Fall 2014

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Vineyard Field (October 2006)

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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out-of-doors nature walks and indoor workshops and programs.
Each event is led by an expert naturalist.



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Fall 2014 Calendar



September, 2014 top ^

Patterns in Nature

9/27/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: David Gasner, assisted by Melanie Meade, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature Educator

For Adults and Children 10 +

In this program full of surprises, we’ll explore the museum grounds and exhibits to look for naturally occurring examples of order, patterns, and symmetry. After inspection and observation, we’ll discuss some simple examples of the mathematical processes behind these patterns and the benefits and limitations of these forms. We’ll use diagrams and graphs for all of our analyses. No specific prior math knowledge is required, just an inquiring mind.

Photo: Sunflower

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

Mysterious Mushrooms

9/28/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 8 to 12 years

What IS a mushroom? A plant? An animal? Fungi are in their own kingdom of life, a group as broad and diverse as Animals or Plants and just as important for people. Come learn which living things, besides mushrooms, are in the kingdom Fungi, how we use them in our lives, and the amazing techniques they use to grow and reproduce. We will take a short walk to see what kinds of Fungus are among us.

Photo: Amanita mushroom

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


October, 2014 top ^

Create Your Own Beach Memory Jar

10/4/2014 · 10 am & 2 pm - Saturday
East Hampton
Leader: Nicole Cummings, SoFo Nature Educator

10 am - Children ages 3-5
2 pm - Children ages 6-8

Back by popular demand, this program is a unique way to remember your trip to the beach. Join Nicole on this walk to see what treasures the fall winds have brought to shore. We can collect shells, sand, and even driftwood to add to our memory jar. As we collect, we will learn what animals make and live inside the shells we find and how the sand we are using is created. When the program is over, you can continue the memory jar tradition at all of the new places you visit! There is a $4 materials fee for this program.

Photo: Beach Memory Jar

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

Nocturnal Insects: Who's On My Screen Door in the Fall?

10/4/2014 · 7 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

The easiest 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 a greater variety. Many insects are nocturnal and are irresistibly drawn to artificial lights, such as moths and beetles that hide from the keen eyes of daytime, insect-eating birds. Join Crystal to learn what groups of beetles and moths you might expect to see at night and the great ways to attract others. Oh, and the moths you attract will never be the ones that eat your sweaters. This program is for adults and children 6 and older.

Photo: Polyphemus Moth

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

Do Plants Think? Exploring Plant Intelligence for Teens

10/5/2014 · 11 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

Do plants think? Do they make choices? Do they feel and react to what they are feeling? Are plants intelligent? For decades, scientists have designed unique experiments to help answer these questions and, still, no one can agree. We have learned that plants communicate, plants can sense the world around them and they react to what they experience. But how do they do all of this without a brain? Come experiment with plant intelligence and answer these questions for yourself. There is no scientific consensus on this, so it’s up to you to decide…. Do plants think?

Photo: Venus Fly Trap

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

Full "Hunter's" Moon Hike in Vineyard Field

10/8/2014 · 7 pm - Wednesday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Jean Dodds, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt Secretary

Co-sponsored by SoFo and Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt.

Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. Leaves are falling from trees, deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. Join us for this leisurely paced one-hour hike in Vineyard Field, the field behind the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) and, afterward, for some convivial conversation and refreshments in the moonlight.

Photo: Full Moon

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

16th Annual Celebration of the Long Pond Greenbelt

10/11/2014 · 10 am - 1 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, South Fork Natural History Museum and Peconic Land Trust

Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) and the Peconic Land Trust invite the whole family to enjoy and celebrate the beautiful fall colors of the Greenbelt. Come join us for games, crafts, hikes, and information about the Greenbelt. Take a migratory bird walk with naturalist, birder, and published author John Turner; a reptile hike with “Snake-Man” Chris Chapin; meet live animals from the Quogue Wildlife Refuge; enjoy ice cream from Joe & Liza’s Ice Cream Truck (from 11a.m. until it’s gone) … and much, much more!
A light lunch will be served at 12:15 pm.
This is a free event for all, so bring your friends.


Photo: Crooked Pond, Long Pond Greenbelt

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

Salamander Log Rolling

10/11/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Montauk
Leader: Andy Sabin, President, SoFo Board of Directors

On this walk with Andy, aka “Mr. Salamander,” you’ll discover some unusual creatures that live in the leaf litter under the rotting logs of the forest floor. In particular, he’ll introduce you to two of our unusual native salamanders: the Blue-spotted, which can be found in its purebred form on Long Island, only in Montauk; and the other, the Four-toed, whose tail drops off when it is grasped at the tail by a predator. This walk is particularly popular with children.

Photo: Blue-spotted Salamander

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

Hiding in Plain Sight - Nature's Camouflage

10/12/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 3 to 6

Wild animals must find food and avoid being eaten to survive. Body shapes, patterns, and colors are natural camouflage adaptations they use to help them blend into their surroundings in nature. In this program with Melanie, children will use their eyes and ears to find animals hiding in plain sight by playing an outdoor game of hide and seek, while pretending to be a wild animal either hunting or hiding. Afterward, we’ll all come indoors to make a camouflage collage.

Photo: Eastern Cottontail

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

Fall Migration - Birding with Frank - Passerines

10/18/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Montauk
Leader: Frank Quevedo, SoFo Executive Director

On this walk, Frank will focus on perching birds, known as passerines. These birds are mostly small and live near the ground, with feet having four toes arranged to allow for gripping the perch (tree branch, fence, or telephone wire). Most are songbirds such as sparrows, flycatchers, thrushes, and warblers. Chances are we’ll see a few birds of prey as well. This program is for adults and children 10 and older; participants should bring binoculars.

Photo: Golden-crowned Kinglet

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

Town of East Hampton's Shellfish Enhancement Program - Boat Trip

10/18/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Napeague
Leader: John "Barley" Dunne, Hatchery Director

Due to a declining population of clams, scallops, and oysters, the Town raises some of these bivalves to the age of one year and then seeds them in harbors and bays. This is a unique opportunity to see this program in action as you board a flat-bottom boat and ride out into Napeague Harbor to see the field grow-out site where the shellfish are raised. Limited enrollment. This program is free for all who attend.

Photo: Bay Scallops to be seeded in the bays

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

What do Birds do for the Winter?

10/19/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Noyac
Leader: Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 3 to 5 years.

It’s cold outside in the winter. Birds have special preparations in the fall, to make sure they can survive the cold weather. They need warmth, food, and shelter. How do birds stay warm? Where do birds keep their food so they can find it all winter long? Join Lindsey, at the Morton Wildlife Refuge, to visit some special feathered friends and learn how they are preparing for the cold weather ahead.

Photo: Black-capped Chickadee

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

The Night Sky - Celestial Viewing

10/24/2014 · 7 pm - Friday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Astronomy Outreach Team of the Custer Institute.

For Adults and Children ages 8 and older

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


The astronomy outreach team from the Custer Institute and Observatory, Long Island’s oldest public observatory—founded in 1928—is making another visit to SoFo. The event will start with a brief presentation on topics of astronomy, telescopes, and the celestial objects that can be seen this evening. Afterward, telescopes will be available for viewing the heavens. This program is weather-dependent.

Photo: Viewing the Heavens

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

Smartphone Nature Photography

10/25/2014 · 3 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Erin Gettler, look for her at: thefamiliarwilderness.com

For Adults and Teens

They say the best camera is the one you have with you, which is usually a smartphone these days. In this two-hour workshop, learn how to use photographer’s techniques and a naturalist’s eye to take better pictures with your smartphone and what you can do with your pictures when you’re finished—from social media to citizen science. Nature photographer Erin Gettler will lead this program, starting with a brief presentation, then heading out to Vineyard Field for practice and feedback.

Photo: Smartphone Photography

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

Backpack Adventures - Exploring Vineyard Field

10/25/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 8 to 12 years

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 Vineyard Field in the fall, when blooming goldenrods attract many insects and migrating birds. 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. Limited enrollment.

Photo: Goldenrod in Vineyard Field

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

Cranberry Bog Walk at Sweezy Pond

10/26/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Riverhead
Leader: Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

For Adults and Children 10 +

A species of cranberry plant, the Large Cranberry, grows naturally on Long Island and remnants of a once-vibrant commercial cranberry industry can still be seen at this preserve in Riverhead. The plant’s small white flowers bloom in early summer and are pollinated by bees. Hard, green berries grow into mature fruits in the fall, when both berries and leaves turn a deep red. Hear more about the natural history of this harbinger of fall when you join Melanie for a walk around Sweezy Pond, the site of a former cranberry- growing operation.

Photo: Sweezy Pond Bog

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

Balancing Screen Time with Green Time - Special Program for Parents and Educators

10/29/2014 · 7 pm - Wednesday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Barbara Blaisdell, SoFo Board of Directors, Treasurer

Barbara Blaisdell, retired educator with over thirty-four years’ experience in the public school system and Executive Board Member of SoFo, will address two very timely and important issues parents and educators face today:
• What are the consequences of our children disconnecting with the natural world?
• In light of the overwhelming attraction to technology, how can adults guide children to make good decisions about their use of technology?
Barbara will also share her thoughts on how to foster a child’s instinctive sense of wonder and how nature exploration—living in nature, not just with nature—promotes a child’s desire for self-directed learning opportunities. Recommended reading: The Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, both by Richard Louv.


Photo: Child focused on Technology

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


November, 2014 top ^

Beginning Birding by Bicycle

11/1/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Hampton Bays
Leader: Nicole Cummings, SoFo Nature Educator

For Adults and Children 10 +

Surely you’ve heard of birding by foot and maybe even heard of birding by car, but birding by bike? Come check out SoFo’s newest addition to the birding series as you join Nicole on a beginner birding bike tour. We will learn how to identify a variety of birds by their field marks and flight patterns, all the while exploring a saltmarsh habitat and the ocean/dune swale. So grab your helmet, binoculars, and some friends, and let’s hit the road for a birding adventure you won’t forget! Limited enrollment.

Photo: Birding by Bicycle

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

Marine Meadows Workshop -- Eelgrass Restoration Project

11/1/2014 · 2 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Kimberly Barbour, Habitat Restoration Outreach Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension

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. 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 which, once assembled, will be planted by trained SCUBA certified CCE Marine Program staff at one of their restoration sites in the Peconic Estuary.
This program may qualify students for Community Service Credit.
Contact Kimberly Barbour, Habitat Restoration Outreach Specialist,
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Marine Program, at 631-852-
8660 or kp237@cornell.edu for more information.


Photo: Threading burlap disks with eelgrass to be planted later in the bays

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

Scientific Survey for Teens at Whiskey Hill Trail

11/2/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Southampton
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 and how they change through the year and over the years. Join Crystal at Whisky Hill Nature Trail to collect information on the abiotic factors of soil, water quality, salinity, elevation, and how all these measurable aspects of the environment affect the organisms living in a nearby vernal pool as well as those living at the top of a lookout hill. We will be using (but not limited to) soil test kits, refractometers, pH test kits, magnifiers, and microscopes, and we will test for oxygen concentration, wind speed, and wind chill. We’ll also do population surveys. There will be plenty of time for you to record your own notes, thoughts, and ideas in your journal. Bring one if you have one; if not, we’ll provide you with a simple one. Limited enrollment.

Photo: Vernal Pond

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

Late Fall Bird Migration at Highter Hills

11/2/2014 · 8 am - Sunday
Montauk
Leader: Joe Giunta

For Adults

Joe Giunta, expert birder and delightful walk leader, will take you on this excursion to Hither Hills State Park, the perfect location to observe our songbirds during their late fall migration. The combination of ocean beach and field edges increases your opportunity to see late migrating warblers—especially fall sparrows as they journey south. On previous walks at Hither Hills, eight species of sparrows have been seen as well as a Dickcissel and Snow Bunting. The location also provides an opportunity to see gannets and ocean ducks. Limited enrollment.

Photo: Snow Bunting

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

Full "Frost" Moon Hike

11/6/2014 · 6 pm - Thursday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Dai Dayton, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt President

Cosponsored by SoFo and Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt.

The “Frost” Moon is also known as the Full Beaver Moon. For Native Americans, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Join us for this leisurely
paced one-hour hike in Vineyard Field, the field behind the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) and, afterward, for some convivial conversation and refreshments in the moonlight.

Photo: Full Moon

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

Nature & Bird Watching Cruise: Birding with Frank

11/8/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Southampton
Leader: Frank Quevedo, SoFo Executive Director

Let’s venture by boat into the remote areas of Shinnecock Bay on board Stony Brook University/Southampton’s 45-ft. research vessel, Peconic, and marvel at the wealth of the migratory birds, waterfowl, and seals that inhabit the region this time of year. We’ll cruise along areas of the saltmarsh and sand flats not visible by land and hopefully witness the activities of a variety of wildlife. Bring binoculars, spotting scope, and a light snack. There is a fee of $25 for members and $35 for non-members for this program. The program is for adults, but children age 10 and older may attend. Advance reservations necessary.

Photo: Surf Scoter

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

Why a Changing Climate is Not Just Another Weather Event: A SoFo Forum

11/8/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Linda B. James, MPH, Garden Club of America Conservation Vice Chair (portfolio: Climate Change), and East Hampton resident.

“The National Climate Assessment” published by the Federal Government in 2014 concludes climate change is already affecting the American people. Certain types of weather events have become more frequent and intense. Sea level is rising, oceans are warming, glaciers and arctic sea ice melting. After super storm “Sandy”, there is no mystery to the impacts of climate change for residents of a coastal community. It is necessary for the science to become more accessible. This program will address what it means when 98% of the international science community concludes, “our earth is heating up.”
*A place where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged.

Photo: Effects of Weather on the shoreline - Credit: Barry Pendergrass, NY Department of State

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

Save our Seagrass Celebration and Fundraiser

11/8/2014 · 5 pm - 8 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Cosponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Suffolk County and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo).

Seagrass, which provides a nursery and habitat for numerous marine animals, has declined drastically in recent years, reducing the amount of fish and shellfish in our waters. Fortunately, work is being done to address this loss, and you can help. Join us for this Seagrass Celebration, which will raise funds to enable SoFo to hold more restoration workshops (similar to that listed for November 1) through CCE’s Marine Meadows Program, an innovative, hands-on program that helps to restore seagrass beds.

Our celebration will feature: Raw bar of locally harvested shellfish, freshly prepared Peconic Bay scallops, local beer, wine, and live music.
Individual tickets are available at $75 per person.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Kim Barbour of Cornell Cooperative Extension at: kp237@cornell.edu or 631-921-0302.


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Animals of the Underwater Forest

11/8/2014 · 1 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 8 to 12 years

Forest habitats provide beauty, shelter, and food for animals like deer, birds, and people. Right here on Long Island, we also have underwater forests. Beds of tall eelgrass grow from the bay’s sandy bottom, alive with seahorses, scallops, and blue crabs; providing people with beauty, shelter, oxygen, and food just like land forests… as long as we help protect them. Learn about these locally important habitats, how you can help them, and meet some of the beautiful animals who live in the underwater forests of Long Island.

Photo: Lined Seahorse

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

Magically Magnetic

11/9/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 3 to 5 years

To most youngsters, magnets are magical stones. By performing simple experiments, children will learn the scientific properties of magnets while “magically” making objects float or move on their own. We’ll also make our own magic trick, using household objects, to amaze all our friends. There is a $3 materials fee for this workshop.

Photo: Magnetic Field around a Magnet

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

Let

11/15/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Shaibel Mitra, Assistant Professor of Biology at the College of Staten Island

For Adults and children 10 years and older

In this hands-on program, we’ll be identifying some of our local rocks, sands, and clays…with a little bit of history about how the South Fork of Long Island was formed. Join geologist Dr. Bennington for an investigation into what’s under our feet on the East End of Long Island and how it got here. In particular, we’ll look at the nature of the rocks in our backyards and on our bay and ocean beaches (what kinds of rocks they are, their makeup, and their origins), the sands on our beaches, and the clay deposits found here. Bring one or two local rocks that interest you that we can “crack open” to see their unweathered surfaces.

Photo: Finding Natural Clays

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

This is a FREE program.

Using Local East End Clays, Sands, and Rocks in Pottery

11/15/2014 · 2 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Nancy Robbins, a working studio potter and teacher, owner of Round Pond Pottery, and one of the founders of the Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons. Nancy has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and studied ceramic engineering at Alfred University.

There is a long tradition in many parts of the world of using local clays, sands, and rocks in pottery. Nancy has been investigating the idea of using East End materials in her pottery during the past year, with very interesting results. Join her for a discussion (using the pieces of pottery she has made) of what materials she has found the most interesting to use, what the results are, what methods of firing she has employed, and what discoveries have been made. We would be delighted if you, too, have used local East End clays, sands, and rocks in your work, and if you have, please bring examples with you.

Photo: Making a pot out of clay

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

This is a FREE Program.

Magically Magnetic

11/16/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 6 to 9 years

To most children, magnets are magical stones that are not completely understood. By performing simple experiments, kids will learn the scientific properties of magnets while “magically” making objects float or move on their own. We’ll dive into the idea of a magnetic field and how this magnetic field influences life on earth. We’ll also make our own magic trick, using household objects, to amaze all our friends. There is a $3 materials fee for this workshop.

Photo: Magnetic Field around a Magnet

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

Sea Turtles - Helping Hands in Winter, What you can do

11/16/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Representative from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation

For Adults and Children 10 +

Have you ever wondered if there were sea turtles in New York waters? Would you know what to do if you saw one on the beach? Join The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation for a slide presentation on how you can help save these animals when they are the victims of cold-stunning. Cold-stunning is a condition similar to hypothermia that is brought on when cold-blooded animals, in this case sea turtles, are exposed to cold temperatures of 50°F or below. This condition, if left unnoticed, can become fatal. If you are 18 years of age or older, once you attend one of these lectures you can sign up to become a registered beach walker and help the Riverhead Foundation save cold-stunned sea turtles! If you are younger than 18, this program is a great introduction to helping wildlife in winter.
See calendar listing for Saturday, November 22, Mock Stranding & Cold Stun Orientation Program for a first-hand experience with a mock sea turtle and marine mammal rescue.

Photo: Green Sea Turtle

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

Lodo's Story Time - The Big Snow, Story and Craft

11/22/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 3 to 5 years

What do animals do in the fall to get ready for winter? Which ones fly south and which ones stay here? Join Crystal and her story-time puppet, Lodo the River Otter, as they read The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader to learn what geese, mice, rabbits, and deer do to get ready for the winter. After the story, we’ll make birdseed ornaments to share a Thanksgiving bounty with our backyard neighbors. There is a $5 material fee for this program.

Photo: The Big Snow

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

Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Mock Stranding & Cold Stun Orientation

11/22/2014 · 1 pm - Saturday
Ponquogue Beach
Leader: Riverhead Foundation Rescue Team

For Adults and children 6 +

Meet the Riverhead Foundation at the beach and learn how biologists respond to a stranded marine mammal or sea turtle! Life-size models and real-life equipment are used in this exciting glimpse of what happens on a rescue. After the mock rescue, the team will discuss the dangers of cold stunning in turtles, in hopes of recruiting volunteers (18 years and older) willing to patrol New York’s beaches in search of sea turtles in distress. Since cold stunning is a condition that slows the movements of afflicted sea turtles, it causes the animals to be washed ashore. This condition, if left unnoticed, can become fatal. The sooner these animals are found and reported to the Riverhead Foundation, the higher their chance for survival! There is a $5 per person fee for this program.

Photo: Participants in the Mock Stranding

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

Bug Beds - Winter Hiding Spots

11/22/2014 · 2 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children age 6 to 8 years

Everyone needs a cozy bed for the winter, even bugs. Unlike us, they can’t make body heat, so their cold beds are just a safe hiding spot from the hungry animals who are still awake in winter. Come explore the field behind SoFo to find the secret places that protect our little sleeping friends.

Photo: Ladybugs hiding in the bark

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

SoFo Presents! Jungle Bob & His Live Animal Extravaganza

11/29/2014 · 11 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Jungle Bob

Take a walk on the wild side with Jungle Bob as he brings the wonders of nature to life with a live animal show of some of the world’s most unusual, unknown, and under-appreciated creatures. Encounter snakes, lizards, turtles, crocodilians, frogs, toads, salamanders, and tarantulas from around the world! Interact with these amazing creatures as we examine and discuss habitats, location, diets, defense mechanisms, and more! Jungle Bob promotes conservation through education, an awesome program for all ages. Limited enrollment.

Photo: Jungle Bob

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

Make Your Own Fossil

11/30/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 6 and older

Fossils tell the story of ancient plants and animals. In this program, young children will find out what fossils are, how real fossils were made, and what we can learn from them. After this introduction and a look at some real fossils, Lindsey will use natural and plastic objects to help participants make a “fossil” of their own to take home. There is a $5 materials fee for this program.

Photo: Making our Fossils

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


December, 2014 top ^

Full "Snow" Moon Hike

12/6/2014 · 6 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Jean Dodds, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt Secretary

Cosponsored by SoFo and Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt.

During this month, the winter cold fastens its grip and nights are at their longest and darkest. Sometimes this moon is also called the Long Night Moon as the winter nights lengthen and the moon spends more time above the horizon opposite a low sun. Join us for this leisurely paced one-hour hike in Vineyard Field, the field behind the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) and, afterward, for some convivial conversation and refreshments in the moonlight.

Photo: Full Moon

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

Owls by the Light of the Full Moon

12/6/2014 · 7 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Joe Giunta

For Adults

Listen for the whinnying sound of the Eastern Screech Owl or maybe even the seven-noted hoot of the Great Horned Owl on this nighttime owl prowl that marks the beginning of our owls’ courtship season. Joe, an expert birder and a delightful teacher, will present a brief slide show and then take you into the field to call owls in for actual sightings. Bring binoculars and a flashlight. Limited enrollment.

Photo: Eastern Screech Owl

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

Winter Sea Ducks - Birding With Frank

12/6/2014 · 9 am - Saturday
Montauk
Leader: Frank Quevedo, SoFo Executive Director

On this walk, we will visit Montauk Point to view a variety of wintering sea ducks. These birds from the Arctic and Canada migrate south to Long Island each winter to forage on the abundance of shellfish and crustaceans that live on the ocean floor. Thousands of scoters as well as eiders, loons, gannets, and, perhaps, razorbills or guillemots may be visible.

Photo: Common Eider

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

Secret Connections - Exploring the Mysteries of Food Webs

12/6/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 6 to 10 years

Did you know that there is a chain connecting you to a worm? Can you see the chain connecting a fox to a lily pad? You can’t see these chains directly; they are an imaginary way to describe what living things eat and are eaten by, called a food chain or food web. Some chains are short, some are long, and some connect to other chains, making a web in our imagination. Join Crystal as she explores and helps you visualize the food chains in the museum and in our backyards, and where we humans fit in. All participants will help to construct a large food web of living things that live on the South Fork. We’ll wrap up with an owl pellet dissection to find out what an owl eats. There is a $6 materials fee for this program.

Photo: Owl Pellet

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

Owl Story Time with Oliver the Opossum

12/7/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 3 to 5 years

Billywise, the protagonist in “Billywise” by Judith Nicholls, is a baby owl, trusting in his mother and learning to bravely fly off into the night. Tyler and his puppet-friend Oliver Opossum will read this heartwarming story and then lead our young friends in an owl-themed arts and crafts project. Keep on trying…and someday you’ll be flying!

Photo: Billywise

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


Backpack Adventures - Exploring at Morton Wildlife Refuge

12/13/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Noyac
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 5 to 7

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 residential bird life at Elizabeth Morton Wildlife Refuge in Noyac. 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. Limited enrollment.

Photo: Black-capped Chickadee

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

The Nature of Waves - Science in Everyday Life for Teens

12/13/2014 · 2 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

A wave is a disturbance that travels through space and matter, transferring energy from one place to another. Waves are all around us in everyday life—sound, light, raindrops on a pond, waves crashing on the shore. Basic principles of mathematics are used to describe the structure and periodicity of waves. Join Melanie and experiment with everyday objects to see what waves are and how they behave. There is a $3 materials fee for this program.

Photo: Types of Waves

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

Decorate a Holiday Tree for the Birds: Family Workshop

12/13/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: SoFo Staff

Feeding wild birds in winter is especially important in our area, where development has removed a good deal of natural winter food resources for local birds. Join the SoFo staff to make bird-friendly decorations for a holiday tree, using seeds, suet, and dried fruits. You’ll also be able to make some of these treats to take home and use as decorations on your own “holiday tree” for the birds. There is a $3 charge for each child participant. Bring a shoebox to take home your decorations.

Photo: A Decorated Holiday Tree for the Birds

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

Woods in Winter - Nature Hike

12/20/2014 · 1 pm - Saturday
East Hampton
Leader: Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

For Adults and Children of all Ages

Long Island is beautiful in every season, and the woods in winter can be very inviting if you know what to look for. Learn where hibernating animals might sleep and find signs of those who stay awake; identify the leafless, dormant plants; and learn to tell where you might find food or shelter if you were lost. While the ticks are asleep, we can freely hike the safe and welcoming forests of the South Fork. Dress warmly for this short hike.

Photo: Winter Trails

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

Marine Mammals of the South Fork

12/20/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Nicole Cummings, SoFo Nature Educator, and Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

For Adults and Children 10 +

Whales, dolphins, and porpoises belong to the cetacean family and are mammals just like us! This means they are warm-blooded, have traces of hair or fur, give birth to live young, nurse their young, and must breathe oxygen. Marine mammals evolved from their land-dwelling ancestors sixty-five million years ago and, over the years, developed many characteristics to help them adapt to life in the water. Come on down to the museum to learn about these special characteristics and discover which marine mammals frequent our South Fork waters.

Photo: Sperm Whale

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

Observing Seals - Family Nature Walk

12/21/2014 · 1 pm - Sunday
Montauk
Leader: Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator

The end of December is a prime time to observe the seals that arrive in our waters to become winter residents. Join Lindsey on this walk through the deciduous forests of the scenic Seal Haul-Out Trail in Montauk and down to the rocky shore, where at low tide you can expect to see harbor seals and an occasional gray seal sunning themselves on the exposed rocks. The walk to see the seals is about one-half mile, so keep that in mind if bringing small children.

Photo: Winter Harbor Seals

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

Winter Beach: Nature Discovery Walk

12/27/2014 · 3 pm - Saturday
Hampton Bays
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

Bundle up, bring your binoculars, and maybe a collection bag or two, and join Crystal as she explores some of the bay and ocean beaches in the hamlet of Hampton Bays. Winter is a tough time of year for many marine animals. Circumstances during spring, summer, and fall can make it difficult for some mollusks to make it through the winter. When they don’t survive, the stormy winter seas will throw the mollusk shells up onto the beach, within collecting distance for the courageous beach explorer. The beaches we’ll visit are also home to many overwintering birds, some in their breeding plumage. With luck, we may see eiders, mergansers, and loons, birds that will not be around here in the late spring and summer.

Photo: Moon Snail

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





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