Calendar

Dec
15
Sat
SoFo’s Young Birder’s Club with New Club Leader Miles Todaro: Children 8-18
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am

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

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 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.

New club leader Miles Todaro will join the two club advisors, both avid birders: Frank Quevedo, the South Fork Natural History (SoFo) Executive Director, and Barbara Blaisdell. 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.

Advance 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 15 @ 1:00 pm

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, suet, and dried fruits. 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 participant

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

Dec
16
Sun
Nature Drawing for Children—Mammals & How They Move: Family/Children Ages 6+
Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm

Workshop leader: Tara Smith, Artist and Educator

In this new drawing series with Tara Smith, have fun drawing some of the creatures who live in our local environment and learn how they are structured and move. You’ll become familiar with the names and features of animal anatomy while learning to draw.

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

Dec
19
Wed
Museum Closed for Private Party: 12-4pm
Dec 19 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dec
21
Fri
Full Cold Moon Hike at SoFo with Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt: All Ages
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Photo Credit: Michael Gil

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

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

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.

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

Dec
22
Sat
Nature Walk at Morton Wildlife Refuge: All Ages
Dec 22 @ 10:00 am

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

Are you tired of the stuffy indoors? Join Xylia outdoors for a walk through the woods! Morton Wildlife Refuge is a nature preserve full of many different animals and plants, even during the winter! We’ll see winter birds and learn how to identify trees even though they have lost their leaves. Whether you are hoping to learn a lot or just want to take a trip outside with the family, this program will be worthwhile for all! Make sure to bring layers of clothing.

There is a $4 parking fee per car.

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

Falconry—An Ancient, but Not Forgotten Sport—Meet Falconer Chris Paparo & His Hawk Emmy: Adults/Children Ages 6+
Dec 22 @ 10:30 am

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

About Chris: Born and raised on Long Island, Chris has been exploring the wilds of the Island for over 30 years. As a wildlife photographer, writer, lecturer, and General class, licensed falconer, he enjoys bringing public awareness to the diverse wildlife that calls the island home. His passion for coastal ecology, fishing, and the outdoors led him to obtain a BS in Marine Science from LIU/Southampton, and he currently manages the new Marine Sciences Center at the Southampton campus of Stony Brook University.

About Emmy: Emmy is a female Red-Tailed Hawk who makes her home with Chris and his family. Chris will tell you more about Emmy’s history.

Join us as Chris presents a short history of falconry and then describes the steps he took to become a falconer and collect his first bird. Chris will talk about the training he and Emmy went through to learn to work together, and the other species of hawks and falcons used in the sport of falconry.

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

Searching for Seals—Winter Seal Walk
Dec 22 @ 12:30 pm

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 SoFo 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.

Dec
23
Sun
Owl Moon—Storytime with Melanie: Children 4-10
Dec 23 @ 10:30 am

Program Presenter: Melanie Meade, South Fork Natural History Museum Environmental Educator

We’ll listen to a story-poem about a young girl and her father when they go owling one winter’s night in search of the majestic and secretive Great Horned Owl.

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

Dec
25
Tue
Museum Closed for Christmas
Dec 25 all-day