets of the most mysterious of all big cats, a crack team of conservationists hire one of the U.S.’s finest trackers, Boone Smith, to locate, capture and film wild jaguars using all means necessary. Jaguars are notoriously elusive, and consequently the least studied of all big cats. Chance sightings and occasional captures have helped explain some aspects of jaguars’ lives, but mostly they operate beyond the reach of scientists. Boone’s mission clashes his experience in the wilderness of the Rockies with the hazards of Belize’s jungles and Brazil’s swamps. He needs to learn quickly from local experts and draw deeply on his own expertise to achieve their goal: to reveal startling new insights into the hidden lives of these magnificent creatures.



Photo Credit: Jaguar by Russell Smith





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