Calendar

Feb
21
Thu
Birds of Vineyard Field—Nature Walk with Xylia
Feb 21 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Winter School Recess Programs at the South Fork Natural History Museum

with SOFO Museum Environmental Educators

* For Children of All Ages *

February 21 Thursday: Birds of Vineyard Field—Nature Walk with Xylia

February 22 Friday: Tracks and Scat—Nature Exploration with Taylor

Feb
22
Fri
Tracks and Scat—Nature Exploration with Taylor
Feb 22 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Winter School Recess Programs at the South Fork Natural History Museum

with SOFO Museum Environmental Educators

* For Children of All Ages *

February 22 Friday: Tracks and Scat—Nature Exploration with Taylor

Feb
23
Sat
Birding with Frank: Winter Sea Ducks: Adults/Teens
Feb 23 @ 9:00 am

Black Scoters in Surf

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

Thousands of scoters, loons, eiders, and many other arctic avians come to our inshore waters off Montauk Point each winter to feed on the vegetation and invertebrates that live on the ocean floor. Here, we will scan the ocean surface with our scopes and try to identify these arctic visitors as they dive for food and frolic in the surf. Bring binoculars and/or a scope and a field guide to birds of the eastern United States, if you have them. This program is for adults and teens; however children ages 10 and older may attend.

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

Rotting Log Wildlife: Children ages 9+
*New STEAM based programming
Feb 23 @ 10:30 am

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

Our tiny friends from the summer months seem to disappear when the winter comes. Ever wondered where the spiders, slugs, and centipedes sleep when the snowfall covers the ground? Join Miles to learn more about a favorite hibernation hideaway of countless chilly creatures, as we explore the biodiversity of the wriggly winter wonderland in our backyards.

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

Eastern Tiger Salamander Search with Andy: Family/Children age 6 and older
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm

Walk Leader: Andy Sabin, President, South Fork Natural History Museum Board of Directors

Herpetologist Andy Sabin will take us into the nighttime woods in search of the largest of our native salamanders, the endangered Eastern Tiger Salamander. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to see this salamander as it makes its way to the pond to mate and to lay its eggs. Please bring a flashlight and wear boots, as late winter rains will make the ground soggy. This walk will take place only if there have been heavy rains.

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

Mar
2
Sat
Migration Headache—The Dangers Birds Face—Could You Survive the Journey? Children ages 6-8
*New STEAM based Programming
Mar 2 @ 10:30 am

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

Birds that migrate don’t travel all at once. Many migrating water birds—including ducks, geese, and herons—require more than one wetland habitat for nesting, resting, and wintering. The loss of even one of these habitats makes the journey that much harder for them. If you were a migrating water bird, do you think you would survive? Find out in this interactive migration survival game.

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

Blue-spotted Salamander Search with Andy: Family/Children ages 6 and older
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm

Photo Credit: Greg Schechter

Walk Leader: Andy Sabin, President, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Board of Directors

Montauk’s vernal ponds are some of the few places in the world where the Blue-spotted Salamander, in its purebred form, can be found. Join Andy on this nighttime expedition as we search for this unique native species. Please bring a flashlight and wear boots, as late winter rains will make the ground soggy. This walk will take place only if there have been heavy rains.

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

Mar
6
Wed
Museum Closed for Maintenance Day
Mar 6 all-day
Mar
9
Sat
SOFO Cleans the Beach: All Ages – Free Event
Mar 9 @ 8:00 am

Program Leaders: South Fork Natural History Museum 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 healthy, natural environment of the South Fork. This is clearly a part of the mission of the museum itself, which is to stimulate interest in, advance knowledge of, and foster appreciation for the natural environment. The SOFO staff has decided that—to uphold this important mission—we need to take direct action to help keep Long Island habitats pollution-free. That’s why we are doing our “SOFO Cleans the Beach” program. We hope you will join us to pick up as much trash as possible.  We will tally what type of trash we find 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 beaches—and we can knowledgeably advocate avoiding those materials in the future. We’re excited to continue this program and hope you will join us in reaching our goal of keeping our hometown beaches pollution-free!

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 Walk: Adults/Children age 8+
Mar 9 @ 2:30 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 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.