Calendar

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
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.

Jul
15
Sat
COME DRAW WITH US!—Art Workshop: Adults and Teens
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am

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.

Science/Nature Book Club—Blessed Unrest, by Paul Hawken – New Members Welcome!
Jul 15 @ 10:30 am

Book Group Leader: Lisa Kiss

                       

We welcome current and new members to SoFo’s once-a-month discussion group featuring books about nature, science, and environmental issues. Club member’s book suggestions are always welcome.

If you want to be part of the group and haven’t read the book, join us anyway. This month we’ll be discussing Blessed Unrest, How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw it Coming by Paul Hawken.

Blessed Unrest explores the diversity of the [environmental] movement, its brilliant ideas, innovative strategies, and hidden history, which date back many centuries. A culmination of Hawken’s many years of leadership in the environmental and social justice fields, it will inspire and delight any and all who despair of the world’s fate, and its conclusions and will surprise even those within the movement itself. Fundamentally, it is a description of humanity’s collective genius, and the unstoppable movement to reimagine our relationship to the environment and one another.” blessedunrest.com

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 Ages 6-8
Jul 15 @ 3:00 pm

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

 Get ready for a 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.

Jul
16
Sun
Bluebirds & Binoculars: Adults and Teens
Jul 16 @ 8:00 am

Photo Credit: Don Faulkner

Program Presenter: Xylia Serafy, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature Educator

 The Eastern Bluebird—New York’s State bird—is a marvelous bird to capture in your binoculars. The brilliant royal blue on the back and head, contrasted by the warm red-brown color on the breast, is always a breathtaking sight to see no matter how many times you’ve spotted one. The SoFo field – Vineyard Field – is home to a chain of bluebird nest boxes erected by SoFo. Join Xylia on the good chance that you’ll be able to see these beautiful birds flying back and forth between the field and their nests, bringing insects to feed their young. You’ll also learn why this field is the perfect habitat for bluebirds. Bring binoculars for this program and a field guide to birds of the eastern United States, if you have one.

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