Calendar

Jul
29
Sat
Birding with Frank—Shorebirds: Adults/Children 8+
Jul 29 @ 8:00 am

Photo Credit: Peter Wallack

Walk Leader: Frank Quevedo, Executive Director, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)

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 a field guide to birds of eastern North America, if you have one, and let’s hit the bay.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Art of Science Children’s Workshop—”Painting with Nature”: Family/Children Ages 7-12
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am

Painting with Nature by Nathaniel Cote

Workshop Leaders: Andrea Cote and son Nathaniel, age 9—Artists and Educators

Andrea and Nathaniel’s workshops—The Art of Science—encourage curiosity and creativity and are for young artists and naturalists who like to experiment. In this, the first of two Art of Science Workshops (the second will be held on August 26—Drawing with Nature), children, with their adult companions, will mix and grind their own paints using natural pigments while learning about the history and science of paint-making. Then participants will use their new handmade paints to paint pictures of animals and landscapes. This is an unusual opportunity for children to learn about the relationship between art and science and how to use natural materials for art-making.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Carnivorous Plants of Long Island and Their Natural Habitats: Adults
Jul 29 @ 3:00 pm

Presentation and Walk Leader: Matthew M. Kaelin. Matthew is the author of The Sinister Beauty of Carnivorous Plants. His photography has been exhibited in fine art galleries; he has authored natural history articles, won horticultural awards, and named two Nepenthes cultivars. Matthew often explores the natural habitats of Long Island’s native carnivorous plant populations and regularly shares his observations with the New York Natural Heritage Program.

Carnivorous plants are fascinating creatures, and Long Island provides many ideal habitats for them in our local Pine Barrens, sphagnum bogs, coastal plains ponds, and even in shifting dune landscapes. This presentation will feature the 16 species that are native to our area, their habitats, and some of the other interesting plants and animals that are found living alongside them. The visually arresting photography of this presentation will reveal the exquisite beauty that these creatures possess, while providing detailed examples for observation and identification in the field. Threats to the continual survival of carnivorous plants and their habitats on Long Island, with the possibilities for conservation to protect them for the future, will be covered as well.

After the presentation, there will be a short trip to a nearby site for a guided tour of one of the greatest natural habitats for carnivorous plants on Long Island. This walk will provide an opportunity to observe large populations of three species of sundews and one species of bladderwort.

Photo Credit: Rosťa Kracík

Matthew’s book, The Sinister Beauty of Carnivorous Plants. with its exceptionally beautiful photographs and in-depth information, is available in the South Fork Natural History Museum’s Gift Shop. It is reasonably priced at $34.99. Matthew will be available to sign copies of the book.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Aug
5
Sat
Alewife Brook Nature Paddle with a Wildlife Biologist: Family
Aug 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Paddle Leader: Mike Bottini, Naturalist and Author

Timed to ride the tail end of the incoming tide from Northwest Harbor to Alewife Pond and return on the ebb tide. Alewife Brook is one of the most scenic stretches of water on the East End. Learn about the area’s history and ecology with wildlife biologist Mike Bottini. Kayak and SUP rentals available: $40 single kayak; $60 tandem kayaks; $50 paddleboard (SUP). Lifejackets are included. Call SoFo for reservations. You’ll receive specific information about the meeting place when you register with SoFo. To rent boats or paddleboards, please contact Mike Bottini at 631-267- 5228 or mike@mikebottini.com.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Art Workshop—Seascape Painting: Adults/Children 12+
Aug 5 @ 10:30 am

Photo Credit: Jan Porinchak

Workshop Leader: Jan Porinchak, art teacher, naturalist, and award-winning natural science illustrator

The ocean and bays of Long Island provide views of beautiful, inspiring landscapes. Our presenting artist will lead participants through the step-by-step process of painting a beautiful acrylic seascape on canvas. Participants will have a lovely painting to take home for display! Material fee: $10

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Who Eats What? Help Ashley Feed the SoFo Animals: Family/Children 3-5
Aug 5 @ 10:30 am

Program Leader: Ashley Federici, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature Educator

Get ready for a little behind-the-scenes tour at SoFo. Ashley will give you a chance to see how we prepare the food for our animals to eat; then you’ll get up-close and personal with the animals as they are fed. We’ll investigate food webs and the structural differences between carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Summer Water Birds for Beginners: Adults/Children 7+
Aug 5 @ 6:15 pm

Photo Credit: Peter Massas

Walk Leader: Crystal Oakes, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature Educator

Join Crystal for a beginning birding exploration of Dune Road in Hampton Bays. We’ll be looking over the ocean, across the bay, and into the salt marshes searching for our breeding or visiting summer birds. We’ll be looking for herons, egrets, Black Skimmers, plovers, sandpipers, American Oystercatchers, gulls, terns, elusive rails, blackbirds, swallows, sparrows, and Osprey. Crystal will help you learn what features to look for to help you identify what group the birds belong to and which field marks and behaviors help “give away” which specific bird you are looking at. Please bring your favorite binoculars and a field guide to birds of the eastern United States. We do have some binoculars for you to borrow—please let us know if you need a pair when you sign up.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Aug
6
Sun
COME DRAW WITH US!—Art Workshop: Adults and Teens
Aug 6 @ 10:00 am

Milkweed Drawing by Peg Conklin, student of Muriel Appelbaum

Workshop Leader: Muriel Appelbaum. Muriel is a working artist with an MFA in Studio Art from Pratt Institute in NYC. She mostly draws from nature—landscapes, people, and live animals. See her artwork at www.murielappelbaum.com

“Drawing is looking, and there is no better way to learn to see and understand the world around us. Drawing has the power to deepen comprehension and transform perception.” The importance of drawing, Claudia Massie in the Spectator.

Do you think you’d enjoy drawing, but can’t seem to find the perfect time to do it? Come draw with us. If you’ve drawn before, come hone your skills in a comfortable and relaxed place and, if drawing is new for you, this is an enjoyable way to get started in an encouraging setting.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Aug
7
Mon
Recipes for Repair
A Food-Based Solution
Aug 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Learn about food-based healing and Lyme disease prevention from Recipes for Repair authors Laura and Gail Piazza.

Guests Will Learn:
• The story of how this mother/daughter team came to write their award-winning book.
• How Laura uses nutrition as a successful part of her Lyme disease treatment and how the book’s doctor-developed diet can help reduce or eliminate symptoms from any inflammatory condition.
• Ways to minimize tick bites.
• Preventive maintenance practices to reduce tick populations in your yard.

Try samples from their cookbook, including White Bean and Sun-dried Tomato Spread, Gluten-Free Italian Bread, Kale Chips, Chocolate Macaroons and Watermelon Lime Cooler. Taste for yourself how delicious healthy eating can be. Books will be available at a discount.

Laura Piazza is an award winning professional photographer, graphic designer, and chronic Lyme patient. Her mother and co-author, Gail Piazza, is a distinguished food stylist and home economist. Together, they’ve developed a book filled with easy-to-prepare, super-delicious recipes that follow a successful doctor-written anti-inflammatory diet. To learn more about their book and story, visit www.recipesforrepair.com.

Tick-Borne Disease Presentation by Southampton Hospital: Adults and Teens
Aug 7 @ 6:30 pm

Program Presenter: Rebecca Young, RN, BSN Southampton Hospital’s Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center

Chances are that you, or someone that you know, has been diagnosed with Lyme or another tick-borne disease. Rebecca Young, RN, BSN, a member of the Medical Advisory Panel of Southampton Hospital’s Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center, will speak about the types of diseases that are carried by the different species of ticks found on Eastern Long Island and the symptoms, diagnostic tests, and treatment options that are available. Tips on preventing tick bites will also be shared. Each attendee will receive a free tick removal kit. There will be ample time for Q and A.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.