Calendar

Jun
28
Wed
Museum Closed for a Private Party: 2pm-4pm
Jun 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Jul
1
Sat
Observing Endangered Piping Plovers──An On-site Experience: Adults and Children
Jul 1 @ 9:00 am

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

Join us for the first of this 3 part series, designed for all ages, to learn about the environmental and human impacts on some of Long Island’s endangered and threatened species──Piping Plovers and Least Terns──both species integral to our coastal ecosystems.

During the summer months you may notice signs on our beaches that read DO NOT ENTER attached to fencing and see coastal stewards roaming the beaches. During this program, on a selected beach in Sagaponack, you’ll learn why this fencing has been erected, what the stewards are doing, and what you can do to help out! After a short talk, we’ll head out and observe some Piping Plovers, Least Terns, and possibly even their chicks or fledglings! We’ll monitor these birds, each time we go back (dates for the other programs are July 23 and August 12), observing the same birds as they grow!  We’ll start a journal and update it on each visit to monitor the birds just as the coastal stewards do.  At the end of this program, children will receive some cool Piping Plover games and activities to take home to remind them of their experience.

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

“Meet the Martins”—The Purple Martins: Adults and Children
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am

Photo: Xylia Serafy

Program and Workshop Presenter: John Shemilt, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Purple Martin Steward

Join us for an exceptional opportunity to see just-hatched Purple Martin nestlings. In this program, John Shemilt—who is the SoFo Purple Martin Steward and has been fascinated by Purple Martins since the age of 3—will first introduce you to the life history of these fascinating songbirds, the largest member of the swallow family in North America. After learning about the bird’s life history, you’ll go out into the field behind SoFo to see the colony of man-made gourds that house SoFo’s newest population of Purple Martins. You’ll help John lower the rack of gourds, then look into the nesting cavity and see the newly laid eggs and the just-hatched nestlings … and even get a chance to hold a nestling. After this rare experience, you can help John and the members of SoFo’s Young Birders Club collect the data on this newest brood of Purple Martins.

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

Jul
2
Sun
Birding by Ear with Eric: Adults and Teens
Jul 2 @ 8:00 am

Photo Credit: Geoff Clarke

Walk Leader: Eric Salzman, composer and South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Board Member

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 popular and 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.

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

Make Your Own Fish-Print T-Shirt and Learn About Local Fishes: Family
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am

Workshop Leaders: Sue and Al “Big Time” Daniels

 In this popular, delightful—and what has become annual—hands-on workshop, children and their adult companions will learn about the variety of fishes in our waters while making their own colorful fish-print T-shirts to take home and wear with pride. There is a materials fee of $12 per person for T-shirt and supplies. Please bring a smock or cover-up. Limited enrollment, please reserve now.

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

Jul
3
Mon
A Visit to a Working, Traditional Boat Shop—East End Classic Boat Shop: For Adults and Children Ages 10+
Jul 3 @ 10:00 am

Tour Leader: Ray Hartjen

This is a rare opportunity to visit a working boat shop, where the smell of freshly cut wood greets you as you walk in. Traditional boat building is nearly a lost art yet, here in a shop near the ocean on the East End of Long Island, you have an opportunity to witness rough-sawn lumber being carefully laid out, sawn twice, and planed down to form the planks of a 12-foot sailing/rowing boat.

This shop, manned entirely by volunteers, is in its ninth year of operation. In addition to witnessing a boat being planked, you will have an opportunity to refine a canoe paddle cut from locally grown and harvested Sassafras. Making the shaft of a paddle round, from the square stock, requires a lot of careful planning. Here, you will have an opportunity to take a plane in hand and help to shape this newly created paddle. Extra square shafts will be available so that all who participate in this visit will have an opportunity to actually shape some wood. Limited enrollment, please reserve now.

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

 

Jul
7
Fri
Museum Closed in Preparation for our Annual Summer Gala
Jul 7 all-day
Jul
8
Sat
Museum Closed in Preparation for our Annual Summer Gala
Jul 8 all-day
SAVE THE DATE: 28th Annual Summer Gala – A Journey into the Wild @ South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) & Nature Center
Jul 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

HONORING NEJMA & PETER BEARD,
CHRIS FISCHER & ALAN RABINOWITZ

Saturday, July 8, 2017
6 pm – 7 pm Pre-Event VIP Cocktail Reception
7 pm – 10 pm Benefit Party & Dancing

CHAIRED BY ANKE & JÜRGEN FRIEDRICH
AND SUSAN & DAVID ROCKEFELLER

CO-HOSTS ALEX GUARNASCHELLI,
DEBRA HALPERT AND KERRY HEFFERNAN

CATERED BY PETER AMBROSE

Benefiting SoFo’s educational & environmental programs & initiatives.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Location: The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center
377 Bridgehampton – Sag Harbor Turnpike, PO Box 455, Bridgehampton NY 11932

Photo Credit: Rob Rich

Jul
9
Sun
Full Buck Moon Hike: Family
Jul 9 @ 9:00 pm

Photo Credit: Xylia Serafy

Walk 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)

The July full moon is named the Buck Moon because 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.

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