Summer 2014

All Scheduled Nature Programs
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Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

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South Fork Natural History Museum at
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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.

SoFo provides exciting and educational nature experiences through
out-of-doors nature walks and indoor workshops and programs.
Each event is led by an expert naturalist.



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Summer 2014 Calendar



June, 2014 top ^

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

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


July, 2014 top ^

Make a Fish Print T-Shirt - Family Workshop At SoFo

7/5/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton
Leader: Sue and Al Daniels

In this popular and delightful hands-on workshop, children and their adult companions will learn about the variety of fish in our waters while making their own colorful fish print T-shirts to take home and wear with pride. There is a materials charge of $10 per person for T-shirt and supplies. Please bring a smock or cover-up.

Photo: Fish Print Shirt

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

Butterfly Fireworks for the 4th of July at SoFo

7/5/2014 · 9:30 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton
Leader: Henry Halama

Tiny scales overlapping in rows are what give butterflies their brilliant color and distinctive patterns. Join butterfly enthusiast Henry Halama for a foray into the field, binoculars in hand, to scout for these beautiful insects. This program is for adults, however children 10 and up may attend. Please bring binoculars.

Photo:American Copper

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

Birding for Beginners with Frank - Shorebirds

7/6/2014 · 9 am - Sunday
Southampton
Leader: Frank Quevedo, SoFo Executive Director

Summer is the best time to view some of the fifty or more species of shorebirds that comb the beaches, sand flats, and marshes of Long Island. On this walk, we will visit Shinnecock Bay in Southampton and focus on plovers, yellowlegs, oystercatchers, and sandpipers as they feed by wading in shallow waters. So grab your binoculars, scopes, sunscreen, and field guide to Birds of Eastern North America, if you have one, and let’s hit the bay. For adults and children ages 12 and up.

Photo:Willet

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

Aquatic Habitats and Water-plant Art

7/6/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton
Leader: Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 6 to 9 years

Aquatic plants are an essential part of any water ecosystem. They provide oxygen and food, absorb nutrients from the water and create hiding places for aquatic animals. In this workshop with Melanie you’ll use real pond and ocean plants to create artwork about some interesting aquatic habitats and the plants and animals you can find there.

Photo: Eel grass beds, a crucial aquatic habitat

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

Create Your Own Beach Memory Jar - RESCHEDULED

7/7/2014 · 10 am & 2 pm - Friday
East Hampton
Leader: Nicole Cummings, SoFo Nature Educator

10 am - For Children ages 3 to 5 years
2 pm - For Children ages 6 to 8 Years

Everybody can use a vacation. Why not remember your family’s trip in a unique way? Start a new family tradition and join Nicole at the beach to learn how to create a memory jar. You’ll gather sand, shells, driftwood, and any other natural objects you find on the beach that you wish to be a part of your memories. Nicole will talk about how the sand you are using is created, what kinds of animals made the shells you’ve collected, and what you remember most about your day at the beach. There is a $4 materials fee for this workshop.

Photo: Beach Memory Jar

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

What Do Roots Do? Story Time and Craft

7/9/2014 · 10 am - Wednesday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 3 to 5 years.

Plants can be one of our most forgotten and silent neighbors ──generously giving the rest of the planet food and replenishing oxygen. But where does it start? Join Crystal and her story-time puppet, Lodo the River Otter, as they read What Do Roots Do? by Kathleen V. Kudlinski and learn why roots are important. After the story, we will plant some seeds to grow an edible root and enjoy a root craft to take home. There is a $3 materials fee for this program.

Photo: "What Do Roots Do?" Book Cover

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

Birding by Ear at the Grace Estate

7/12/2014 · 8 am - Saturday
East Hampton
Leader: Eric Salzman, SoFo Board of Directors

Have you ever wondered why some birders seem to know who is lurking in the neighborhood even when there’s nothing to be seen? One good reason is that they’ve trained themselves to bird by ear, not just by sight. On this unique bird walk, composer, accomplished birder, and bird song connoisseur Eric Salzman will teach you about the nuances of bird vocalization and share tips on how to train your auditory memory.

Photo: Common Yellow-throat

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

Intriguing Insects - Let's Make One! Art Workshop

7/12/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Jan Porinchak, Naturalist, Artist, and Educator

For Children 7+ with an Adult

First, meet some live insects, then create a 3D insect ── a beetle, butterfly, bee perhaps ── of your own in this unusual and informative workshop with Jan. You’ll pick an insect of your choice, create it through step-by-step instructions from Jan, and then paint your sculpture and take it home, ready for display. All materials are non-toxic, but don’t forget to bring a smock or cover-up. There is a $5 materials fee for this workshop.

Photo: Collage of Insects

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

Carnivorous Plant Program & Bog Walk for Adults

7/12/2014 · 1 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Matt Kaelin and Lindsey Rohrbach

Program & Walk Leader: Matt Kaelin, award-winning carnivorous plant expert, cultivator, and photographer (his images can be seen at http://www.mkaelin.com) assisted by Lindsey Rohrbach, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature Educator and Creator of SoFo’s Bog Garden.

This program and walk, will focus on Long Island’s most unique carnivorous plant – the Thread-leaf Sundew (Drosera filiformis) ── which, in all of New York State, is only found in Suffolk County. First there will be a slide presentation at the museum describing the Suffolk locations and habitats where Drosera filiformis can be found. This will be followed by a chance to see a display of specimens of live, cultivated, carnivorous plants along with feeding demonstrations. After the demonstrations, it’s off to a nearby bog to observe and learn about our local Drosera filiformis as well as the Spoon-leaf Sundew (Drosera intermedia) and various species of the carnivorous plant genus Uticularia, or bladderworts, as well as the many other interesting plants and animals that make the bog habitat home.
These carnivorous plants are dependent on our continued conservation for their long-term survival so please be respectful of the delicate ecosystem we will be visiting. The field experience will involve some wet-walking.

Photo: Thread-leaved Sundew

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

Full "Buck" Moon Hike

7/12/2014 · 9 pm - 10 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Dai Dayton, President, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt.

The July full moon is named the “Buck Moon” as it is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer, covered with highly vascular skin called velvet, emerge from the frontal bones of their skulls. Join Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and SoFo on this one-hour, leisurely-paced hike through open-field trails. Afterward, stay for light refreshments and convivial conversation.

Photo: Full Moon

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

Backpack Adventures - The Salt Marsh

7/13/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Southampton
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 5 to 7 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 on her “Backpack Adventure” as she explores, with the spirit of earlier Americans, the life of a summer salt marsh ──from birds and fish to crabs, worms, and jellies. 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: Lewis and Clark

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

Lost Ladybug Project

7/15/2014 · 10 am - Noon
Amagansett
Leader: Cosponsored by the Peconic Land Trust - Quail Hill Farm and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)

The Peconic Land Trust and SoFo team up with scientists from Cornell University for our annual search for more “lost ladybugs” at Quail Hill Farm. Gently capture, identify and release ladybugs to further Cornell University’s “Lost Ladybug Project.” Children can join a special expedition, led by Andrew Blaurock, a budding entomologist and SoFo member, who has successfully captured the nine-spotted ladybug in past searches! Wear sunscreen, and bring a digital camera if you have one. Children must be accompanied by a willing adult participant. There is no charge for anyone for this program, so bring friends.
Please park on Deep Lane and meet at the farm stand. For more information on the “Lost Ladybug Project” visit www.lostladybug.org. Heavy rain cancels this program.

Photo: Nine-spotted Ladybug

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

"SoFo Goes Silver" 25th Anniversary Celebration

7/19/2014 · 6:30 - 9:30 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo

Fundraiser to support the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)
For information and tickets go to: www.sofo.org

Grassland and Grassland: Hike from Vineyard Field to Poxabogue Park

7/20/2014 · 9 am - Sunday
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)
On this one and one-half-hour hike, you’ll have an opportunity to learn about the value of our native grassland habitat, an area all too rare here on the East End. You’ll walk from the meadow behind SoFo to the grasslands of Poxabogue County Park, two areas where continuing efforts are being made to remove non-native, invasive plants and reestablish healthy populations of native plant species. Be sure to check out the nature observation blind when you arrive at Poxabogue.


Photo: Vineyard Field

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

Beach Treasure Hunt - Making a Rock Collection

7/20/2014 · 11 am - Sunday
Southampton
Leader: Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 6 to 8 years

The rocks of Long Island’s beaches were all brought here by a massive block of ice, then made smooth by our seas. Finding these rocks can be exciting and eye-opening and making a collection is so enjoyable, you may not even realize how much you are learning! Join Tyler for a walk on our local beach to learn the secrets that some of these rocks hold, and make your own collection to bring home. Collecting bags will be provided. There is a $4 materials fee for this program.

Photo: Finding rocky treasures

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

Writing a Haiku Poem with George Held

7/26/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: George Held

In this small group workshop George Held, who has published more than 100 haiku and 18 poetry books, will teach the philosophy and practice of the haiku, a concise Japanese form of verse that is written widely throughout the world today. Because the haiku focuses on an instant in nature, the SoFo Museum and adjacent field and woods will offer many opportunities for a "haiku moment": this occurs when the writer sees a natural object and has an insight into it that can be expressed in about 12-17 syllables. Only a pen or pencil, a small notepad, sharp eyes and a clear mind are needed. Limited enrollment.

Photo: Writing

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

Moth Night - Celebrating National Moth Week

7/26/2014 · 8:30 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Hugh McGuinness, who has been conducting faunal surveys of Long Island’s moths since 2004, assisted by Molly Adams, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature Educator

During National Moth Week – this year from July 19 to July 27 - citizen scientists from all over the world celebrate moths by observing them and gathering data during “moth nights”. Join SoFo and moth expert, Hugh McGuiness for a night full of identifying and documenting different species of moths that we will attract by using simple methods: lights, a white sheet, and a “sugaring” concoction. Don’t forget to ask Hugh about the Sparganothis mcguinnessi moth. Yes, it’s named after him!

Photo: Luna Moth

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

Rainbows & Bubbles at SoFo

7/26/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 3 to 5 years

Rainbows happen when sunlight shines through the water vapor in the sky. The tiny water drops in the air bend the sunlight and separate it into its many colors. We will experiment with soap bubbles, water, and even milk to make all the beautiful colors of a rainbow… and even some giant bubbles.

Photo: Bubble!

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

Scientific Survey for Teens at Mecox Bay

7/26/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
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, how they change through the year, and over the years. Join Crystal at Mecox Bay beach 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 there. We will using professional tools ──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 for you to record your personal 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.

Secret Life in a Pond at SoFo

7/27/2014 · 10 am & 2 pm - Sunday
Bridgehampton
Leader: Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator

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

In this hands-on program, children will discover the tiny “secrets” that inhabit the pond── the food for frogs, turtles, and salamanders. Tiny life begins the food chain, and it hides in the watery muck making it difficult to find. Join Lindsey, using magnifying glasses and underwater viewers for the younger children, plus microscopes for the older group, to identify the variety of creatures that live in a fresh water pond – from tadpoles and insects to smaller microorganisms that make mud and algae their home.

Photo: Dragonfly Larvae

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

Nature Paddle - Helping Alewives at Alewife Brook

7/27/2014 · 9 am - 11 am - Sunday
East Hampton
Leader: Mike Bottini, Naturalist and Author

Alewives are a type of herring that spawn in freshwater. Learn about efforts to improve access to their spawning grounds as we ride the tail end of the incoming tide on Alewife Brook, from Northwest Harbor to Alewife Pond, and return on a slack tide. Rentals available: $40 single kayak; $60 tandem kayak; $50 paddleboard (SUP). Lifejackets included.

Photo: Alewife

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

Backpack Adventures - The Salt Marsh

7/31/2014 · 11 am - Thursday
Southampton
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 a summer salt marsh from birds and fish to crabs, worms, and jellies. 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 your findings). Schedule plenty of time for this program; a speedy adventurer misses a lot. Limited enrollment

Photo: Lewis and Clark

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


August, 2014 top ^

The Night Sky - Celestial Viewing

8/1/2014 · 8:30 pm - Friday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Astronomy Outreach Team of the Custer Institute Cosponsored by the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) and Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt

For Adults and Children ages 8 and older.

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

Photo: Viewing the Night Sky

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

Butterfly Gardening - Helping Nature Help You

8/2/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 6 to 8

We can do good things for nature. If you learn about our ecosystems, and what the organisms in them require, you can help nature provide more clean air, water, food, and beauty. Butterfly gardening gives butterflies the plants they rely on, while delivering peace and beauty to your backyard. Come learn how to start your own butterfly garden, which local butterflies you may attract, and see who we can find in the museum’s own butterfly garden.

Photo: Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed

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

Dragonfly & Damselfly Walk & Identification

8/2/2014 · 1 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Annette DeGiovine Oliveira

For Adults and Children ages 8 and up

Annette has been surveying dragonflies and damselflies since 2005, and was trained for the “New York Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey,” a project of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the NY Natural Heritage Program. On this walk to a local pond, she will cover the basics of the Odonate life cycle, habitat, and identification, while instructing you on observation skills and the proper technique of netting, for study, and releasing these amazing flying insects . Wear clothing and footwear you don’t mind getting wet.

Photo: Halloween Pennant

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

The Benefits of Planting Native Species

8/3/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator

For Adults and Teens

Enjoying the beauty of a garden can come at a cost. Maintaining a garden and keeping it flourishing can be an endless task of watering, pruning, and keeping away pests. Learn how to grow a beautiful garden of native plants that requires lower maintenance and also attracts an array of beneficial insects like bees and butterflies. Native gardens also support other local wildlife such as birds, while naturally defending themselves against grazers such as deer and rabbits. You’ll be enjoying your new garden with much less effort while supporting local wildlife and habitats.


Photo: Bushy Aster

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

In Search of Herons, Ergrets, and Bitterns of the South Fork

8/4/2014 · 9:30 am - Monday (Time Change!)
East Hampton
Leader: Nicole Cummings, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 8 to 12 years

The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is North America’s largest and most common heron. This expert fisher wades through marshes and ponds in search of fish, amphibians, reptiles and even small mammals. During the summer season, our waters provide refuge for eleven different species of the Ardeidae family, which also includes Egrets and Bitterns. All of these birds have unique habits. Join Nicole to learn first, at SoFo, about the Ardeidae family and their life histories, and then travel with her to a nearby pond in the hopes of seeing some of these magnificent birds in action.

Photo: Great Blue Heron

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


How to Harvest Your Own Sea Salt

8/9/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Southampton
Leader: Michele Martuscello, founder of Shelly Sells Sea Salt, Inc., assisted by Molly Adams, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature Educator

Meet Michele and Molly at the beach for a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to harvest your own delicious sea salt from the Atlantic Ocean. Before walking you through her harvesting process, Michele, a South Shore native, who founded the artisanal, small batch sea salt company Shelly Sells Sea Salt, Inc., will share some facts about salt, and the ocean, that she has learned from years of gathering her own sea salt. Be ready to get your feet wet!

Photo: Harvested Sea Salt

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

Energy from the Sun - Solar Cells & Electricity - For Teens

8/9/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

Solar cells are all around us these days, small ones now in pocket calculators and emergency road signs, and soon larger ones powering our cars. Join Melanie to learn about the science behind solar cells and then experiment with solar cells and electric circuits to harness energy from the sun. In this workshop, you’ll have a chance to create your own solar cell project to take home. There is a $10 materials fee for this program.

Photo: Solar Cell

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


Full "Sturgeon" Moon Hike

8/10/2014 · 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Jean Dodds, Secretary, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt

Native American fishing tribes are given credit for naming this moon, since sturgeons were most readily caught during the month of August. A few tribes knew it as the full “Red Moon” because, as the moon rises, it appears reddish through a humid haze. It was also called the “Green Corn Moon” and the “Grain Moon” by some tribes. Join Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and SoFo on this one-hour, leisurely-paced hike through open-field trails. Afterward, stay for light refreshments and convivial conversation.

Photo: Full Moon

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

Noisy Bug Sing-Along - Lodo

8/13/2014 · 10 am - Wendesday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

Children ages 3 to 5 years

Who is making all that noise outside? Is it a monster … or just tree branches? Maybe it’s an insect! Join Crystal and her story-time puppet, Lodo the River Otter, as they chirp, squeak, and buzz through Noisy Bug Sing-Along by John Himmelman. After the story we will go on a short nature walk, along a mowed path, to find some of our noisy, daytime neighbors.

Photo: Noisy Bug Sing-Along Book Cover

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

Seining and Sieving - Life in a South Fork Estuary

8/16/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Springs
Leader: Pete Weis, SoFo Board Member

Roll up your pants and get your feet wet so you can meet the creatures of our sandy bay beaches and muddy harbor shores. Pete and his crew will use seining nets and strainers to teach you about our fascinating aquatic life, such as amphipods, isopods, worms, crabs, and fish. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Photo: Sorting out the Sein

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

Photographing the Landscape - A Closer Look through the Lens of your Camera

8/16/2014 · 3:30 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Antonia Pisciotta - Fine Art Nature Photographer

For Adults and Teens

With your digital camera in hand, capture the beauty and diversity found in the field and pond behind the museum. Learn to find the “image” within the landscape, how to isolate the simple from the seemingly chaotic view. We will focus on elements that compose a photograph — light, color, shape, line, texture, patterns, and their combined intangible spirit. Periodically, we will gather to share our findings, as well as receive individual critiques from Antonia. No former use of a camera is required. Bring a camera you are comfortable with, be it a digital phone, tablet, or conventional camera.

Photo: Vineyard Field

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

Summer Night Sounds

8/16/2014 · 8 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

A summer’s night is filled with courtship songs; sometimes we hear birds, or amphibians, but for the most part we hear insects. Many insects spend the winter as an egg or larva and are only mature enough to reproduce by summer. Be amazed at the songs of these mostly tiny animals as they give it their all to spread their genes before a predator eats them or the first fall frost ends their short existence. Join Crystal for a sound and slide show of some of the many insects calling in Vineyard Field or around your home. After the presentation we will sit on the upper deck of the museum to practice identifying these sounds using our ears.

Photo: Katydid

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

Project Goat - The Munch Solution to Invasive Plants

8/16/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Dai Dayton, President, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt.

Project Goat! We've mowed 'em, cut 'em, dug 'em, weed-wrenched 'em, and chipped 'em. Now they're gonna be munched! The invasive Autumn Olive, that is, in the field behind SoFo.

Join Dai for a discussion of the native grassland restoration project of the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, under way in Vineyard Field, the field behind the museum. She will discuss the challenges of dealing with invasive species in the field, over the last nine years, why you need to be on the lookout for invasive plants on your own property, why they need to be removed, what has and hasn’t worked, and why goats are the latest choice in eradication measures. After the program we will gather on the upper deck, overlooking the field, to observe the goats in action.

Photo: Dairy Goats munching on Autumn Olive

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

Magical Folds - The Secrets to Origami

8/17/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator

For Adults and Children ages 10 and older

Origami, the art of folding paper, has been around since 105 A.D., originating in China. From there, it spread into 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 many scientific fields. Join Lindsey for a brief presentation on the advancements made because of origami and the simple mathematical principles governing paper folding. You’ll also have a chance to make your own folded paper creation. There is a $5 materials fee for this program.

Photo: Folded Praying Mantis

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

Crazy Locomotion: How Animals Move

8/20/2014 · 3:30 pm - Wednesday
Amagansett Library
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

Cosponsored by the Amagansett Library and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)

Animals move in interesting, and sometimes funny, ways depending on how their body is shaped. Animals that look very similar can often be differentiated by how they move, such as a turtle and a tortoise, or a frog and toad. Join Crystal for this interactive, family program at the Amagansett Library and be prepared to hop and slither.

Photo: Frog Jumping

Call the library at (631) 267-3810 for reservations.

Seaweeds for the Intertidal Zone and Driftline

8/23/2014 · Noon - Saturday
Montauk
Leader: Larry Liddle, Professor Emeritus of Southampton College, Long Island University, and now Visiting Professor in the Hydrobiology Institute at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China

For Adults and Children 8+

Join Larry for this seaweed exploration at Montauk Point, suitable for adults, and children eight and older. Larry has engaged in the scientific study of seaweeds throughout his career, and continues to do so. First, you’ll start out in the parking lot with a brief introduction to the algae of the region, then Larry will show you some pressed specimens. This will be followed by a walk in the intertidal zone at the Point, to observe the zonation of seaweeds and their associated fauna, and to identify the most characteristic genera. After that, you’ll visit a drift site farther to the north, where subtidal seaweeds pile up, and then assess not only the quantity (especially large after a storm) but also the diversity of the major groups of organisms there.
This seaweed exploration is enjoyable for children as well as adults. There is an $8 fee, per car, for parking at the Point.

Photo: Seaweeds in the Intertidal Zone

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

Brush Bots - An Introduction to Electric Circuits

8/23/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Melanie Meade, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children Ages 6 to 9 years.

Robots are machines people make to do work. Robot machines do search and rescue and environmental cleanup work in places too hazardous for people. Join Melanie for an introduction to robots by making a brush bot── a simple robot made from a toothbrush head── whose tiny vibrating motor turns the bristles into thousands of little legs. There is a $4 materials fee for this workshop.

Photo: Brush Bot

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

Nature Paddle in The Springs - Managing Salt Marshes

8/24/2014 · 9 am - 11 am - Sunday
Springs
Leader: Mike Bottini, Naturalist and Author

Learn about salt marsh management techniques and conservation issues as we paddle through scenic Accabonac Harbor. Rentals available: $40 single kayak; $60 tandem kayak; $50 paddleboard (SUP). Lifejackets included.

Photo: Salt Marsh

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

8/30/2014 · 10 am - 1 pm - Saturday
Southampton
Leader: 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, and then study, fin fish, invertebrates, and plankton. You’ll do benthic grabs to examine the sandy or muddy bay bottom, and 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: Sorting out the Trawl

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

Insects of Vineyard Field

8/30/2014 · 2 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

For Teens and Adults

The summer air is filled with the sounds of insects and their courtship songs. Join Crystal for a leisurely walk in Vineyard Field as you and she look for the many arthropods that call the field home, such as dragonflies, beetles, and butterflies. To study the insects that we can catch (which we will soon release), we’ll use a variety of magnifiers to show the beauty of our ‘creepy’ neighbors. If you have binoculars, bring them, along with a camera and a sketch pad/notebook.

Photo: Dogbane Beetle

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

Snapping Turtles - Prehistoric Monster Hunt - Family Adventure

8/30/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Bridgehampton
Leader: Andy Sabin, President South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Board of Directors

Of ancient lineage, the Snapping Turtle, which can grow to a length of 3 feet from head to tail and weigh as much as seventy pounds, will be the main subject of this adventure with Andy. You’ll also get to know the Painted Turtle, and perhaps meet up with the aptly named Stinkpot Turtle. Children love this walk.

Photo: Andy Sabin with a Snapping Turtle

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

Bay Seining with Al Daniels

8/31/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Sag Harbor
Leader: Al "Big Time" Daniels

You’ll have an up close look at the marine creatures of the bay, the nursery of the ocean, with fisherman Al “Big Time” Daniels, as he sweeps his seining net through the near-shore waters of Noyac Bay and brings in a variety of marine animals—small fish, scallops, crabs, and maybe even a turtle—to surprise and delight you. This is an excellent adventure for the whole family.

Photo: Seining with Al Daniels

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


September, 2014 top ^

The Art of Seaweed Pressing with Larry Liddle

9/6/2014 · 2 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Larry Liddle, Professor Emeritus of Southampton College, Long Island University, and now Visiting Professor in the Hydrobiology Institute at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China\

For Adults and Children 8 +

The delicate, artistic mounting of seaweed is an art form that takes practice and patience, and it is rare to have an opportunity to see it done. Noted phycologist Dr. Larry B. Liddle has devoted years to studying, collecting, and mounting specimens. In this program, you’ll learn about the science of seaweeds while seeing how Larry creates elegant works of art.

Photo: Pressed Seaweed

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

Birding with SoFo - Celebrate World Shorebird Day

9/6/2014 · 10 am - 2 pm - Saturday
Shinnecock
Leader: Lindsey Rohrbach, SoFo Nature Educator and Frank Quevedo, SoFo Executive Director

The number of shorebirds around the world has been declining. Global recognition of this decline has resulted in this, the first World Shorebird Day. The day will be commemorated by a worldwide shorebird count to encourage conservation and awareness of these birds. Join SoFo on this, the first worldwide count honoring these magnificent birds. No experience necessary. Binoculars and a field guide to Birds of Eastern North America recommended.

Photo: World Shorebird Day

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

What's in the Wrack Line? Natural and Unnatural Flotsam

9/6/2014
For Children ages 9 to 12 years

The sea leaves many things behind on the beach each time the tide goes out. This wrack line contains the remains of plants, animals, and man-made products and is a habitat for seaside invertebrates. We will investigate what the tide has left in the wrack line and compare natural and unnatural floatables.

Photo: The Wrack line

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

Spiders of Long Island

9/7/2014 · 10 am - Sunday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

For Adults and Children 10 +

We fear what we don’t understand, and spiders are some of the most misunderstood animals. Beneficial spiders die every year because they are misunderstood, let’s change this. If you fear spiders, come learn about them; how to easily identify who is good, and who you are right to fear. Tyler will share a concise presentation, answer questions, and, if you’d like to stay, introduce you to a few of our more attractive, beneficial, local spiders. If you love spiders already, don’t miss this exciting program!

Photo: Jumping Spider

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

Birding for Beginners with Frank - Coastal and Pelagic Birds Off Montauk

9/7/2014 · 9:30 am - 3:30 pm - Sunday (Date Change)
Montauk - The Viking Fleet
Leader: Frank Quevedo, SoFo Executive Director

For Adults and Children 10 +

Pelagic birds such as shearwaters, petrels, jaegers, and gannets are species that spend a significant portion of their lives on the open ocean, rarely venturing to land except to breed. These pelagic birds are powerful fliers that can remain aloft for hours while gliding or soaring. On this trip aboard a boat of the Viking Fleet, we will venture offshore, view some of these magnificent birds, and perhaps see a whale or porpoise in the process. Bring your binoculars, lunch, sunscreen, and field guide to Birds of Eastern North America, if you have one. Adults: $75, Children (10-12 years): $49. Limited enrollment. Advance reservations
necessary.

Photo: Wilson's Storm Petrel

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

Full "Harvest" Moon Hike

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

The name of this full moon is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was to be harvested, and it is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this moon. Join Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and SoFo on this one-hour, leisurely-paced hike through open-field trails. Afterward, stay for light refreshments and convivial conversation.

Photo: Full Moon

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

Birding for Beginners with Frank - Fall Bird Migration at Montauk

9/13/2014 · 7:45 am - Saturday
Montauk
Leader: Frank Quevedo, SoFo Executive Director

Montauk is one of Long Island’s best-known migration “traps", areas where migrating birds congregate. When cold fronts are driven through by strong northwest winds the migrants, flying at night, drift over the ocean. At dawn with their energy reserves running low, they seek the nearest land and fly north to Long Island’s south shore beaches. Join Frank to observe the land and shorebirds that migrate through this Atlantic Flyway “migration trap.”

Photo: Cedar Waxwing

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

Parrish Art Museum Private Guided Tour: Emphasis Maya Lin & the Landscape

9/13/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Watermill
Leader: Parrish Art Museum Guide

This unique tour will focus on the work of Maya Lin, “one of the foremost artists of our time whose ecologically inspired works exist at the intersection of art, architecture, and environmental science,” and whose primary concern is “how humans experience and impact the landscape.” The tour will also include an introduction to the landscape artists of Eastern Long Island whose work is featured prominently at the museum. The Parrish, founded in 1898, opened the doors of its new, 34,400-square-foot Herzog & de Meuron-designed building in November of 2012. This private tour is an opportunity not to be missed.

Photo: Parrish Art Museum

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

Nature Song Writing

9/13/2014 · 1 pm - Saturday
Bridgehampton, SoFo
Leader: Tyler Armstrong, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 8 to 12 years

Nature is inspiring! Sometimes, it just makes you want to sing. But, how do you decide what to sing? Tyler can help you write a song with a special technique for writing lyrics as a group. No musical knowledge required, just bring your voice, your hands and your feet, and get ready to write your very own nature song. If we are happy with our work, we can even make our own CD! There is a $4 materials fee for a CD of our recording to be mailed to you.

Photo: Guitar

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

Georgica Pond Nature Paddle - Monarch Migration

9/13/2014 · 10 am - Noon
Georgica Pond
Leader: Mike Bottini, Naturalist and Author

2013 was not a good year for Monarch butterflies. How will they do in 2014? Learn about the life history of this fascinating creature as we paddle to the Georgica Pond "gut" to look for Monarchs. This paddle is timed to coincide with peak Monarch migration. Rentals available: $40 single kayak; $60 tandem kayak; $50 paddleboard (SUP). Lifejackets included.

Photo: Monarch Butterflies

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

Passerine Fall Migration Walk

9/14/2014 · 8 am - Sunday
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

For Adults

The first cold weather Canadian fronts come through our area at this time of year, bringing with them waves of migrating passerines (perching birds). Most of these birds migrate at night, but during the day, they alight to feed and rest. Join Joe, expert birder and delightful instructor, on this, one of his most popular walks.

Photo: Eastern Phoebe

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

Let's Find Sea Treasures at the Beach: Family Walk

9/20/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Hampton Bays
Leader: Crystal Possehl, SoFo Nature Educator

Due to offshore currents traveling from east to west, the Hampton Bays side of Shinnecock Inlet experiences more erosion than the Southampton side. The upside to the erosion is that more shells or other interesting items wash up on the beach within easy collecting distance. Join Crystal as she looks for large whelk shells, small basket snail shells, angel wings, fish bones, various egg cases and anything else the ocean beach presents us with. If we have enough time we may visit a nearby salt marsh/bay beach to compare bay shells to ocean shells.

Photo: Sea Shell Treasures

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

Scurrying Squirrels and Chipmunks

9/20/2014 · 10 am - Saturday
Noyac
Leader: Nicole Cummings, SoFo Nature Educator

For Children ages 3 to 5 years

Did you know that chipmunks can collect up to 165 acorns in one day? Or that squirrels can be found on every continent of the world except Antarctica? Bring your little ones to the Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge to discover more interesting facts about our local, furry friends. We’ll learn all about these animals’ behavior, diet, and how these mammals prepare for the long winter that lies ahead.

Photo: Chipmunk

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

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.





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