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Jan
18
Fri
Celestial Shadows: The January 2019 Lunar Eclipse
Astronomy Lecture & Celestial Observing
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Photo Credit: Jonathan Gomez Barrientos

On the night of January 20-21, the Full Moon will pass into earth’s shadow and turn from a radiant white to an eerie red. The eclipse will begin at approximately 10:30 PM on January 20, reach totality by about 1:00 AM the morning of January 21, and conclude almost 3 hours later. It’s easy for everyone to see the eclipse but, with simple equipment and little background knowledge, the spectacle gets even better. Join us for an evening dedicated to the Moon: from ancient science to the latest discoveries from the surface.

Speaker
Montauk Observatory Astronomer, William Francis Taylor, has been a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador since 2014, lecturing about the universe around us and sharing his love of the heavens by giving guided tours of the sky through telescopes. He is a local tutor and a life-long East End resident.

The lecture will be followed by stargazing through telescopes, weather permitting.

This event is FREE.

Jan
19
Sat
Searching for Seals & Winter Walk: Adults/Children 8+
Jan 19 @ 11:30 am

Walk Leader: South Fork Natural History Museum 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.

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

SOFO Young Birders Club Meeting: Ages 8 – 18 – Free Event
Jan 19 @ 2:45 pm

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

Club Advisors: Frank Quevedo, Executive Director, South Fork Natural History Museum, and Barbara Blaisdell, Experienced Birder

Birding is a great way to make new friends, learn about the environment, and get outside!

The South Fork Natural History Museum is delighted to continue hosting its Young Birders Club. The club, which meets on the third Saturday of every month, is open to anyone ages 8-18 who is interested in learning about birds. We’ll focus on birding in local areas, since Long Island has many great habitats that are home to a wide variety of species. Please bring binoculars and a field guide to birds of the eastern United States if you have them (we have a few binoculars to lend).

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

Nighttime Owl Prowl with Joe Giunta: Adults
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm

Photo Credit: Greg Hume

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.

Joe Giunta is one of SOFO’s most engaging birding teachers, and this foray is one of his most enjoyable. The evening starts with a brief slide show and taped calls to acquaint you with our native owls. Then Joe will take you into the woods to call owls in for actual sightings. There is a good possibility that you will see an Eastern Screech Owl and maybe even a Great Horned Owl, whose courtship period begins at this time of year. Bring binoculars and a flashlight. Limited enrollment.

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

Jan
20
Sun
NYSOA 2019 Winter Waterfowl Count: Adults/Teens – Free Event
Jan 20 all-day

Count Leader: Frank Quevedo, Executive Director, South Fork Natural History Museum

At one time, a great variety of waterfowl wintered on Long Island; now, due to habitat loss, food scarcity, and the introduction of nonnative species of water birds, our wintering population of waterfowl is slowly diminishing. To assess this situation and record the number of overwintering waterfowl, the New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA) sponsors an annual waterfowl count throughout the State. If you are an experienced or intermediate birder, we would be delighted to have you join us. To do so, call count leader Frank Quevedo at 631.537.9735 for detailed information.

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

Take Action—Plastics in Our Oceans: Children ages 9+
*New STEAM based Programing
Jan 20 @ 10:30 am

Photo Credit: Ingrid Taylor

Program Presenter: Rachel Speckenbach, South Fork Natural History Museum Environmental Educator

As human beings, we have the ability to greatly affect and alter our surrounding environment. One way we negatively do so is by improperly disposing of plastics, much of which ultimately end up in our oceans and other local water bodies. Join Rachel for a lesson on plastic pollution! You’ll learn where marine debris comes from, understand how plastic waste harms aquatic habitats and wildlife, and discover how to keep our waters clean through different interactive activities.

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

Jan
21
Mon
Full Wolf Moon Hike at SOFO with Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt: All Ages – Free Event
Jan 21 @ 6:30 pm

Photo Credit: Michael Gil

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

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

Legend has it that native tribes related this moon to the nighttime howling of wolves. Join us to mark the first of the year’s full moons on this leisurely paced one-hour hike through open-field trails and, afterward, warm up with some light refreshments and convivial conversation. This is a free program.

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

Jan
26
Sat
Long Island’s White Shark Research—SOFO’s Shark Research and Education Program Update with Greg Metzger: Adult/Teen
Jan 26 @ 10:30 am

Photo Credit: OCEARCH / R. Snow

Program Presenter: Greg Metzger, Chief Field Coordinator for the South Fork Natural History Museum Shark Research and Education Program

The South Fork Natural History Museum is one of the newest organizations to begin studying the large coastal sharks found along the south shore of Long Island. We have been specifically targeting young-of-the-year (YOY) white sharks for electronic tagging purposes. The tags have begun to give us information on their movement at this stage of their life cycle, about which virtually nothing is known. This lecture will update the public on the highlights of the 2018 field season, as well as what we have learned over our four years of work.

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

Jan
27
Sun
Birds & Beaks—Specialized Adaptations: Children ages 6-8
*New STEAM based Programing
Jan 27 @ 10:30 am

Photo Credit: winnu

Program Presenter: Miles Todaro, South Fork Natural History Museum Environmental Educator

Ever wondered why birds have so many different types of beaks? Some are short, some are long, some are pointy and some are round. Join us in exploring the different benefits of all sorts of bird beaks through a fun activity all about adaptation. Afterwards, we’ll graph our results and talk about why things turned out the way they did.

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

Feb
1
Fri
Museum Closed for Scout Program: 3-4pm
Feb 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm