Seal Walks, Night Sky Event
The South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton will hold monthly astronomy nights in collaboration with the Montauk Observatory starting Friday at 6.
The observatory’s astronomers will provide guided tours of the stars and answer all celestial questions. Light refreshments will be served. The event is subject to cancellation due to rain, snow, or overcast skies.
An all-ages Napeague beach cleanup will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday. The South Fork Natural History Museum is the host, and receptacles will be provided. Those wishing to participate have been asked to meet at Atlantic Avenue Beach. Registration has been requested by calling the museum in Bridgehampton, which holds a one-hour cleanup at a different beach every month. Types of trash are tallied and weighed, allowing an assessment of what has been washing ashore.
Also on Napeague on Saturday, at 10 a.m. the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society will have an oceanfront nature trail hike through an area once covered by water that now has a low, flat profile studded with pitch pines, American holly, and shadbush. After walking the trail past relic dunes to the north, hikers will take a spur to taller oceanfront dunes to the south and explore the ocean beach. Hikers have been asked to meet in the small parking area at Napeague State Park, and to wear warm, windproof clothing. Laurie DeVito can be called at 631-813-6988 for more information.
Seals and Seabirds
Hikers this week will have three opportunities to join organized walks. A bird walk sponsored by the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society begins on Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Montauk Point Lighthouse parking lot. Eileen Schwinn, the leader, will take participants to the Point, Camp Hero, Lake Montauk, Ditch Plain, Deep Hollow Ranch, and the Teddy Roosevelt campground.
On Saturday at 11 a.m. and again on Sunday at noon, a Montauk State Park naturalist will lead a three-mile hike to see seals and shorebirds on Saturday. Hikers will set out from the Montauk Point State Park office in the lower parking lot, near the playground. Binoculars and warm clothing have been suggested. The cost is $4 per person. There is no charge for children under 3.
Looking ahead, the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center will train volunteers in the safe handling of wildlife in distress at the East Hampton Library on Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. People are needed to be on call for moving injured, orphaned, or sick animals to where they can receive treatment. Registration is with the wildlife center at 631-728-9443.