Calendar

Apr
30
Sun
Sharpening Your Observational Skills While Learning to Draw SoFo’s Live Plants & Animals: Adults and Teens
Apr 30 @ 10:00 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 www.murielappelbaum.com

Muriel’s workshop not only helps you to learn to draw the plants and animals you find at SoFo but, perhaps even more importantly, helps you hone your observational skills—important for all of us, but especially important for the naturalist. In this drawing workshop, Muriel will show you how to look closely at your subject to help you get started drawing what you see. She’ll give you some strategies to use that make this sometimes-challenging effort easy, fun, and successful. We’ve seen the results, and it works! 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.

May
6
Sat
Eighth Annual Peconic Family Fun Day: Free Children’s Environmental Carnival
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Held at the Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE), across the street from the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo).

This family fun day presents exhibits, programs, and hands-on activities sponsored by Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE), Peconic Land Trust, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo), Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, Amber Waves Farm, Group for the East End, Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Southampton Animal Shelter, and other environmental organizations. In addition to all the wonderful activities at CMEE, SoFo will host two easy-paced nature walks at the South Fork Natural History Museum to see the blossoms, birds, butterflies, turtles, frogs, and myriad plant and animal life that call Vineyard Field, the field behind the museum, home:

10:30am: Nature Walk Leader: SoFo Nature Educator

11:15am: Nature Walk Leader: SoFo Nature Educator

History of the Oyster in New York—East Hampton Shellfish Enhancement & Education Directive Lecture: Adults and Teens
May 6 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for a lecture by Kim Tetrault of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s SPAT (Suffolk Project in Aquaculture Training) Program describing the fascinating history of the oyster in New York. In the early 1900s, New York, specifically the East End of Long Island, was a major epicenter for growing, harvesting and marketing the Eastern Oyster. The Industry was fueled by aquaculture practices even in its infancy. Kim will illustrate his talk with photos depicting the oyster community at the turn of the century and the rise of a new industry that continues to the present.

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

Photo Credit: Suffolk County Historical Society

May
7
Sun
Sharpening Your Observational Skills While Learning to Draw SoFo’s Live Plants & Animals: Adults and Teens
May 7 @ 10:00 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 www.murielappelbaum.com

Muriel’s workshop not only helps you to learn to draw the plants and animals you find at SoFo but, perhaps even more importantly, helps you to hone your observational skills; important for all of us, but especially important for the naturalist. In this drawing workshop Muriel will show you how to look closely at your subject to help you get started drawing what you see. She’ll give you some strategies to use that make this sometimes-challenging effort easy, fun, and successful. We’ve seen the results, and it works! 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.

May
10
Wed
Birding with Frank at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Division: Adults
May 10 – May 11 all-day

Grab your binoculars, put on your hiking shoes, and join SoFo’s Executive Director, Frank Quevedo, for two days of spectacular birding at the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Division, in southern New Jersey. You’ll see migrating shorebirds as well as resident breeding species of the coastal salt marsh, including Osprey, herons, egrets, skimmers, and terns. This incredible National Wildlife Refuge protects more than 47,000 acres of southern New Jersey coastal habitats and wetlands. The refuge extends for 50 miles along the coast from Brick Township to its southern extent, which is five miles north of Atlantic City. At least 322 species of birds have been observed on the refuge. The Forsythe Refuge is nationally recognized as one of the East Coast’s premier birding spots. This program includes overnight stay and transportation. Contact Frank Quevedo by email at: sofoexdir@optonline.net or by phone, Saturday through Wednesday at SoFo: 631.537.9735.

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

Photo Credit: Hans Hillewaert

Full Flower Moon Hike at SoFo: Adults and Children
May 10 @ 8:30 pm

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

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

Join us on a one-hour, leisurely paced 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 and the Milk Moon. There will be light refreshments and convivial conversation after the walk.

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

Citizen Science—Take Part in the Horseshoe Crab Survey: Adults and Teens
May 10 @ 9:30 pm

Program Leaders: Gina and Mark Cappiello, Horseshoe Crab Survey Site Coordinators for Pikes Beach, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Suffolk County

Assisted by: Melanie Meade, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature 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 by the light of the full moon. The Horseshoe Crabs are there to spawn, and their eggs provide essential 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 astounding wildlife events.

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

Photo Credit: Gina Mulhearn

May
13
Sat
Book Club—New Members Welcome! H is for Hawk: Adults
May 13 @ 10:00 am

Club Leader: Lisa Kiss

We welcome new members to SoFo’s once-a-month discussion group featuring books about nature, science, and environmental Issues. Join us for coffee, tea, pastries, and stimulating conversation. Club member’s book suggestions are always welcome.

This month we’ll be discussing H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald. Katy Waldman, reviewing the book in Slate says:

“Some books are not books—I am intimidated to begin this review. I am scared to approach something so gimlet-eyed, something with a vision so different—richer, wilder, more precise—than my own. I’m supposed to recognize it, but I don’t, quite; it could mean any number of things, and—as in the best poetry—those things are somehow inseparable from the expression the writer has already given them. The hawk book’s form is perfect. It prickles your skin the way nature can when you are surprised by an animal in your path. Some books are not books but visitations, and this one has crossed its share of thresholds before arriving here, to an impossible middle perch between wilderness and culture, past and present, life and death.”

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

What Shell is This? A Family Beach Exploration
May 13 @ 10:30 am

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

Life in the ocean is mysterious since humans can only visit underwater for a short time. Thankfully, the actions of wind and waves “gift” us glimpses into this mysterious realm. Join Crystal to explore an ocean beach and a bay beach to learn about the life that has washed up onto the sand—from clams to seaweeds to fish—and the birds that fly or run on the sand and swim in the water. Warm weather or brave souls permitting, we will also get into the shallow water and use a two-person seine net to see what bay animals are active, maybe some hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, or flounders!

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

Printing Native Botanicals—Learn How to Make Botanical Monoprints: Adults and Teens
May 13 @ 1:00 pm

Workshop Leader: Christine Morro. Christine is an artist, writer and educator; she lives and works in Sag Harbor.

Join us for an afternoon collaborating with nature, no experience required! In this two-hour workshop, we’ll print directly from native plants found at the preserve here at SoFo. You’ll be guided step-by-step as you learn how to create original prints with a little bit of imagination. During the workshop, you’ll create monoprints and acquire the basic knowledge to carry on this activity at home with simple tools. Material fee: $10

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

Photo Credit: Christine Morro