Calendar

Aug
20
Sun
Offshore Birding Adventure with Frank and Captain Greg—Winged-Wanderers’ Pelagic Adventure: Adults
Aug 20 @ 6:00 am – 1:00 pm

Photo Credit: JJ Harrison

Program Leaders: Frank Quevedo, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Executive Director, and Captain Greg Metzger, Reel Science Charters

Join Frank Quevedo on this seven-hour private charter in search of pelagic birds aboard Captain Greg Metzger’s 21-foot Parker pilothouse boat. Captain Greg will take us offshore in search of storm petrels, shearwaters, gannets, and many more of our ocean wanderers. We may encounter a few dolphins, whales, and other marine life along the way. This is a great opportunity to experience ocean life from a different perspective. Adults only. This adventure is limited enrollment. Cost: $120 (SoFo members) and $140 (non-members). Bring binoculars, lunch, and snack. Water will be provided.

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

Let’s Explore the Mystery of the Vanishing Vernal Pond and Who Lives There?: Family
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am

Program Leader: Eleni Nikolopoulos, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature Educator

Vernal pools are amazing places to search for biodiversity! Here at SoFo, we love vernal pools and go out and search for salamanders in them at night in the winter months. We go seining for the salamander larvae and tadpoles in the spring months. But what do we do in vernal pools in the summer months? You may already know why we don’t typically explore vernal pools in the summer—it’s because they disappear. In this program, we’ll investigate the mystery of the disappearing vernal pool. We’ll look for clues that a vernal pool once existed in this area… and see if we can find any animals or remnants of animals that live in this habitat. Join us for a fascinating investigative exploration and help solve the mystery of the disappearing vernal pool!

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

Aug
21
Mon
SOLAR ECLIPSE OBSERVING PARTY!
Join SoFo to Safely View the Partial Solar Eclipse with an Astronomer from the Montauk Observatory & Learn All About this Rare Spectacle
Aug 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Dark grey—area seeing the total solar eclipse
Light grey─ area seeing the partial solar eclipse

Eclipse Instructor: Telescope and Astronomer from the Montauk Observatory

Note: viewing is weather permitting; indoor program will be held whatever the weather. SoFo will supply safe eclipse-viewing glasses.  If you wish, bring folding chairs and a snack.

This program is cosponsored by the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt

“The total phase of this solar eclipse will be visible from a narrow path, spanning all across the USA from the East Coast to the West Coast (see map below), weather permitting. In the surrounding areas, people will see a partial solar eclipse.” timeanddate.com

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

Aug
26
Sat
Art of Science Children’s Workshop—”Drawing with Nature”: Family/Children Ages 7-12
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am

“Nature’s Rhythms”

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 workshop, tools and pigments taken from nature will be our materials and mediums as we play with small and large scales. In this highly experimental workshop, we will explore elements of drawing—line, form, value and gesture—incorporating movement and our whole bodies!

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

Aug
27
Sun
Bay Seining with Al Daniels: Family
Aug 27 @ 10:00 am

Program Leader: Al “Big Time” Daniels

You’ll have an up-close look at the marine creatures of the bay—the ocean’s nursery—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.

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

Aug
28
Mon
Replacing Hamptons Suburbia with Green Villages and Hamlets within a Managed Landscape, “Restructuring the Hamptons Settlement Pattern”
Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm

Photo Credit: Chaleff and Rogers Architects

Program Presenter: Bill Chaleff of Chaleff and Rogers Architects

Hampton’s growth has crossed the quantitative-qualitative Rubicon. We’re now looking at a development scenario that will destroy many of the very things that have drawn people to this area for millennia. Join us for a stimulating look at the Hamptons, from … as they were, to… what they have become to… how we can move forward through managed growth to a sustainable future.

Our program presenter, Bill Chaleff, of Chaleff & Rogers Architects, has been in the forefront of the “green” architecture and planning movement since 1985. If you’re concerned about development on the East End and want an educated explanation of the perils we face and the possibilities that are available to us, we urge you to attend this program.

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

Sep
2
Sat
Snapping Turtles—Andy’s Annual Prehistoric Monster Hunt: Family
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am

Photo Credit: Richard Lewin

Walk 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 three feet from head to tail and weigh as much as 70 pounds—will be the main subject of this adventure with Andy. You’ll also get to know the Eastern Painted Turtle and perhaps meet up with the aptly named Stinkpot Turtle. Children love this annual walk.

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

Evening Beach Exploration at Fresh Pond: Family
Sep 2 @ 6:30 pm

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

Join Crystal for a family-friendly exploration at Fresh Pond in East Hampton. This wonderful location is a bay beach with a brackish, semi-tidal creek that splits the beach. We’ll look for shells, seaweeds, and other treasures tossed up by the bay waves, and pull a two-person seine net through the creek and the bay to see what fishes and crabs or other surprises are hiding in the water. We’ll use various tools to explore the life of the area, such as a refractometer for measuring the salt content of the water, magnifiers, magnets, shovels, and viewing containers. Please dress to get wet since Crystal will need assistants to pull the seine net through the water.

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

Sep
6
Wed
Birding with Frank to Celebrate World Shorebirds Day: Adults and Children 8+
Sep 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Photo Credit: Dick Daniels

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

The numbers of shorebirds around the world have been declining. Global recognition of this decline has resulted in the creation of World Shorebirds Day. The day will be commemorated by a worldwide shorebird count to encourage conservation and recognition of these birds. Join SoFo on this Third Annual World Shorebird Day honoring these magnificent birds. No experience necessary to join. Binoculars are a must, a field guide to birds of eastern North America is recommended.

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

Full Harvest Moon One-Hour Hike: Family
Sep 6 @ 8:00 pm

Photo Credit: Xylia Serafy

Hike Leader: Dai Dayton, President, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt

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

This full moon’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was to be harvested. 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.

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