Calendar

Jan
21
Tue
MUSEUM CLOSED FROM JANUARY 6-24, 2020 FOR RENOVATIONS
Jan 21 all-day

Programs will still be taking place on the weekends. They will either be held off-site or in SOFO’s barn. However, there will be no access to the main building on days of programs.

Jan
22
Wed
MUSEUM CLOSED FROM JANUARY 6-24, 2020 FOR RENOVATIONS
Jan 22 all-day

Programs will still be taking place on the weekends. They will either be held off-site or in SOFO’s barn. However, there will be no access to the main building on days of programs.

Jan
23
Thu
MUSEUM CLOSED FROM JANUARY 6-24, 2020 FOR RENOVATIONS
Jan 23 all-day

Programs will still be taking place on the weekends. They will either be held off-site or in SOFO’s barn. However, there will be no access to the main building on days of programs.

Jan
24
Fri
MUSEUM CLOSED FROM JANUARY 6-24, 2020 FOR RENOVATIONS
Jan 24 all-day

Programs will still be taking place on the weekends. They will either be held off-site or in SOFO’s barn. However, there will be no access to the main building on days of programs.

Jan
25
Sat
Birding with John Turner—Feathered Marvels at Montauk Point: Adults
Jan 25 @ 10:30 am

Photo Credit: Wolfgang Wander

Walk Leader: John Turner, noted author, environmentalist, and member of the South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Board of Directors

Join John for a trip to the end of Long Island where, at Montauk Point, we’ll scan the ocean waters for numerous sea duck species that typically over winter there. Sea ducks expected include eiders, scoters, long-tailed ducks, and red-breasted merganser. We’ll also be on the lookout for gannets, winter gulls and razorbills and, of course, seals, and talk about efforts to give greater protection to the area. For more information about these “feathered marvels” see John’s Eco-links article featured on the front page of the 2020 winter edition of the SOFO Naturalist, SOFO’s quarterly newsletter, which can be found on the home page of the museum’s website: www.sofo.org.

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

First Winter Seal Walk at Cupsogue Beach County Park: Adults/Children 6+
Jan 25 @ 2:30 pm

Photo Credit: Xylia Serafy

Walk Leader: 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.

Jan
26
Sun
Italian Wall Lizards—Our New Neighbors: Adults/Children 6+
Jan 26 @ 10:30 am

Photo Credit: Petar Milošević

Program Leader: Paul King III, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Environmental Educator

Italian Wall Lizards are the only lizard that can be found living in our natural environment on Long Island. Released from a pet shop in Hempstead New York, they have made their way much farther west and east, and we can expect them to continue until they reach the end of Long Island. They are highly adaptable and show evidence of quick evolution. How do these lizards survive the winter? Do they harm our native wildlife? How do they spread? Come learn all about these fascinating little creatures.

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

Feb
1
Sat
Birding with Frank—Shinnecock Specialties: Adults/Teens
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am

Photo Credit: Evan Marks

Walk Leader: Frank Quevedo, Executive Director, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO)

The barrier beach area at Shinnecock is one of the few remaining undeveloped dune/salt marsh habitats on the eastern end of Long Island, an area that frequently has wintering snowy owls and short-eared owls. Join Frank on one of SOFO’s most popular birding walks. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope and a bird field guide (if you have one). This walk is for adults and teens, although children over the age of 10 may attend.

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

Meet the Salamanders: Adults/Children 6+
Feb 1 @ 10:30 am

Photo Credit: Peter Paplanus

Program Leader: Sarah Bailey, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Environmental Educator

Meet the museum’s salamanders and learn more about their fascinating life history! Many of Long Island’s salamanders spend the coldest winter months underground, but three species emerge in late winter or early spring to make incredible migrations to breed. We will learn about the preferred habitat and identifiable characteristics of our native species, while paying special attention to understanding why our mole salamanders migrate.

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

Feb
7
Fri
Museum Closed for a School Group Visit: 10-11:30am
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am