Calendar

Jun
24
Sat
Birding with Frank—Woodland Species: Adults/Teens
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am

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

In June, our woodlands are home to dozens of birds that only flourish in heavily treed areas. These birds include the American Redstart, Black-and-White Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, and Ovenbird. Searching for these birds, or any others, in the dense, deciduous forest can be a challenge, but if you are familiar with their songs and calls, identification will be much easier. Join Frank on this walk to learn how bird sound can be your biggest ally and which tools you can acquire to help you enhance your birding skills. Bring your binoculars, a scope, and a field guide to birds of eastern North America, if you have one.

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

Photo Credit: Stephen Ramirez

Nature Paddle at Northwest Creek with Mike: Family
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Paddle Leader: Mike Bottini, naturalist and author

June is nesting time for our native turtles, including our saltwater turtle that has adapted to living in the lower salinity waters of the estuary: the Diamondback Terrapin. We will paddle the shoreline of Northwest Creek in search of these handsome turtles, look for evidence of their nests on shore, and discuss current conservation efforts to protect this species. We will also look for signs of the River Otters that moved into the creek in 2015. Kayak, canoe, and SUP rentals available: $40 single kayak; $60 tandem kayaks and canoes; $50 paddleboard (SUP). Lifejackets are included.

Call SoFo for reservations. To rent boats or paddleboards, contact Mike Bottini at (631) 267-5228 or mike@mikebottini.com

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

Book Club—New Members Welcome! Biomimicry—Innovation Inspired by Nature: Adults
Jun 24 @ 10:30 am

Club Leader: Lisa Kiss

We welcome new members to SoFo’s once-a-month discussion group featuring books about nature, science, and environmental issues. Join us for coffee, tea, pastries, and stimulating conversation. Club member’s book suggestions are always welcome.

This month we’ll be discussing Biomimicry──Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine Benyus. In a 1997 review of the book, appearing in The New York Times ON THE WEB, Dorion Sagan writes, “Benyus shows once and for all the utter technological superiority of would-be ‘’lower’’ life-forms: the underwater superglue made by mussels; a spider’s dragline silk that, ounce for ounce, is five times as strong as steel and five times as impact-resistant as bulletproof Kevlar; and bears and chimpanzees that collect medicinal herbs. Imagine an undiscovered planet in our solar system consisting of intensely advanced life-forms that had perfected waste management, parallel shape-based molecular computing and the processing of nanotechnological materials billions of years ago. That planet is our own. Benyus has had the wit to recognize nature’s own genius and make scientists’ attempts to copy it the theme of a popular book.” You can search for Sagan’s complete review by its title, You Can’t Beat Mother Nature, at www.nytimes.com.

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

Family Salt Marsh Exploration at Munn Point
Jun 24 @ 2:00 pm

Walk Leader: Crystal Oakes, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature Educator

A salt marsh is where fresh water from the land meets the salt water of the ocean. Because two very different habitats meet at the salt marsh, it is a very rich, though difficult, habitat to live in. Join Crystal to watch the creatures of the salt marsh: herons, egrets, and Osprey searching for food, found in various crabs and fish living in the tidal creek. We’ll search for shells and other treasures on the beach and, with a two-person seine net, pull up secrets from the water. Binoculars, magnifiers, and sample jars will help us appreciate the wonderful salt marsh life we bring up in our seining net before we return what we’ve studied to the water. This is a great opportunity to learn the fascinating ways the animals and plants of the salt marsh survive the extreme temperature changes and the differences of high and low tide and how they are able to live in variable salinities. Please dress to get wet!

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

Photo Credit: Crystal Oakes

Citizen Scientist by Mary Ellen Hannibal—Author Reading & Reception: Adults and Teens
Jun 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

“Citizen science might just be our last, best chance to fight extinction. But is there really hope for threatened species? Mary Ellen Hannibal needed to find out. Hannibal, an award-winning writer and emerging emissary from scientists to the public, sets out to become a citizen scientist herself. In search of vanishing species, she wades into tide pools, follows hawks, and scours mountains. The data she collects will help environmental research—but her most precious discovery might be her fellow citizen scientists: a heroic cast of volunteers devoting long hours to helping scientists measure—and even slow—today’s unprecedented mass extinction … Combining research and [a] memoir [of growing up in East Hampton] in impassioned prose, Citizen Scientist is a literary event, a blueprint for action, and the story of how one woman rescues herself from an odyssey of loss—with a new kind of science.” —Workman Publishing

Join us on Saturday, June 24 from 3 to 4:30 pm at the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo), 377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Tpk., Bridgehampton, NY when Ms. Hannibal will read excerpts from Citizen Scientist followed by a Q & A. A reception for the author will follow the reading; light refreshments will be served.

This program is cosponsored by the Peconic Land Trust.

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

Observing Ospreys—A Watch & A Walk: Adults/Children Age 10+
Jun 24 @ 6:30 pm

Walk Leader: Ashley Oliver, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature Educator

The Osprey is one of approximately two dozen birds of prey (raptors) on the South Fork. Starting in the 1960’s, the Osprey populations dramatically declined with an increase of pesticide accumulation in the environment. Luckily, the Osprey has a great comeback story! Closely watched populations of young osprey on Shelter Island and Gardiners Island have doubled within the last two years. Join Ashley on a walk to observe Osprey families and learn the story of their rebounding population. Please bring binoculars if you have them.

Jun
25
Sun
Create Your Own Special Beach Story & A Memory Jar To Go With It: Family/Children Ages 3-5
Jun 25 @ 10:30 am

Program Leader: Eleni Nikolopoulos, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature Educator

This edition of Eleni’s “SoFo Stories” will take place at the beach! We’ll head out to one of our favorite beaches and create a story about some of the interesting animals that live there. Then we‘ll create a beach memory jar to go with our story, made of natural materials that we find on the seashore, and we’ll learn about how the materials we found ended up there! Join us for some beach fun and learning too! Material fee: $3

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

Shifting Sands—How Tides & Waves Change Our Shores: Adults
Jun 25 @ 6:00 pm

Walk Leader: Melanie Meade, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature Educator

Long Island’s beaches are constantly undergoing change—storms shift large amounts of sand in a short time, seasonal tides and wind waves erode and deposit sediments, and daily tides and winds create patterns in the sediments along the shore. Take a walk along a bay beach bluff to observe these coastal processes by noticing the story told in the geologic features of the bluff face and the beach below.

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

Photo Credit: Jonathan Wilkins

Jul
7
Fri
Museum Closed in Preparation for our Annual Summer Gala
Jul 7 all-day
Jul
8
Sat
Museum Closed in Preparation for our Annual Summer Gala
Jul 8 all-day