Calendar

Sep
30
Sat
SoFo’s Young Birders Club “Takes Off Again!”
Fall Migration in Montauk
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am

Club Leader: Hannah Mirando, experienced birder who attends East Hampton High School

Club Advisors: Frank Quevedo, the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Executive Director, & Barbara Blaisdell, a member of the SoFo Board of Directors

Join us for this month’s meeting of SoFo’s Young Birders Club where we will head out to Montauk in search of Fall Migrants. Montauk is one of Long Island’s best-known migration “traps” – areas where migrating birds congregate. These migrants, flying at night, accidentally drift over the ocean due to winds. By morning, these exhausted birds seek the nearest land and fly north to Long Island’s south shore beaches. Join us to observe both land and shorebirds that have been caught in this “migration trap”.

New members welcome! The club which meets monthly, is open to anyone ages 8-18 interested in learning about birds.  Please bring binoculars and a field guide to birds of the eastern United States.  Let’s go birding!

This is a FREE program.

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

Pine Barrens Perambulation—An Exploratory, Interpretive Nature Hike: All Ages
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am

Photo Credit: Jim Lukach

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

The East End of Long Island is known for its beautiful beaches, but there’s another distinctive and important habitat to be explored—the Pine Barrens. The Pine Barrens are Long Island’s only remaining true wilderness, covering 100,000 acres of land. This area first became protected in 1993, in order to safeguard the thousands of plant and animal species that call the Pine Barrens home, many of which are endangered or threatened. Come along with Ashley to walk, talk, and explore this remarkable ecosystem.

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

Museum Closed for a Private Party: 2:30-4pm
Sep 30 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Oct
4
Wed
Hook Mountain Hawk-Watch in New York, Overnight Adventure: Adults
Oct 4 – Oct 5 all-day

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

It’s that time of year again and the hawks are on the move. Join Frank on this overnight trip to Hook Mountain State Park in Nyack, New York. Hook Mountain consists of 676 acres of undeveloped park stretching through almost seven miles of waterfront and cliff slopes. At 730 feet, its summit offers spectacular views of Rockland Lake and the Hudson River valley. It is also a prime location for viewing migrating raptors such as Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, American Kestrels, and many species of hawks—Sharp-shinned, Cooper’s, Red-shouldered, Broad-winged, Red-tailed and Northern Goshawks. The Audubon Society estimates that an average of more than 12,000 raptors fly by Hook Mountain each fall. This will be a birding adventure not to be missed. Transportation provided. Limited enrollment. Cost: TBD

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

 

MUSEUM CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE
Oct 4 all-day
Oct
5
Thu
Full Moon Hike—The Hunter’s Moon: Family
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm

Photo Credit: Xylia Serafy

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

Hike Leader: Jean Dodds, Secretary, 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 meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally harvested in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that came out to eat 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.

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

Oct
7
Sat
Andy’s Annual Salamander Log Rolling: Family
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am

Walk Leader: Andy Sabin, President, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Board of Directors

On this annual walk with Andy, aka “Mr. Salamander,” you’ll discover some unusual creatures that live in the leaf litter under the rotting logs on 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.

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

Long Pond Greenbelt 19th Annual Family Celebration—Hike—Play—Explore: Discover the Long Pond Greenbelt!
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Photo Credit: Richard Lewin

Sponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt (FLPG), the Peconic Land Trust, & the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)

Bring the children for a morning exploration at the 19th Annual Celebration of the Long Pond Greenbelt! Enjoy guided trail walks, play games, make crafts, and participate in a wide variety of activities provided by local environmental and community organizations including: Children’s Museum of the East End, Peconic Land Trust, Group for the East End, FLPG, Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons, Hampton Library, Perfect Earth Project, SoFo, Long Island Native Plants Initiative, Long Island Nature Organization, Quality Parks, The Nature Conservancy, Southampton Parks and Recreation. Complimentary ice cream and refreshments for all. FREE! For more information and to RSVP, please contact FLPG at 631.745.0689. Rain or shine.

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

Oct
8
Sun
Passerine Fall Migration Walk for Adults
Oct 8 @ 7:30 am

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

The first Canadian cold weather 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.

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

Interpretive Nature Walk in Sagg Swamp Preserve with Biologist, Dr. Keith Serafy: Adults & Children Age 8+
Oct 8 @ 10:30 am

Join Dr. Serafy for an interpretive nature walk through the Sagg Swamp Preserve in Sagaponack. This 105-acre preserve is a jewel located at the southern end of the Long Pond Greenbelt, a chain of ponds, marshes, swamps, and streams that stretches the entire width of the South Fork. The walk begins in an upland forest and descends into a Red Maple/Black Tupelo swamp, typical for Long Island. The walk includes a loop trail over the swamp on a recently rebuilt boardwalk. The walk will take a little over an hour and normal walking shoes are sufficient.

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

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