Spring 2014

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Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

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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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Each event is led by an expert naturalist.



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Spring 2014 Calendar



March, 2014 top ^

"Backpack Adventures" for Young Naturalists: Children 5 to 7

3/29/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Sagaponack
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

America was discovered and founded by adventurers and pioneers using only what they could carry in a pack, learning about new plants and animals, new terrain, and new friends. Join Crystal in her new “Backpack Adventure” as she explores with the spirit of earlier Americans the late winter mysteries of Sagg Swamp. Each child will borrow a SoFo backpack full of tools (including but not limited to magnifiers, binoculars, a compass, sample bottles, and a sketch pad to record their findings) and to discover spots along this unique trail where they will meet some very important swamp inhabitants. Schedule plenty of time for this program, a speedy adventurer misses a lot. Limited enrollment.

Photo: Using a Compass

To make a reservation for this program, please call SoFo at 631-537-9735

Writing About Nature with Jen Senft

3/29/2014 · 1:30 to 3:30pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Jen Senft

Personal Essay Workshop for Adults: Session 3 of 3
In this final session of the workshop, you will share either a continuation of your nature writing or a revision of it based on feedback you received. You will gain further insight into the art and process of writing nature autobiography by workshopping your essay and through open, friendly dialogue. You will finish the workshop with either a completed personal essay or the tools you need to finish your nature memoir.

Photo: Writing your nature Essay

To make a reservation for this program please call SoFo at 631-537-9735.

Melanie's Marine Lab - For Children 6 to 10

3/29/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

Light under the ocean’s surface is unlike any other place on Earth. It creates a world that is visually very different from our familiar terrestrial environment. Marine animals have adapted to this world in unique ways. Sunlight acts very differently when it travels from air into water. Visible light is made up of a rainbow of different wavelengths and we see each wavelength as a different color. Seawater absorbs light much more strongly than air does, blocking red light and letting blue light penetrate the farthest into seawater (giving the ocean its distinctive color). Join Melanie in performing a lab experiment using animals from the SoFo touch tank to observe which light environment, shallow or deep, the animals move toward most often. This program is designed to supplement the New York State Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum Grades 5 - 8.

Photo: Light under the Sea

To make a reservation for this program, please call SoFo at 631-537-9735

Bluebird Talk and Walk at SoFo for Adults

3/29/2014 · 9 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton
Leader: Joe Giunta

In this program learn all about our native Eastern Bluebird from Joe, an experienced birder, engaging teacher, and birding tour leader. First, Joe will offer a short bluebird slide program, and then it’s off to see firsthand this cavity-nesting bird of open country and woodland edge. This walk is for adults, but children over the age of 12 may attend.

Photo: Bluebird

To make reservations for this program, please call SoFo at 631-537-9735


April, 2014 top ^

Early Spring Family Forest Walk at Duck Pond

4/5/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
East Hampton
Leader: Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

When the white snow melts and the dark ground absorbs heat, living things begin to stir. In a swamp, there are some unusual strategies for being the first one up. Some trees make flowers before they even have leaves, some frogs literally thaw after a winter freeze, and some plants make their own heat to melt away the cold. Join us for a walk through the Duck Pond as nature’s New Year begins and the life around us awakens.

Photo: Wood Duck

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735.

Dichotomous Keys & Binary Trees: For Adults & Children 12+

4/5/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

A dichotomous key is used to identify an organism – usually a plant or animal – in which each stage presents descriptions of two distinguishing characters, with a direction to another stage in the key, until the species is identified. This same type of organizational thinking can logically be extended to computer binary code, 1’s and 0’s. The decision-making done in computers functions the same logical way as a dichotomous key and is referred to as a binary tree. With Melanie, design and create your own dichotomous key. See how mathematics tells us how many levels of decision are needed to identify a given number of organisms and how many organisms can be described in a given number of steps. This program is for adults, however children 12 and up may attend.

Migrating Alewife Up-close: with Byron Young

4/5/2014 · 8 am - Saturday
Southampton
Leader: Walk Leader: Byron Young, retired New York Department of Environmental Conservation Marine Biologist; Alewife restoration expert working with the Peconic Estuary Program, the Long Island Sound Study, and the South Shore Estuary Reserve; and New York representative to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Citizens Advisory Committee for Shad and River Herring.

This time of year provides the best opportunity to see adult Alewife, guided by their sense of smell, migrate upstream from the ocean to rivers, streams, ponds and lakes to spawn. Byron will take you to Alewife Creek, where you’ll learn about these anadromous fish, their life history, the perils they have faced, and the important role they play in marine and freshwater ecosystems. If fish are present in sufficient numbers, Byron will try to capture some for biological data and you can assist him in this effort … a great way to learn firsthand about data collection and restoration efforts for this important species.

Photo: Alewife

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735.

How Small Is Small? The study of Microbes: For Children Ages 8-11

4/6/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator

Microbiology is the study of living things much smaller than what we can see with our naked eye. Microbes can be bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoans, or algae. We always hear about the bad microbes, however, some microbes are good, enabling us to live the way we do. Join Lindsey as she discovers a world much weirder than our imagination, and see how these microorganisms help recycle waste, create our food, and live in every part of our planet Earth.

Photo: Volvox

To make a reservation for this program please call the museum at 631-537-9735.

American Woodcock Courtship Display: For Adults & Teens

4/11/2014 · 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Friday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

Join Crystal for a night program about a special sandpiper whose courtship display can be heard and, hopefully, seen in Vineyard Field ─ the American Woodcock. The American Woodcock hunts, perfectly camouflaged, in wet thickets, moist woods, and brushy swamps for earthworms and other invertebrates but performs an amazing nocturnal courtship display in semi-open fields like the habitat behind the museum. There will be a short presentation in the museum while we wait for dark before relocating to the upper deck overlooking the field to observe and hear – hopefully – the male woodcock’s acrobatic display. Dress warmly; bring binoculars and a folding/camping chair since we will need to be comfortable and quiet. Rain Date Saturday April 12

Photo: Woodcock

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735.

Birding for Beginners with Frank: Spring Migration – Part 1 of 3

4/12/2014 · 9 am - Saturday
Greenport, Inlet Pond County Park
Leader: Frank Quevedo, SoFo Executive Director

Cosponsored by North Fork Audubon and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)

Location: North Fork Audubon, The Red House at Inlet Pond County Park, 65275 Route 48, Greenport, New York – (631) 477-6456 – Email: info@northforkaudubon.org

Spring migration is evident everywhere in the northeastern United States this time of year. Just about every natural habitat is teeming with birds, here to feed or establish territory for nesting sites. Frank’s Birding for Beginners has been developed as a way to encourage new birders to take part in this healthy, outdoor pursuit. This, the first of his three-part spring birding programs, takes place on the North Fork of Long Island and is the first program held jointly by SoFo and North Fork Audubon. The walk will focus on the field marks and behaviors of birds of the grasslands and shoreline habitats. Bring your binoculars, a scope, and a field guide to Birds of Eastern North America, if you have one. Binoculars will be provided for those who do not own them. For adults and children 12 and up. Register with SoFo.

Photo: Palm Warbler

To make a reservation for this walk, please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Open Space on Long Island & Where to Go: A Park Ranger’s View

4/12/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Program Leader: Todd Weston, Volunteer Park Ranger, Long Island National Wildlife Refuge System.

Do you enjoy hiking? Kayaking? Bird watching? Fishing? Simply enjoying the wonders of nature? If you said yes to any of these, than come hear about the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex and the work the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doing to help ensure there will always be nature to enjoy. The program covers a history of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and introduces the audience to the 10 National Wildlife Refuges on Long Island. The program also includes an introduction to the mammals of Long Island through an exploration of their pelts.

Photo: People Walking on a trail

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735.

Are You my Mother? For Children Ages 3─5

4/12/2014 · 2 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Nicole Cummings, SoFo Nature Educator

Did you know that a baby opossum is called a joey? Or that raccoon babies are called cubs? Bring your little ones to SoFo to discover some more of these unique baby-animal names. With the help of Nicole, we’ll work together to make sure every baby finds its mother.

Photo: Mother Opossum and her babies

Full “Pink” Moon Hike

4/15/2014 · 8:30 - 9:30 pm - Tuesday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Jean Dodds, Secretary, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt

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

The Pink Moon name comes from the herb Moss Pink, or Wild Ground Phlox, which is one of the earliest, widespread flowers of spring. Join us on this leisurely-paced hike through open-field trails, with convivial conversation and refreshments afterwards. FYI: If you want to catch a total eclipse of the moon, start your day, April 15, at 3:08 a.m., when the total eclipse of the moon is visible here.

Photo: Full Moon

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735.

Fill the Bill: How Do Birds Use Their Bills?

4/19/2014 · 2 pm to 4 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

This program is part of the South Fork Natural History Museum's Earth Day Celebration.

When you look at birds do you notice that their mouths, called bills, come in many different shapes and sizes? Why are they all so different? Learn about how birds use their bills by experimenting with simple human tools like tweezers, chopsticks, scissors, and pliers to “eat like a bird”.

Photo: Purple Finch Bill


Poster Presentations on Local Environmental Issues

4/19/2014 · 2 pm - 4 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Students in the Environmental Science and Society class at Pierson High School, Sag Harbor

Students will present posters they have created that highlight their concerns about local environmental issues.

Self-guided Nature Walk in Vineyard Field Using the SoFo Audio Tour

4/19/2014 · 10 am - 4 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo

Tour the field behind the museum on the “Vineyard Field Short Loop Trail” with SoFo’s self-guided Audio Tour and discover the beauty and abundance of the native animal and plant life that make this habitat so valuable.

Beach Cleanup at Long Beach

4/19/2014 · 8:30 - 9:30 am - Saturday
Long Beach, Noyac
Leader: Frank Quevedo, SoFo Executive Director

This program is part of the South Fork Natural History Museum's Earth Day Celebration

Beach debris is dangerous to birds and marine life. Join us, meet new friends, and start the day off right by doing a beach cleanup, a service to all. Meet at Long Beach in Noyac.

Photo: Beach Clean up

Pond Discoveries

4/19/2014 · 10 am - 12 noon - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

This program is part of the South Fork Natural History Museum's Earth Day Celebration

When we think of a pond, we imagine ducks, fish, frogs, and turtles living there. But why are these animals found there? Join Crystal to discover and experience up-close the tiny reasons why ducks, fish, frogs, and turtles to want to live in a pond.

Photo: Dragonfly Larvae

Nature's Scents

4/19/2014 · 10 am - 12 noon - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

This program is part of the South Fork Natural History Museum's Earth Day Celebration

Learn how plants fend off pests with some of the same scents that we consider pleasant. At this station, you can play a matching game to interact with the smells of aromatic plants used in our everyday lives. After smelling each extract, known as an essential oil, take a guess as to which plant it comes from.

Photo: Red Cedar


South Fork Natural History Museum's Earth Day Open House Celebration

4/19/2014 · 10 am to 4 pm
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: SoFo Staff

SoFo Earth Day Celebration –
Free Open House and More!
Free Admission for All to the Museum, SoFo Naturalist’s Programs, and Walks
We urge SoFo members to bring friends!

Poster Presentations on Local Environmental Issues: Students in the Environmental Science and Society class at Pierson High School, Sag Harbor
Students will present posters they have created that highlight their concerns about local environmental issues.


10 am – 4 pm
Self-guided Nature Walk in Vineyard Field Using the SoFo Audio Tour
Tour the field behind the museum on the “Vineyard Field Short Loop Trail” with SoFo’s self-guided Audio Tour and discover the beauty and abundance of the native animal and plant life that make this habitat so valuable.

How to Make a Bluebird Nest Box

4/19/2014 · 2 pm to 4 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Nicole Cummings, SoFo Nature Educator

This program is part of the South Fork Natural History Museum's Earth Day Celebration

Learn about why Eastern Bluebirds are struggling to find nest-ready cavities in which to lay their eggs – and discover what you can do to help. At this station, you can help put together a Bluebird nest box, and we’ll also give you construction plans on how to build your own.

Photo: Bluebird on a Nest Box

Early Spring Migration - in Search of Cavity Nesting Birds - For Adults

4/22/2014 · 8 am - Tuesday
Sag Harbor
Leader: 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.

Join Joe, an expert birder, international birding-tour leader, delightful teacher, and Director of SoFo’s Bluebird Nest Box Program, on this very popular walk to see cavity-nesting birds such as woodpeckers, nuthatches, titmice, chickadees, and bluebirds. This walk is for adults, however children 12 and up may attend.

Photo: Red-bellied Woodpecker

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Backpack Adventures: Life Around a Pond at Trout Pond Preserve For Children Ages 8─12 years

4/26/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Sag Harbor
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

America was discovered and founded by adventurers and pioneers using only what they could carry in a pack – learning about new plants and animals, new terrain, and new friends. Join Crystal in her “Backpack Adventure” as she explores, with the spirit of earlier Americans, the life of early spring plants, invertebrates, and amphibians along the Trout Pond Nature trail. Each child will borrow a SoFo backpack full of tools (including but not limited to magnifiers, binoculars, a compass, sample bottles, and sketch pad to record their findings). Schedule plenty of time for this program; a speedy adventurer misses a lot.

Photo: Lewis and Clark

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735.

Water Charades: For Children Ages 3-5

4/26/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

Three quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. That’s a lot of water! Some is salty and some is not. What does the Earth need all this water for? Find out with Melanie. Think of all the ways you use water at home. Animals and plants need water too. Let’s take turns and act out how people, animals, and plants use water. After that, we’ll go outside to find natural objects and predict if they will float or sink. We’ll test our ideas in a bucket of water.

Photo: Importance of Water

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735.

Star Trail Photography for Adults

4/26/2014 · 8 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Robert Wood, Photographer; Assistant, Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

Star-trail photography is a surprisingly simple way to make impressive images of the night sky without even touching a computer. Local photographer Robert Wood will be your guide as you explore time-lapse techniques, view some of his work in this unique field, and learn about the motion of the universe. All levels welcome; bring your camera (preferably digital SLR or 35mm with cable release) with tripod (required if bringing camera) or just watch and learn.

Photo: Star Trail Photography

To make a reservation for this program please call the museum at 631-537-9735.


May, 2014 top ^

Fifth Annual Peconic Family Fun Day: Free Children’s Environmental Carnival

5/3/2014 · 10 am - 12 noon - Saturday
CMEE Children

This family fun day presents exhibits, programs, and hands-on activities sponsored by CMEE (Children’s Museum of the East End), Cornell Cooperative Extension, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, EECO Farm, Group for the East End, Peconic Estuary Program, Peconic Land Trust, Ross School, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo), and other environmental organizations.
In addition to all the activities at CMEE, SoFo will host two easy-paced nature walks at the South Fork Natural History Museum to see the blossoms, birds, butterflies, turtles, frogs, and myriad plant and animal life that call the field behind the museum home:
10:30 am: Nature Walk Leader: Frank Quevedo, SoFo Executive Director
11:15 am: Nature Walk Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

Photo: Field walk behind the museum

Visit to the East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery

5/3/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Montauk
Leader: John “Barley” Dunne, Hatchery Director, Kate Rossi-Snook and Peter Topping, Bay Management Specialists.

This tour is being coupled with Concerned Citizens of Montauk’s Earth Day Celebration at the Shellfish Hatchery. Join Barley and the crew to see how the Town raises millions of seed shellfish annually - hard clams, oysters, and bay scallops - for the purpose of restocking public shellfish beds in the Town. They will be conducting an actual spawn of clams and oysters. You’ll also have an opportunity to understand shellfish biology, see larval and early juvenile rearing stages of millions of these animals, as well as seeing the food production system needed for culturing them. For adults and children 10 and up. There is no charge for this program for non-members.

Photo: Taking the Tour of the Hatchery

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Backyard Bird Count for Children ages 8 to 11

5/4/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator

Gathering data about bird populations over long periods of time give us insight into changes that we wouldn’t notice otherwise. Every year birders head out to identify and count birds, log their findings, and report their observations. The month of May is a great time to observe resident birds as well as migrating birds just passing through. Join Lindsey to participate in a backyard bird count. We’ll identify birds and record our findings to report this crucial data, just as many birders do all over the world.

Photo:

To make a reservation for this program please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Spring Migration in New York City: SoFo Goes Birding in Central Park

5/10/2014 · 9 am - Saturday
New York City - Central Park
Leader: Frank Quevedo, SoFo Executive Director; Molly Adams, SoFo Nature Educator.

From the beginning to the middle of May, many migratory birds stop off in New York City before heading east to the South Fork of Long Island. During this time, City birders can make the first spring sightings of American Redstarts, Scarlet Tanagers, Common Yellowthroats, and many varieties of warblers. Join Molly and Frank on SoFo’s first field trip to bird in Central Park! We will be meeting in front of the American Museum of Natural History on Central Park West and, if we have enough birders signed up, a reduced Hampton Jitney price may be available.

Photo: American Redstart

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Bird Migratory Mapping and The Great Migration Challenge: For Children Ages 10─14

5/10/2014 · 2 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

Birds migrate for many reasons: to find food, to find nesting habitat, and to avoid predators. Migrating long distances means that birds must face many dangers: predators, lack of food during migration, bad weather and storms, and human interactions like tall buildings, high wires, roads, vehicles, agricultural fields, and poisons in pesticides. Join Melanie and map the migration route and seasonal ranges of one of our local birds using reports of banded-bird sightings. Make the trip yourself as your favorite migrating bird by following the signs and instructions outside the museum, and see if you can survive The Great Migration Challenge! There will be a $3 materials fee for this program.

Photo: Migration Map

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Marine Meadows Workshop: Eelgrass Restoration Project

5/10/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Kimberly Barbour, Habitat Restoration Outreach Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Marine Program.

Eelgrass (Zostera marina L.), a submerged aquatic vegetation species, serves as important marine habitat for many species of finfish and shellfish and helps to enhance the health and productivity of our local bays. In recent decades, local populations of this species have declined considerably. The Cornell Cooperative Extension is one of the prime movers in the effort to restore eelgrass beds through their Marine Meadows Project. In this workshop, they’ll teach you about eelgrass and then give you the unique opportunity to assist in land-based efforts to restore our local eelgrass populations. You’ll weave eelgrass shoots (harvested from healthy donor meadows in our local waters) into burlap planting discs that, once assembled, will be planted by trained SCUBA-certified CCE Marine Program staff in carefully selected restoration sites in our local estuaries. This workshop is offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension, thanks to the support of the Robins Island Foundation, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Whitmores Inc., and First Coastal.

Photo: Putting together planting discs

To make a reservation for this program please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Family Nature Walk at Munn’s Pond and Visit to the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons

5/10/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Hampton Bays
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

Get outdoors and join Crystal for an easy-paced nature walk near the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons. We’ll walk by a vernal pond, through a swamp forest and pitch pine forest, looking for signs of animals and what they might be dining on. We’ll see local songbirds and, with luck, maybe some wild turtles. SoFo will provide clipboards and paper and crayons to make leaf rubbings along the trail, a great way to start your own nature journal. At the end of the walk we’ll wind up at the Rescue Center for a brief tour. Pack a light lunch to enjoy at the Center. Fee for this program is a $5 donation, per family, for the Rescue Center visit.

Photo: Basking Painted Turtles

To make a reservation for this program please call the museum at 631-537-9735.

Full "Flower" Moon Hike

5/14/2014 · 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Dai Dayton, President, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt.

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

In most areas, flowers are abundant this time of year, thus the name of the full May moon. Other names include the Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon. Join us on this leisurely-paced hike through open-field trails, with convivial conversation and refreshments afterwards.

Photo: Full Moon

To make a reservation for this program please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Turtle Time with Tyler: For Children Ages 3─5

5/17/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

There are many kinds of turtles who live in very different places, but they all wake up in the spring to get some sun. We will meet some turtles of the South Fork, learn where they live, and play a turtle game to learn how they stay safe. We may even get to see native Painted Turtles sitting on the pond edge as they warm up in the sunlight.

Photo: Baby Snapping Turtle

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Pollution Solution in Melanie’s Marine Science Lab: For Children 12+

5/17/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

This week, in Melanie’s Marine Sciences Lab, role play to find solutions to a marine habitat oil spill problem. Using the materials provided, we’ll divide into teams and brainstorm how to carry out a clean-up operation. Role-play government agency personnel and scientist roles and analyze costs and budgets. Evaluate your methods and brainstorm future technology that would help prevent and clean up such spills. There will be a $4 materials fee for this workshop.

Photo: Oil Spill

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735.


Beachcombing and Sandcasting for Children ages 5+

5/18/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
East Hampton
Leader: Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator

Beachcombing is always a favorite family activity. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to identify the shells, feathers, seaweed, and other natural treasures you come upon, collect them, and then cast them in plaster of paris to make your own seaside work of art to take home. There is a $3 materials fee for this workshop.

Photo: Sandcast

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735.

Lodo’s Insect Story and Nature Walk: For Children Ages 3─5

5/24/2014 · 2 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

What is an insect? How many legs does one have? What does a baby insect look like? Join Crystal and her story-time puppet, Lodo the River Otter, as they read About Insects by Cathryn Sill to learn cool facts about our tiny neighbors. After the story, we’ll search for some insects and other creepy crawlies in the field and pond behind the museum, using various magnifiers to get a really close-up view.

Photo: Monarch Butterfly

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Salamander Seining … and Some Frogs Too!

5/24/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Andy Sabin, President South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Board of Directors

Many salamanders breed in water, and here’s your chance to see the larval aquatic stage of the endangered Eastern Tiger Salamander before it comes on land to live. You’ll also see some of our local frog tadpoles, as Andy Sabin, “Mr. Salamander,” wades into a freshwater pond and, using a seining net (a large two-person fishing net with weights at the lower edge and floats at the top), brings to the surface the pond-stages of these young animals, members of the class Amphibia.

Photo: Searching for Salamanders

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Birding for Beginners with Frank: Shorebirds - Part 2 of 3

5/25/2014 · 11 am - Sunday
Hampton Bays
Leader: Frank Quevedo, SoFo Executive Director

Join Frank on this shorebird migration walk at Shinnecock. These beaches, tidal flats, and wetlands are excellent staging areas for migrating birds. They provide abundant food sources for the birds’ nourishment and thus ensure the energy reserves they need to continue and sustain their long-distance flights. In addition to seeing migrating shorebirds, you’ll also be on the lookout for sparrows, rails, grackles, and other specialties of the area. You can also check out the ocean for pelagic birds, which occasionally come in close at this time of year. Bring your binoculars, a scope, and a field guide to Birds of Eastern North America, if you have one. For adults and children ages 12 and up.

Photo: Dunlin

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735.

Are You My Cousin? For Children Ages 7─10

5/25/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

Animals have relatives just like you and me, but some are much further than a brother or sister. Some animals that seem similar are barely related, like a worm and a snake, and some that look very different might be close cousins! Lobsters and ladybugs are more related than dolphins and sharks. Come learn how you are related to all animals… and even to bacteria and mushrooms!

Photo: Dolphin/Shark

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735.

Who's On My Screen Door? Nocturnal Insects

5/31/2014 · 8 pm -9 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

The easiest types of wildlife to see are the ones that come right to your house. Bird feeders are a good way to bring nature closer to you, but your porch light can bring in some other amazing flying wildlife … insects. Many insects are nocturnal, such as moths and beetles. They fly and feed at night to hide from the keen eyes of day-time birds, and they are irresistibly drawn to artificial lights. Join Crystal to learn what groups of beetles and moths you might expect to find, and discover fun ways to attract others.

Photo: Long Horned Beetle

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735.


June, 2014 top ^

Birding for Beginners with Frank: Woodland Species – Part 3 of 3

6/1/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Sag Harbor
Leader: Frank Quevedo, SoFo Executive Director

In June, our woodlands are home to dozens of birds that only flourish in heavily treed areas. These birds include the American Redstart, Black-and-white Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, and Ovenbird. Searching for these birds, or any others, in the dense, deciduous forest can be a challenge, but if you are familiar with their songs and calls, identification will be much easier. Join Frank on this walk to learn how bird sound can be your biggest ally and which tools you can acquire to help you enhance your birding skills. Bring your binoculars, a scope, and a field guide to Birds of Eastern North America, if you have one. For adults and children ages 12 and up.

Photo: Ovenbird

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Lodo’s Salamander Story & Craft: For Children Ages 3 – 5

6/7/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

What is life like as a salamander? What do they eat? Where do they live? Join Crystal and her story-time puppet, Lodo the River Otter, as they read A Salamander’s Life by John Himmelman. After the story you will get to meet the museum’s resident salamanders, who spend most of their time hiding in the dirt, then make a salamander craft to take home.

Photo: Spotted Salamander

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Birds of the Meadow and Woods: For Adults

6/8/2014 · 8 am - Sunday (RESCHEDULED)
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Eric Salzman, SoFo Board of Directors

Co-sponsored: Eastern Long Island Audubon Society (ELIAS) and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)

On this joint walk with the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society, expert birder, composer, and author, Eric Salzman will explore the avian life of the meadow behind the SoFo Museum and the adjacent Greenbelt woodlands and wetlands. This walk will provide an opportunity to see and hear some of our locally breeding birds. The two-hour walk will be followed by a short introduction to the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society. Light refreshments will be served.

Photo: Black-throated Green Warbler

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Monitoring Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebird Gathering

6/11/2014 · 7:45 pm - Wednesday
Pikes Beach, Westhampton Dunes
Leader: Gina Mulhearn and Mark Cappiello, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Suffolk County, Horseshoe Crab Research Project assisted by Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator.

At Pikes Beach in past years, from about mid-May to the first week of June, thousands of Horseshoe Crabs, as well as a variety of migrating birds (including Red Knots) gather at this beach. It’s an incredible sight to see – all the more so in the beautiful light of the setting sun. The horseshoe crabs are there to spawn, the birds to feed on their eggs and fuel themselves for their long migration journeys. But, due to human intervention, something is happening to this age-old process. Data needs to be collected to document and assess the status of horseshoe crabs in our waters. You can help. Join SoFo and Cornell to assist in collecting information for this study, while you witness one of nature’s most amazing wildlife events.

Photo: Mating Horseshoecrabs

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Breeding Warblers

6/12/2014 · 8 am - Thursday
Montaul
Leader: 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.

Thirteen species of warblers have been recorded as breeders on Long Island; nine are confirmed breeders in one area in Montauk. Joe, an experienced birder and delightful teacher, will lead you on a search to find these active small songbirds and, with luck, you will hear them singing and possibly see them carrying food to their nests. This walk is for adults, however children over the age of 12 may attend.

Photo: Blue-winged Warbler

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Full "Strawberry" Moon Hike

6/13/2014 · 9 pm - 10 pm - Friday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Jean Dodds, Secretary, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt

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

The name for this full moon was universal to every Algonquin tribe. It was christened for the strawberry because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June. Join us on this leisurely-paced hike through open-field trails, with convivial conversation and refreshments afterwards.

Photo: Full Moon

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Shark Anatomy/Dissection: For Children Ages 8 +

6/14/2014 · 10:30 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Frank Quevedo, SoFo Executive Director

Back by popular demand. If you love sharks, this workshop with Frank is for you! You’ll dissect a small shark, known as a Spiny Dogfish, and learn to identify its anatomical parts to better understand how it swims, eats, and respires. Frank will focus on the internal aspects but will discuss the external as well. Dissecting tools, gloves, and eye-protection will be supplied. There is a $20 materials fee for this workshop.

Photo: Shark Anatomy

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735

How Do You Smell? For Children Ages 5─8

6/14/2014 · 2 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

For many animals, smell is one of their most important senses. Humans sometimes forget how much we use it; without smell we couldn’t tell if food was good or bad … or even enjoy it … and we would overlook many dangers that smell can warn us about. Come play games to test your sense of smell and learn just how this mysterious sense really works. There is a $4 materials fee for this program.

Photo: Smelling a flower

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Marine Biology Boat Trip: Go Hands-On Trawling with the Experts

6/21/2014 · 10 am - 1 pm - Saturday
Southampton
Leader: Trawling Leaders: Marine Biologists, Southampton Campus, Stony Brook University.

Marine life viewed from the shore is very different from that seen in the deep waters of Shinnecock Bay. On this adventure, you’ll participate in the variety of activities performed by marine biologists as you trawl the waters of the bay to learn about its biology and ecology. You’ll help bring in, then study, fin fish, invertebrates, and plankton. You’ll do benthic grabs to examine the sandy or muddy bay bottom, then do a zooplankton tow and examine these tiny animals under a dissecting microscope … all this, and much more, aboard Stony Brook University’s 45-ft. research vessel, Peconic. Children under 12 must have their own life jackets. The charge for this program is $25 for SoFo members, $35 for non-members.

Photo: Observing the fish caught in the trawl

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735.

Backpack Adventures: Life of a Dying Tree at the Nature Conservancy’s Marguerite Crabbe Greeff Preserve: For Children Ages 5─7 years

6/21/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Southampton
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

America was discovered and founded by adventurers and pioneers using only what they could carry in a pack – learning about new plants and animals, new terrain, and new friends. Join Crystal in her “Backpack Adventure” as she explores, with the spirit of earlier Americans, the life of dying trees along this beautiful trail. Each child will borrow a SoFo backpack full of tools (including but not limited to magnifiers, binoculars, a compass, sample bottles, and sketch pad to record their findings). If you liked looking for the slugs, grubs, and ants in the museum’s Dying Tree Exhibit, then you’ll have a great time looking at the real thing! Schedule plenty of time for this program; a speedy adventurer misses a lot.

Photo: Lewis and Clark

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Lord of the Ants: A Documentary on the Life and Work of Naturalist E. O. Wilson, A Special Showing!

6/21/2014 · 7 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo

“David Dugan’s Lord of the Ants, a NOVA production for PBS, offers a compelling portrait of entomologist, Sociobiology founder, and biodiversity advocate E.O. Wilson. The documentary provides a chronological sweep of Wilson’s life and work, from his early childhood fascination with nature to the controversies surrounding his 1975 publication of Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, and his more recent work with biodiversity .… Lord of the Ants also provides stunning close-ups of the insect world, as well as footage of Wilson working in the field and laboratory.” Lawrence Mastroni

Photo: "Lord of the Ants"

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Nature’s Colors and Shapes: For Children Ages 3-5

6/22/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator

Nature has combined colors and shapes to create the beautiful world outdoors. Come explore the field in back of the museum with Lindsey as she works with children to help them “read the landscape” by unraveling nature’s complex mixtures of color and shape. Children will learn about nature’s shapes by creating some of their own, and about color by mixing colors and making their own simple color wheel.

Photo: Stork's Bill

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Molly’s Moon Snail Walk at Cupsogue Beach County Park

6/28/2014 · 1:30 pm - Saturday
Westhampton Beach
Leader: Molly Adams, SoFo Nature Educator

Keep your eyes to the ground on this walk at the beach! A great way to hone your observation skills is to focus on the nearly invisible. Moon snails prefer to keep their soft, slimy bodies hidden underneath the sand to avoid predators, leaving just their hard, round shells exposed. Join Molly at an extremely low tide around the time of a new moon, to see if you can find these mysterious creatures in the shallows. Be sure to wear things that can get wet!

Photo: Northern Moon Snail

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Scientific Survey For Teens at Indian Wells Beach

6/28/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Amagansett
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

The South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) needs your help! We are missing important data about our basic habitats … how they change through the year and over the years. Join Crystal at Indian Wells Beach to collect information on the abiotic factors of soil, water quality, salinity, and elevation, and learn how all these measurable aspects of the environment affect the organisms living there. We will be using (but not limited to) soil test kits, refractometers, pH test kits, magnifiers, and microscopes, and will test for oxygen concentration, wind speed, and wind chill. We will also do population surveys. There will be time, as well, for you to record your notes, thoughts, and ideas in your own journal. Bring one if you have one; if not, we will provide you with a simple one.

Photo: Using a refractometer

To make a reservation for this program, please call the museum at 631-537-9735

Melanie’s Environmental Science Lab – Make a Water Filter: For Children Ages 6─10

6/29/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

This week in Melanie’s Environmental Science Lab the problem to solve is: Can you make dirty water clean? We will design a filter of natural materials that will clean rainwater the way the Earth does, by filtering it through the plant and soil layers. First, we will make some dirty water, then we will go outside and collect natural materials to use to make a water filter. A 1-liter plastic bottle with the bottom cut off will hold the layers of filter materials. Can you think of a way to treat the water even more to make sure it would be safe to drink?

Photo: Soil Layers

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