Calendar

Dec
12
Thu
Full Cold Moon Hike with Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt: All Ages
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO)

Hike Leader: Jean Dodds, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt Secretary

During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. Sometimes this moon is also called the Long Night Moon as the winter nights lengthen and the moon spends more time above the horizon opposite a low sun. Join us for this leisurely paced one-hour hike in Vineyard Field, the field behind the South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO), and afterward, for some convivial conversation and refreshments in the moonshine. This is a free program.

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

Owls by the Light of the Moon—Annual Foray with Joe Giunta: Adults
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm

Photo Credit: Xylia Serafy

Walk Leader: Joe Giunta, birding instructor for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, trip leader for New York City Audubon and lecturer for many local chapters, and owner of Happy Warblers LLC, a birding and educational travel company

Listen for the whinnying sound of the Eastern Screech Owl or maybe even the seven-note hoot of the Great Horned Owl on this nighttime owl prowl that marks the beginning of our owls’ courtship season. Joe, an expert birder and a delightful teacher, will present a brief slide show and then take you into the field to call owls in for actual sightings. Bring binoculars and a flashlight. Limited enrollment.

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

Dec
14
Sat
SOFO Cleans the Beach—Join SOFO at Mecox Beach: All Ages
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am

Cleanup Crew: SOFO Environmental Educators

Did you know that it takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to break down in the ocean? Every day thousands of tons of waste and trash are dumped into oceans worldwide. Not only does this waste harm—and sometimes kill—the marine life we know and love, it makes its way up the food chain into the food we eat, hurting humans as well. In just one hour, you can help make the beach a cleaner and safer place for everyone! Please join us in our efforts to keep our hometown beaches pollution-free! This is a free program.

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

Annual Decorate a Holiday Tree for the Birds: A SOFO Family Workshop
Dec 14 @ 10:30 am

Workshop Leaders: South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Staff

Feeding wild birds in winter is especially important in our area, where development has removed a good deal of natural winter food resources for local birds. Join the SOFO staff in what has become a holiday tradition and make bird-friendly decorations for a holiday tree using seeds, dried fruits, and some surprising additions. You’ll also be able to make some of these treats to take home and use as decorations on your own “holiday tree” for the birds. Bring a shoebox to take home some of your decorations. Material fee: $5 per participant

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

Seal Walk at Cupsogue Beach County Park, Westhampton: Adults/Children Ages 6+
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm

Photo Credit: Xylia Serafy

Walk Leader: Xylia Serafy, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Environmental Educator

With the cold of winter, many northern animal visitors come to the South Shore of Long Island to find food—among them Pinnipeds, or seals. The three most common species of seals that visit Long Island at this time of year are Harbor Seals, Grey Seals, and Harp Seals. Join us on a walk toward the ocean at Cupsogue Beach County Park, where at low tide you can expect to see some of these seals sunning themselves on the distant sandbar. It may be cold and windy, so please bundle up.

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

Dec
15
Sun
How Strong are Seashells? Adults/Children Ages 8+
Dec 15 @ 10:30 am

Program Leader: Melanie Meade, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Education & Outreach Coordinator

Explore the structure and function of seashells and compare the mechanical properties of toughness and hardness. See what a shell would be like if it were not so tough by trying to break shells that have been baked or soaked in bleach and comparing them to the properties of untreated shells.

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

Dec
17
Tue
Museum Closing at 2pm for a Private Event
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm
Dec
22
Sun
SOFO’s Young Birders Club Meeting: Teens/Children Ages 8-18
Dec 22 @ 10:00 am

Club Leader: Miles Todaro, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Environmental Educator

Birding is a great way to make new friends, learn about the environment, and get outside…so join our Young Birders Club! The Club meets from 10 am to noon on the third Saturday of every month and is open to anyone ages 8–18 who is interested in learning about birds. We concentrate on birding in local areas, since Long Island has many great habitats that are home to a wide variety of species. The Club’s leader is SOFO Environmental Educator Miles Todaro. The two Club advisors, both avid birders, are Frank Quevedo, the South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Executive Director, and Barbara Blaisdell, educator and experienced birder. Please bring binoculars if you have them (we have a few pairs to lend) and a field guide to birds of the eastern United States. If you don’t have a field guide, we’ll have one here for you to use. This is a free program.

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

Dec
23
Mon
Winter Birds of Vineyard Field with Miles
Dec 23 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Photo Credit: Shenandoah National Park

Winter School Break One-Hour Programs for Children of All Ages
10:30–11:30am

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

Dec
26
Thu
Listening Walk to the Pine Grove with Jackie
Dec 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Photo Credit: Sai Kiran Anagani

Winter School Break One-Hour Programs for Children of All Ages
10:30–11:30am

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