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Dec
3
Thu
The Hamptons Observatory: The Great Conjunction & Other Celestial Events
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm

The Hamptons Observatory: The Great Conjunction & Other Celestial Events

Program Leaders: Hamptons Observatory Astronomers

Every twenty years, the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn meet each other in the night sky as they both cycle their way slowly through the zodiac. This year, however, the pair will meet in the closest conjunction in approximately 400 years, merging almost into a single point in the evening sky of the winter solstice. You won’t want to miss this sight, nor the other splendid opportunities for winter stargazing, from Orion’s brilliant nebula to the Geminid meteor shower. Hamptons Observatory will guide you through the celestial calendar and help you choose the best nights to step outdoors in your warmest winter outfit. Learn more about upcoming events at www.HamptonsObservatory.org

Advanced reservations are required for all events. To register for this program, please register here:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvceqvrzgjGddUicZ_ktZHurf6RmRLZiHQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Dec
5
Sat
Birding with Frank: Winter Birding by Car ─ Using the SOFO Map and Guide @ Southampton
Dec 5 @ 10:00 am

Birding with Frank: Winter Birding by Car ─ Using the SOFO Map and Guide

Walk Leader: Walk Leader: Frank Quevedo, SOFO Executive Director

On this adventure with Frank using SOFO’s Winter Birding by Car publication you’ll combine comfort along with birding. This map and guide (its entire length includes the area from the Shinnecock Canal to Montauk) is designed to steer you to some of the more productive and accessible birding locations available by vehicle. At each of the stops on the map there is a list of highlighted bird species, including those that have occurred previously in the area and which you have a good chance of seeing. On this trip Frank you will cover the area around Shinnecock Bay. The map and guide is to be used in conjunction with SOFO’s Birds of the South Fork checklist, which contains information about the relative abundance of Long Island’s bird species throughout the year. The map, guide, and checklist are free to SOFO members. There is a charge of $5 for non-members. This program is for adults, teens, and children age 8 and older.

Please note that, as mandated by the latest State Executive Order regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, our outdoor nature walks and programs will at all times follow stringent six-feet distancing separation protocols required by the Department of Health for the safety of our participants and environmental educators. We will provide masks and gloves for all attendees.

Advanced reservations are required for all events. To register for this program, which has limited enrollment please contact us at info@sofo.org or call 631-537-9735. Spots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dec
6
Sun
Exploring Sharks Through Their Form and Function, with Greg Metzger @ South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO)
Dec 6 @ 10:30 am

Exploring Sharks Through Their Form and Function, with Greg Metzger

Presenter: Greg Metzger, Field Coordinator, SOFO Shark Research and Education Program

This presentation will teach participants about the similarities and difference among a wide range of sharks found in the North Atlantic. You’ll have an opportunity to see, up-close, various jaws, skin samples, and shark fins. This program is ideal for shark enthusiasts as well as anyone else interested in marine animals or the sea.
This program is for all ages.

There is a $5 fee for Adults and $3 fee for children for this program. Members are free.

Please note that, as mandated by the latest State Executive Order regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, our outdoor nature walks and programs will at all times follow stringent six-feet distancing separation protocols required by the Department of Health for the safety of our participants and environmental educators. We will provide masks and gloves for all attendees.

Advanced reservations are required for all events. To register for this program, which has limited enrollment please contact us at info@sofo.org or call 631-537-9735. Spots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dec
9
Wed
HORSESHOE CRAB CONNECTIONS
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm

HORSESHOE CRAB CONNECTIONS: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE MEDICAL USE OF HORSESHOE CRAB BLOOD IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC VACINES

Program Leaders: Dr. John T. Tanacredi, Center for Environmental Research and Coastal Oceans Monitoring (CERCOM), Molloy College

The Horseshoe Crab’s blue blood provides the only known natural source of an endotoxin detecting chemical called Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) that has long been used in every laboratory around the world to test for bacterial contamination in human medicines. LAL is now even more important as an aid to combating the Covid-19 pandemic with the development of COVID-19 vaccines. Dr. Tanacredi will discuss the importance of LAL in the medical field as well as the significant need for conservation of horseshoe crabs ecologically because of their connection to migrating birds. Their protein rich eggs support millions of migrating shorebirds as they journey from as far away as South America to their arctic breeding sites, each year. There are only four species of horseshoe Crabs on earth and they are all significantly endangered. As a group, Limulus has been Red listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as threatened. In addition, their current popularity as an exotic food may finally push these animals over the brink to extinction. Join Dr. John Tanacredi in this SOFO Zoom presentation to hear more about the links between this ancient animal and humans.

Advanced reservations are required for all events. To register for this program, please register here:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAlceyvrD0qE9QbSJW5oT_NTknPUFSMwbqs

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Dec
12
Sat
SOFO’s Annual Decorate a Holiday Tree for the Birds—A Family Workshop @ South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO)
Dec 12 @ 10:30 am

SOFO’s Annual Decorate a Holiday Tree for the Birds—A Family Workshop

Workshop Leaders: 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 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. This program is for all ages.

There is a $5 fee for Adults and $3 fee for children for this program. Members are free.

Please note that, as mandated by the latest State Executive Order regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, our outdoor nature walks and programs will at all times follow stringent six-feet distancing separation protocols required by the Department of Health for the safety of our participants and environmental educators. We will provide masks and gloves for all attendees.

Advanced reservations are required for all events. To register for this program, which has limited enrollment please contact us at info@sofo.org or call 631-537-9735. Spots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

SOFO Cleans the Beach—Help Needed!
Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm

SOFO Cleans the Beach—Help Needed!

Cleanup Crew: South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Environmental Educators

If you have ever been to the museum and spoken to any of our educators, you know how much we care about preserving the natural environment of the South Fork. The mission of the museum itself is to stimulate interest in, advance knowledge of, and foster appreciation for the natural environment. Our staff has decided that in order to uphold the mission of the museum we need to take direct action to help keep Long Island habitats healthy. That’s why we have decided to continue our “SOFO Cleans the Beach” program throughout the seasons. We hope you will join us on our mission to pick up as much trash as possible. Our plan is to go to a different beach each month and clean for one hour. During our cleaning session we will tally up what type of trash we are finding and, when we are finished, weigh it out. Over time we will be able to get an idea of the kind of trash that is washing up on our beach, and we can knowledgeably advocate avoiding those materials in the future. We’re excited to continue this program and be one step closer to our goal of keeping our hometown beaches clean.
This is a free program for all ages.

Please note that, as mandated by the latest State Executive Order regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, our outdoor nature walks and programs will at all times follow stringent six-feet distancing separation protocols required by the Department of Health for the safety of our participants and environmental educators. We will provide masks and gloves for all attendees.

Advanced reservations are required for all events. To register for this program, which has limited enrollment please contact us at info@sofo.org or call 631-537-9735. Spots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dec
13
Sun
Seal Walk at Cupsogue County Park @ Westhampton
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm

Photo Credit: Xylia Serafy

Seal Walk at Cupsogue County Park

Walk Leader: Melanie Meade, SOFO Education & Outreach Coordinator

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.
This walk is for adults, teens, and children age 5 and older.

There is a $5 fee for Adults and $3 fee for children for this program. Members are free.

Please note that, as mandated by the latest State Executive Order regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, our outdoor nature walks and programs will at all times follow stringent six-feet distancing separation protocols required by the Department of Health for the safety of our participants and environmental educators. We will provide masks and gloves for all attendees.

Advanced reservations are required for all events. To register for this program, which has limited enrollment please contact us at info@sofo.org or call 631-537-9735. Spots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dec
19
Sat
Hike from SOFO and Vineyard Field through the Long Pond Greenbelt with Chip Dineen @ South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO)
Dec 19 @ 10:00 am

Hike from SOFO and Vineyard Field through the Long Pond Greenbelt with Chip Dineen

Cosponsored by SOFO and the Southampton Trails Preservations Society

The Long Pond Greenbelt encompasses a magnificent 1,100-acre expanse of interconnected ponds, woods, and wetlands that stretches six miles from Ligonee Brook and Otter Pond in Sag Harbor south to Sagaponack Pond and the Atlantic Shore in Sagaponack. Spectacular for its wealth of rare plants, animals, and ecological communities, the Greenbelt is widely recognized as one of the most ecologically significant areas in all of New York State. Join Chip for this hike and experience what nature has to offer us in the winter. This program is for all ages.

Please note that, as mandated by the latest State Executive Order regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, our outdoor nature walks and programs will at all times follow stringent six-feet distancing separation protocols required by the Department of Health for the safety of our participants and environmental educators. We will provide masks and gloves for all attendees.

Advanced reservations are required for all events. To register for this program, which has limited enrollment please contact us at info@sofo.org or call 631-537-9735. Spots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

SOFO’s Young Birders Club: For ages 8 to 18
Dec 19 @ 10:00 am

SOFO’s Young Birders Club: For ages 8 to 18

Club Leader: Rachel Speckenbach, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Environmental Educator

Birding is a great way to make new friends, learn about the environment, and get outdoors. Join our Young Birders Club! The Club meets at 10:00 am on the third Saturday of every month and is open to anyone ages 8 to 18 who is interested in learning about birds. Since Long Island has many great habitats that are home to a wide variety of species, we concentrate on birding in local areas. The Club’s leader is SOFO Environmental Educator Rachel Speckenbach. 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 will 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.

Please note that, as mandated by the latest State Executive Order regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, our outdoor nature walks and programs will at all times follow stringent six-feet distancing separation protocols required by the Department of Health for the safety of our participants and environmental educators. We will provide masks and gloves for all attendees.

Advanced reservations are required for all events. To register for this program, which has limited enrollment please contact us at info@sofo.org or call 631-537-9735. Spots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dec
20
Sun
Where do Bugs Go in Winter?
Dec 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Photo Credit: Miles Todaro

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.

There is a $5 fee for Adults and $3 fee for children for this program. Members are free.

Please note that, as mandated by the latest State Executive Order regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, our outdoor nature walks and programs will at all times follow stringent six-feet distancing separation protocols required by the Department of Health for the safety of our participants and environmental educators. We will provide masks and gloves for all attendees.

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