Calendar

May
25
Fri
Museum Closed for School Group Visit: 10am-12pm
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
May
26
Sat
Andy’s Annual Salamander Seining … & Some Frogs, Too: Family
May 26 @ 10:00 am

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

Many salamanders breed in water, and here’s your chance to see the larval aquatic stage of the endangered Eastern Tiger Salamander before it comes on land to live. You’ll also see some of our local frog tadpoles as Andy Sabin, “Mr. Salamander,” wades into a freshwater pond and, using a seining net (a large two-person fishing net with weights at the lower edge and floats at the top), brings to the surface the pond-stages of these young animals, members of the Class Amphibia.

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

The Evolution of Avian Flight! A Nature Game: Children Ages 8 & Older
May 26 @ 1:00 pm

Game Creator: Eleni Nikolopoulos, South Fork Natural History Museum Environmental Educator

Why does a bird fly? Have you ever thought about it? Join us for an interactive game where we will learn about animal adaptation and the possible pathways that avian flight evolved from. Starting before Archaeopteryx, a primitive ancestor of the modern bird, participants will have to figure out the driving forces that pushed the formerly ground- or tree-dwelling species into the air. Going over the two main theories of the evolution of avian flight, participants will not only learn about evolution in a fun way but also learn to truly appreciate modern flying species and the journey they have taken to get to where they are today!

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

Museum Closed for Private Birthday Party: 2:30-4pm
May 26 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
May
27
Sun
COME DRAW WITH US! Nature Drawing for Beginner & Intermediate Levels: Adults & Teens
May 27 @ 10:30 am

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 http://www.murielappelbaum.com.

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. Bring a 9”x12”drawing pad with a hard back for support and two drawing implements—for example, a very soft (dark) pencil (4B is good), conté crayon, or ballpoint pen.

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

Reception & Fundraiser
East Hampton Shellfish Enhancement & Education Directive Program (EHSEED Program)
Cocktail Party and Raw Bar.
May 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Please join us for a Reception and Fundraiser for the EHSEED Program (East Hampton Shellfish Enhancement and Education Directive). Hors d’oeuvres and oysters on the half shell will be served along with local beer and wine. Your support will benefit East Hampton’s Oyster Garden Initiative that educates the community about the importance of oysters in our ecosystem and as a sustainable food source. Tours of the nearby shellfish nursery will also be offered. Please check Eventbrite.com to purchase tickets.

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

May
28
Mon
Can You Escape from the Woods? Workshop, Compass Included: Children Ages 8 & Older
May 28 @ 10:30 am

Workshop Leader: Taylor Ruhle, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Environmental Educator

If you were lost in the woods, could you find your way out? Do you know how to use a compass? Knowing how to use a compass to orient yourself is an important skill to have for anyone who spends time outdoors. Join us for a lesson on cardinal directions, how to use a compass, and then test your skills in Vineyard Field! Material fee $5

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

May
29
Tue
Museum Closed for School Group Visit: 10am-12pm
May 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Full Flower Moon Hike in Vineyard Field: Family
May 29 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Photo Credit: Xylia Serafy

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

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

Join Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and South Fork Natural History Society on a leisurely-paced, one-hour hike through open-field trails. In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time, thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon. Refreshments afterward. This program is free.

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

Citizen Science—Horseshoe Crab Survey with Cornell Coop Extension: Adults/Teens
May 29 @ 10:00 pm

Photo Credit: Gina Mulhearn

Program Presenters: Gina and Mark Cappiello, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Suffolk County, Horseshoe Crab Survey Site Coordinators for Pikes Beach, assisted by Melanie Meade, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Environmental Educator

In past years, from about mid-May to the first week of June, thousands of Horseshoe Crabs have gathered at Pike’s Beach. It’s an incredible sight to see—made more so in the light of the full moon. The Horseshoe Crabs are there to spawn; their eggs provide food for seabirds to fuel themselves for their long migration journeys. But, due to human intervention, something is happening to this age-old process. Data needs to be collected to document and assess the status of Horseshoe Crabs in our waters. You can help! Join SoFo and Cornell to assist in collecting information for this study, while you witness one of nature’s most amazing wildlife events.

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