Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Prowling for Owls

There are many people who have never seen an owl. Here’s your chance to perhaps hear or even see some of these nocturnal feathered fowl. Join the North Fork Audubon Society’s Tom Damiani at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue as he enlightens us on owl habits, physiology, and lore, after which we will head into the woods searching for resident great horned and screech owls. (bring a flashlight and wear hiking style footwear or sneakers)*

This program is suitable for ages 8 and up. To register for this program please call or text Tom Damiani at 631 275-3202 or email him at tdamiani3@optimum.net.

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Oct
26
10:00 AM10:00

River Otter Site Survey and Monitoring Workshop (Southold)

Through a grant administered by the Town of Southold’s “Bay to Sound Project”, the Group for the East End is hosting two River Otter Survey & Monitoring Workshops led by Mike Bottini. Join us for a fun and informative morning learning how to identify river otter sign and where to look for it. We’ll meet at the Group’s office at 54895 Main Road (Rte. 25) in Southold for a short indoor presentation and then head out into the field to visit several otter sites.

To register or inquire about additional information, please contact Mike Bottini at mike@peconic.org.

*Funding provided by the New York Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund

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Oct
26
1:00 PM13:00

Invasive Species In Our Local Marine Environment

Join Atlantic Marine Conservation Society and Group for the East End to learn about invasive species that have made their home in New York waters. We will discuss what an invasive species is, how they invade our waters, and introduce a few invasive species we see locally.

We will also discuss how invasive species have further impacted our marine life and New York’s economic connection to our waters, and how we can directly help make a difference in the environment.

A beach cleanup will follow the lecture.

Learn more and signup by emailing education@amseas.org.

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Oct
27
11:00 AM11:00

7th Annual Family Nature Scavenger Hunt at Downs Farm Preserve (Cutchogue)

Join Group for the East End, as we present our 7th annual family nature scavenger hunt throughout the trails of Downs Farm Preserve. Keep your eye out for hidden prizes along the way! Registration is strongly encouraged.

For more information or to register for this event, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Nov
23
11:00 AM11:00

Identifying Trees Without Leaves (Cutchogue)

Identifying trees in late November, when most leaves have dropped, can be a bit of a challenge. Join us on a short nature walk through the Downs Farm Preserve as we look for clues to the identities of these “trees without leaves”. Families are most welcome to join us for this fun educational walk.

For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Dec
7
10:00 AM10:00

River Otter Site Survey and Monitoring Workshop (Southold)

Through a grant administered by the Town of Southold’s “Bay to Sound Project”, the Group for the East End is hosting two River Otter Survey & Monitoring Workshops led by Mike Bottini. Join us for a fun and informative morning learning how to identify river otter sign and where to look for it. We’ll meet at the Group’s office at 54895 Main Road (Rte. 25) in Southold for a short indoor presentation and then head out into the field to visit several otter sites. To register or inquire about additional information, please contact Mike Bottini at mike@peconic.org.

*Funding provided by the New York Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund

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Dec
8
10:30 AM10:30

Winter Wildlife on Barrier Island (Hampton Bays)

During this wildlife search along Dune Road in Hampton Bays, we should see distant gannets, lounging Harbor Seals, various gulls, many different ducks, a handful of shorebirds, and perhaps a few birds of prey. Please bring binoculars. We meet on the west side of Shinnecock Inlet.

For reservations or more information, including location info, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

Nature Watercolor Paintings at Downs Farm Preserve (Cutchogue)

Join Group for the East End and local artist, Melissa Hyatt, as we paint North fork birds at Downs Farm Preserve. In this class, we will paint some of the shore birds of the East End; herons, piping plovers, terns, and sandpipers – there are so many to choose from! Please feel free to bring a favorite photo or reference of a local bird you want to paint. Melissa will share a few of her special watercolor painting techniques and take you step by step through the process. She will also demo her painting techniques for you as well.

You will learn how to draw the bird, mix the paints, play with wet on wet techniques and wet on dry. We will experiment with layering the paint to create the piece and add details. You will experience the magic world of watercolor. 

All watercolor workshop materials included. Create a 5” x 7" painting of your own to take home and frame. 

Registration required, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org

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Oct
19
10:30 AM10:30

Identifying Trees at Hallock State Park Preserve (Riverhead)

An interesting collection of understory and canopy trees can be found at Hallock State Park. Join us on a short nature walk through the Preserve’s trail system as we look at the leaves and bark in order to figure out the identities of these trees. Families are most welcome to join us for this fun educational walk.

For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Full Hunter's Moon Walk (Cutchogue)

There’s nothing like a walk in the woods beneath the full moon.  Algonquin tribes in eastern North America knew October’s moon to be the “Hunter’s Moon” because it referred to the season when game was fattened and signaled the time to go hunting.  Throughout this guided one-mile walk at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue, you’ll discover the sights and sounds of the preserve beneath the bright moonlight. You may have the opportunity to even see or hear an owl! Flashlight or headlamp suggested. Family friendly. Space is limited so register today.

Registration required, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org

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Oct
13
8:00 AM08:00

Bay to Sound Trail Cleanup (Southold)

Take pride in your town by joining us for trail cleanups this fall in one of the many preserves that make up the Bay to Sound Trail System. We will meet in the parking lot across from The Soundview Hotel/The Halyard restaurant. Activities include:  trail clearing, raking/spreading wood chips, and garbage removal from legacy dumping. Gloves, bags and necessary equipment will be provided, as well as water and snacks. Perfect feel good activity for the soul or if you have community volunteer service requirements.

For more information, please contact Aaron at 631-765-6450 x218 or acvirgin@eastendenvironment.org.

*Funding provided by the New York Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund

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Oct
12
10:00 AM10:00

Searching for Wildlife and Their Tracks (Orient)

As we wander through Orient Beach State Park, we will be looking for animals of all sizes, and the evidence they leave behind. Footprints, nests, burrows, scrapings and similar animal signs will be our targets during this instructional nature walk. This is a family-friendly exploration. For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Oct
5
1:00 PM13:00

Bay to Sound Trail Cleanup (Greenport)

Take pride in your town by joining us for trail cleanups this fall in one of the many preserves that make up the Bay to Sound Trail System. This first cleanup will take place in the Arshamomaque Preserve; we will meet in the parking lot across from The Halyard/Soundview Hotel in Greenport. Activities include: trail clearing, raking/spreading wood chips, and garbage removal from legacy dumping. Gloves, bags and necessary equipment will be provided, as well as water and snacks. Perfect feel good activity for the soul or if you have community volunteer service requirements.

For more information, please contact Aaron at 631-765-6450 x218 or acvirgin@eastendenvironment.org.

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Sep
29
10:30 AM10:30

A Stroll on the Sound (Hallock State Park)

On this nature walk we will visit diverse habitats in Hallock State Park, from woodlands to freshwater ponds to the rocky shore of Long Island Sound. We’ll keep an eye out for wildlife large and small, learn about some of the plants of the preserve, and check for shells along the beach. Families are most welcome to join us for this entertaining and informative stroll.

For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Sep
28
1:30 PM13:30

Migrating Monarchs and Merlins (Hampton Bays)

Join us for a wildlife search along Dune Road west of the Shinnecock Inlet. The trip is timed to coincide with low tide, which should enhance our chances to see diverse shorebirds and wading birds. If winds are blowing from the northwest, migrating swallows, hawks, dragonflies, and butterflies will compete for our attention. Please bring binoculars.

For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

NOFO Living the Sustainable Way (New Suffolk)

Case’s Place, New Suffolk

Every choice we make has implications on the local environment. Head over to Case’s Place to learn about making sustainable choices while living on the North Fork. We will discuss a sampling of local restaurants and activities that have been created with an eco-friendly vision. We will provide tips ranging from how to make simple changes in daily life to celebrating the holidays the “greener” way. We will conclude with a workshop on making your own chemical-free household cleaner! Free event.

For reservations or more information, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Sep
21
9:00 AM09:00

Tropical Fish of Shinnecock Bay (Hampton Bays)

Last September we found a great variety of tropical fishes in Shinnecock Bay. We’re planning on a repeat performance this year! Join us on this adventure – timed during low tide -- as we wade with seines and dip nets in search of these southern visitors. Please wear water shoes! There will be opportunities to view the creatures closely in a temporary aquarium; all animals are released at the end of the program. Limited to 15 participants; reservations are required. Program fee $10 per person ($25 per family).

For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Sep
21
9:00 AM09:00

International Coastal Cleanup Day 2019

Show your love for our beaches by participating in the world’s largest volunteer effort to create trash-free seas. Group for the East End is teaming up with the Mattituck Park District for International Coastal Cleanup Day at Breakwater Beach in Mattituck!

Today, plastic has been found in 62% of all sea birds and in 100% of sea turtle species. If you would like to lend a helping hand, please contact Christine Tylee at 631-765-6450 x 208 or ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

Bags and gloves are provided. We will meet in the parking lot at the end of Breakwater Road.

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Sep
15
3:00 PM15:00

Harvesting Honey – From Hive to Jar (Cutchogue)

Downs Farm Preserve, Cutchogue

 Master beekeeper, Chris Kelly, and owner of North Fork Promised Land Apiaries, a sustainably managed beekeeping operation in Mattituck, has been keeping bees for 49 years!  During this exciting and interactive program, you will learn how honey is made, how the bees use it, and why we can take some honey from the bees.  Participants will have the special opportunity to uncap honeycomb and spin the liquid gold out. A $5 material fee is requested. 

Registration required, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org

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Sep
14
8:00 AM08:00

Great Pond Habitat Restoration Project (Southold)

Saturday, September 14 (8 to 11 a.m.)
We are looking for volunteers to assist in the Great Pond Habitat Restoration Project. One of the few freshwater ponds on the North Fork, Great Pond has become inundated with invasive Common Reed (Phragmites australis) and has resulted in diminished natural habitat for wildlife and native plants. Join the Group, Kenney’s/McCabe’s Beach Civic Association, and other volunteers to help restore Great Pond to its former glory! Opportunities to work in a group or individually on your own time. Participants are recommended to wear water shoes and have the ability to work in rugged environmental conditions.

For more information about the project and to learn about the meeting place, please contact Aaron Virgin at acvirgin@eastendenvironment.org or 631-765-6450 x218.

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Sep
13
7:30 PM19:30

Full Corn Moon Walk (Cutchogue)

Downs Farm Preserve, Cutchogue

Join us for one of our favorite full moon walks, celebrating the harvest moon.  This month’s full moon is also known as the “Full Corn Moon” and received its name from the Algonquin tribes in eastern North America who knew it as the time when corn was harvested. Throughout this guided one mile walk, you will discover the sights and sounds of the preserve beneath the moonlight. You may have the opportunity to even see or hear an owl! Flashlight or headlamp suggested.

Space is limited so register today. Registration required, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Sep
8
8:00 AM08:00

Great Pond Habitat Restoration Project (Southold)

We are looking for volunteers to assist in the Great Pond Habitat Restoration Project. One of the few freshwater ponds on the North Fork, Great Pond has become inundated with invasive Common Reed (Phragmites australis) and has resulted in diminished natural habitat for wildlife and native plants. Join the Group, Kenney’s/McCabe’s Beach Civic Association, and other volunteers to help restore Great Pond to its former glory! Opportunities to work in a group or individually on your own time. Participants are recommended to wear water shoes and have the ability to work in rugged environmental conditions.

For more information about the project and to learn about the meeting place, please contact Aaron Virgin at acvirgin@eastendenvironment.org or 631-765-6450 x218.

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Sep
7
10:00 AM10:00

In Search of Crabs, Fish, Mollusks, and More: Estuary Wade Part II (Orient)

Whether or not you missed the August wade at Orient State Park, please join us for this late summer search for small creatures of the estuary! We will closely observe each of the animals we catch, before gently releasing them back to their aquatic homes. Families are encouraged to come along for this fun and educational event. Participants are recommended to wear water shoes while wading. For reservations or more information, please contact Anita Wright at acwright@eastendenvironment.org.

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Sep
4
6:30 PM18:30

Be a Good Egg (Cutchogue)

Cutchogue New Suffolk Library, Cutchogue (Ages 10+)

Have you ever wondered why a portion of the beach is fenced off in the spring and summer?  Who those birds are that dive-bomb you? Why certain shorebird species are threatened and endangered?  Or what you can do to help them?  Group for the East End and Audubon New York encourage beachgoers to adopt bird-friendly habits when visiting our local beaches.  Join us to find out how you can take the pledge to “Be A Good Egg” and share the shore with nesting birds.  An update will be given on the Town of Southold’s 2019 shorebird population. 

To register, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
30
8:00 PM20:00

Living with Nature Part 2: Dark Skies (Cutchogue)

The East End of Long Island is beautiful during the day, but there are even more hidden gems after sunset! Come to the Downs Farm Visitor Center to learn about light pollution, nocturnal animals, and how to set up “dark sky” lighting for your home. These lighting techniques will prevent you from disrupting nocturnal animals who live nearby and dramatically decrease your personal contribution to light pollution. After the short information session, we will venture outdoors to go stargazing and hopefully hear some owls or even see an opossum! Free event. For reservations or more information, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
29
6:30 PM18:30

What's S.U.P. (Single Use Plastics)? (Cutchogue)

Join Group for the East End at the Downs Farm Nature Center as we discuss single use plastics: what they are, their environmental impact, and alternatives to using them. You’ll walk away with the power and knowledge to make these changes in your daily life. For reservations or more information, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
27
5:00 PM17:00

Meetup to Cleanup (Southold)

One Love Beach and Group for the East End are teaming up to cleanup the Goldsmith Inlet and neighboring beaches. We will paddle around the inlet collecting trash in order to keep this place the beautiful waterway we all love!

We ask you to bring your own paddleboard/kayak and required safety gear as well as a bucket to collect trash in. Don’t own a kayak or paddleboard? No problem. Join us and clean the beach by foot!

Trash hooks to mount on your paddles, bags, gloves, and light refreshments will be provided.

To register, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org. Rain cancels.

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Aug
25
2:30 PM14:30

Forest Therapy Walk at Downs Farm Preserve (Cutchogue)

Certified forest therapy guide and life coach, Linda Lombardo, leads an immersive walk at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue. These walks are specifically designed to open the senses, slow us down and help us reconnect with nature in a way that refreshes, restores and renews; walking with nature, rather than through her. A maximum of 18 participants, ages 16 and over, may attend. A $5 materials fee is requested.

Registration required. For reservations or more information, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Breakwater Beach Cleanup (Mattituck)

Please help Audubon New York and Group for the East End clean up Breakwater Beach in Mattituck. Gloves and trash bags will be provided and the first 50 volunteers will receive a free t-shirt! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make a difference while enjoying a beautiful morning on the shore of the Long Island Sound! Please RSVP by emailing NYcoast@audubon.org or calling (516) 801-1151.

This event is made possible with support from The Robins Island Foundation.

Additional questions? Contact Christine at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

Tropical Fish of Shinnecock Bay (Hampton Bays)

In the late summer a great variety of tropical fishes can be found in Shinnecock Bay. Last year we encountered Striped Burrfish, Spotfin Butterflyfish, Trunkfish, Band-Tailed Puffer, and Permit, just to mention a few of our exciting discoveries. Join us on this adventure – timed during low tide -- as we wade with seines and dip nets in search of these southern visitors. Please wear water shoes! There will be opportunities to view the creatures closely in a temporary aquarium; all animals are released at the end of the program. Limited to 15 participants; reservations are required. Program fee $10 per person ($25 per family).

For reservations or more information, please contact Steve Biasetti at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
20
6:30 PM18:30

NOFO Living the Sustainable Way (Cutchogue)

Every choice we make has implications on the local environment. Head over to the Downs Farm Nature Center to learn about making sustainable choices while living on the North Fork. We will discuss a sampling of local restaurants and activities that have been created with an eco-friendly vision. You will learn how to choose ocean-safe sunscreen, ending with a workshop on making your own chemical-free household cleaner! Free event. For reservations or more information, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
18
11:00 AM11:00

Walk n' Rosé Beach Cleanup

Join us as we clean the coastline of Long Beach in Sag Harbor with Jacques Azoulay and Nicole Miller to ensure it remains a safe place to swim and fish, as well as protect the habitat for our native wildlife. Afterwards, we will meet at the Sag Harbor restaurant, Le Bilboquet, for a glass of Nicole Miller Rosé. For registration or more information, please contact Aaron Virgin at 631-377-1303 or acvirgin@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
15
8:30 PM20:30

Full Sturgeon Moon Hike at Downs Farm Preserve (Cutchogue)

According to “The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” August’s full moon is also called the “Sturgeon Moon” and received its name from the Algonquin tribes in eastern North America who knew it as the time when this large fish was abundant. Throughout this guided one mile walk, you’ll discover the sights and sounds of the preserve beneath the moonlight. You may have the opportunity to even see or hear an owl! Flashlight or headlamp suggested. Space is limited so register today.

Registration required. For reservations or more information, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
11
2:00 PM14:00

Nature Watercolor Paintings at Downs Farm Preserve (Cutchogue)

Join Group For The East End for this great program at Downs Farm Nature Center. Explore your creative side with local environmental artist and educator, Tony Valderrama of “The Artist’s Nest”, for an adventure in nature watercolor painting. Learn these different techniques all while celebrating our wildlife! No experience needed. For reservations or more information, please contact Christine Tylee at ctylee@eastendenvironment.org.

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Aug
11
1:00 PM13:00

Habitat Restoration Planning (Hallock State Park Preserve)

Be part of the habitat restoration planning process for Hallock State Park Preserve. Group for the East End will be hosting this presentation and discussion on the development of the habitat restoration and preservation plan for the Preserve. Funded by a grant from the Long Island Sound Study, the plan will help focus limited resources on the most effective ways to control invasive species and restore natural ecosystems in the preserve’s unique habitats. For more information, please contact Aaron Virgin at 631-377-1303 or acvirgin@eastendenvironment.org.

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