EVENTS 2021

APRIL
Monday, April 26 – Full Pink Moon Hike
7:30PM-8:30PM

Co-Sponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt (FLPG) and South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo).  Join FLPG and SoFo on a leisurely-paced hike through open-field trails. The Pink Moon name comes from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.  Meet at the SoFo Museum parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton Turnpike, 200 yards north of the RR tracks. Hikes are limited to 25 participants, to register email:  greenbeltnews@aol.com.  Masks required.  Priority will be given to 2021 FLPG members.  Leader:  Jean Mc Dermott, 631-599-2391.

MAY
Saturday, May 8 – Hike to Little Long Pond
9:00 -10:30 a.m

Join Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt for a moderately-paced 3-mile hike.  Meet at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center, 1061 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike. Leader: Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.

 

Saturday, May 8 – Vineyard Field ‘Adopt a Patch’ Project Orientation
1:00 p.m

At Vineyard Field (behind the SOFO Museum) at 377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton. If you haven’t already joined the project and want to help the Vineyard Field Grassland Restoration, please call Dai Dayton at 631-745-0689 to join up now.

 

Monday, May 10 – Monthly FLPG board meeting
6:00 p.m

Normally board meetings are held at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center, but because of COVID-19 restrictions, monthly meetings are now held via Zoom. Please join us at

Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86572781361?pwd=UU1qME5OSjZPQ3lUeDRINFhaYXdRUT09

 

Saturday, May 15 – Old Farm Road Cleanup
8:00 – 9:00 a.m

Help clean up the roadside litter along FLPG’s adopted road. Meet at Poxabogue Park, 191 Old Farm Road, Sagaponack (near the train trestle.) Bring gloves. Bags provided. For more information, contact Peter Wilson, 631-553-1393.

 

Saturday, May 15 & Sunday, May 16 – Great East End Cleanup
Time & location TBA

Join FLPG and Southampton Town for our annual cleanup in the Long Pond Greenbelt. Bring gloves and tick repellent.  Bags and free dumping are supplied by the town. For more info contact Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.

 

Wednesday, May 26 – Full Flower Moon Hike
8:30-9:30 p.m

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt  South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO). Celebrate the  Full Moon with a leisurely-paced hike through open-field trails under the light of the moon. In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time; thus, the name of this moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.  Meet at the SOFO Museum parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton Turnpike, Bridgehampton. Hikes are limited to 25 participants. To register please email:  greenbeltnews@aol.com.  Masks are required.  Priority will be given to 2021 FLPG members.  Leader: Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.

June
Saturday, June 5 – Celebrate National Trails Day with a Hike and Lunch in the Long Pond Greenbelt
10:00 a.m.- noon

Meet at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center, 1061 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike. This moderately-paced 3.5-mile hike wanders through the Greenbelt’s lovely oak/hickory forest and offers views of many of the Greenbelt’s beautiful ponds. Leader: Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.

 

Monday, June 14 – Monthly FLPG board meeting
6:00 p.m

Normally board meetings are held at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center, but because of COVID-19 restrictions, monthly meetings are now held via Zoom. Please join us at

Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86572781361?pwd=UU1qME5OSjZPQ3lUeDRINFhaYXdRUT09

 

Saturday, June 19 – Old Farm Road Cleanup
8:00 – 9:00 a.m

Help clean up the roadside litter along FLPG’s adopted road. Meet at Poxabogue Park, 191 Old Farm Road, Sagaponack (near the train trestle.) Bring gloves. Bags provided. For more information, contact Peter Wilson, 631-553-1393..

 

Thursday, June 24 – Full Strawberry Moon Hike
8:30-9:30 p.m

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt (FLPG) and South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO).  Celebrate the Full Moon with a leisurely-paced hike through open-field trails. This moon’s name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. It was christened for the strawberry because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June. Meet at the SOFO Museum parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike. Hikes are limited to 25 participants. To register, email  greenbeltnews@aol.com.  Masks required. Priority will be given to 2021 FLPG members. Leader:Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.

July

JULY

Sunday, July 4 – LPG Grassland to Grassland Hike. 8AM-9:30AM.

Join us on a moderately-paced 2-mile hike to Vineyard Field with pond views. Meet at Poxabogue Park south of the railroad trestle on Old Farm Road in Bridgehampton. Leader: Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.

Monday, July 12 – Monthly meeting
6:00 PM

Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86572781361?pwd=UU1qME5OSjZPQ3lUeDRINFhaYXdRUT09

Saturday, July 17 – Old Farm Road Cleanup
8:00-9:00AM

Help clean up the roadside along FLPG’s adopted road. Meet at Poxabogue Park, 191 Old Farm Rd, Sagaponack. Bring gloves, bags provided. For more info contact Peter Wilson, 631-553-1393.

Friday, July 23 – Full Buck Moon Hike
8:30PM-9:30PM

Co-Sponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt (FLPG) and South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo).  Join FLPG and SoFo on a leisurely-paced hike through open-field trails. The July full moon is named the “Buck Moon” as it is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. Meet at the SoFo Museum parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton Turnpike, 200 yards north of the RR tracks. Hikes are limited to 25 participants, to register email:  greenbeltnews@aol.com.  Masks required.  Priority will be given to 2021 FLPG members.  Leader: Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.

Saturday, July 24 – Hike to the Truman Capote Stone
9:00AM-10:30AM

Meet at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center, 1061 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike for a moderately-paced 3-mile hike through oak/hickory forest with views of Crooked Pond and Deers Hole. Leader: Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.

August
Monday, Aug. 9 – Monthly meeting
6:00PM

Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86572781361?pwd=UU1qME5OSjZPQ3lUeDRINFhaYXdRUT09

Saturday, August 14 – LPG Grassland to Grassland Hike
8AM-9:30AM

Join Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt on a moderately-paced 2-mile hike through oak and pitch pine forest to the grasslands of Vineyard Field with 3 different pond views.  Meet at Poxabogue County Park, Old Farm Road. Sagaponack. Leader: Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.

Saturday, August 21 – Old Farm Road Cleanup
8:00-9:00AM

Help clean up the roadside along FLPG’s adopted road. Meet at Poxabogue Park, 191 Old Farm Rd, Sagaponack. Bring gloves, bags provided. For more info contact Peter Wilson, 631-553-1393.

Sunday, August 22 – Full Sturgeon Moon Hike
8:00PM-9:00PM

Co-Sponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt (FLPG) and South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo).  Join FLPG and SoFo on a leisurely-paced hike through open-field trails. The Native American fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this moon, since sturgeon were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. Meet at the SoFo Museum parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton Turnpike, 200 yards north of the RR tracks. Hikes are limited to 25 participants, to register email:  greenbeltnews@aol.com.  Masks required.  Priority will be given to 2021 FLPG members.  Leader:  Jean Mc Dermott, 631-599-2391.

September
Saturday, September 11 – Three Ponds Hike
9:00AM

Moderately-paced 3.5 mile hike with spectacular views of Long Pond, Little Long Pond, and Crooked Pond.  Meet at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center, 1061 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike. Leader:  Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.

Monday, September 13 – Monthly meeting
6:00PM

Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86572781361?pwd=UU1qME5OSjZPQ3lUeDRINFhaYXdRUT09

Saturday, September 18 – Old Farm Road Cleanup
8:00-9:00AM

Help clean up the roadside along FLPG’s adopted road. Meet at Poxabogue Park, 191 Old Farm Rd, Sagaponack. Bring gloves, bags provided. For more info contact Peter Wilson, 631-553-1393.

Sunday, September 19 – Sunday at 2:  Long Island’s Coastal Plain Ponds: A Unique Ecosystem of Fantastic Flora with Steve Young, NYS DEC.  2:00PM.  As the glaciers melted back 20,000 years ago large blocks of ice remained that eventually formed the coastal plain ponds we see today. Located mostly in groups on eastern Long Island, they support a unique assemblage of rare plants and animals found nowhere else in New York. They rely on fluctuating groundwater levels to maintain their unique ecology but face mounting threats from climate change, pollution, and neglect that have allowed invasive species to gain a foothold. The Long Pond Greenbelt is home to 13 coastal plain ponds.  The presentation will look at the history of the ponds and the fantastic flora that can be seen today. Steve is the chief botanist for the New York Natural Heritage Program, a program of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry but based in Albany. He has visited plant sites across the state since 1991 inventorying and studying its rare plants with a large portion of that time on Long Island where the most rare plants grow. He is an author of the online New York Rare Plant Conservation Guides and the New York Rare Plant Status Lists. He is also the founder of the Adirondack Botanical Society, past coordinator of the Long Island Invasive Species Management Area, and secretary of the New York Flora Association.  This will be a Zoom Event.  All Sundays at Two events are free and open to the public. Zoom link:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82350143059?pwd=a3NxblRnQ2ZxNHFVTTJxR3R2OVRJQT09

Monday, September 20 – Full Harvest Moon Hike
7:30PM-8:30PM

Co-Sponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt (FLPG) and South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo).  This full moon’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was to be harvested. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this moon. Join Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and SoFo on this one-hour, leisurely-paced hike through open-field trails. Meet at the SoFo Museum parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton Turnpike, 200 yards north of the RR tracks. Hikes are limited to 25 participants, to register email:  greenbeltnews@aol.com.  Masks required.  Priority will be given to 2021 FLPG members.  Leader: Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.

Adopt a Patch/I Love Vineyard Field Work Day

Saturday, September 25th

9:00am

 

We will be hosting another workday for those of you who have Adopted a Patch or those who would like to Adopt a Patch. We hope you can join us!

 

What is Adopt A Patch?

We are very excited to announce a new project for the Vineyard Field restoration. Member Greg Bellafiore has come up with a fantastic idea of how to finally eradicate the remaining invasive autumn olive shrubs, and we’re calling it ‘Adopt a Patch’! Each volunteer will be allotted a section of the field (their “patch”) where they will cut back any new sprouts at least once a month during the growing season. We have learned after years of mowing trails that repetitive cutting eradicates this noxious plant, and thanks to the Bridgehampton Association we have a grant to purchase the tools for this project.

Meet at the South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton. 

Please bring gloves and dress against ticks. 

All Ages and Skills are Welcome! 

For more information or to confirm attendance, contact 

Dai Dayton at 631-745-0689.

OCTOBER
Saturday, October 2 – Tree ID Trail Hike
10AM-Noon

Join Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt for an easy-paced 3-mile hike along the William B. Sickles Tree ID Trail with views of Crooked Pond, Deer Drink, and Long Pond.  Certified Arborist Jackson Dodds will lead the hike and review identification techniques of common native trees along the trail.  Meet at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center.  For more information call 631-745-0689.

Saturday, October 9 – Celebration of the Long Pond Greenbelt
10AM-1PM

Details to follow.

Monday, October 11 – Monthly Meeting
6PM

Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86572781361?pwd=UU1qME5OSjZPQ3lUeDRINFhaYXdRUT09

Saturday, October 16 – Old Farm Road Cleanup
8:00-9:00AM

Help clean up the roadside along FLPG’s adopted road. Meet at Poxabogue Park, 191 Old Farm Rd, Sagaponack. Bring gloves, bags provided. For more info contact Peter Wilson, 631-553-1393.

Sunday, October 17, 2:00PM 
Meet the Martins – Purple Martin Life Cycle, Eggs, and Hatched Chicks  with John Shemilt, SOFO Purple Martin Steward 

John Shemilt of the South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) has been fascinated by Purple Martins since he was a young child. John will share his experience monitoring the colony of man-made gourds that house SOFO’s population of Purple Martins and will review their life cycle.

This event will be both in person at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center (limited seating – RSVP today) and via Zoom.
If you would like to attend the presentation live at the Nature Center, please RSVP by emailing:  greenbeltnews@aol.com (seating limited, RSVP today!)
To attend by Zoom please RSVP by clicking the link below:
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the meeting. The Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center is located at 1061 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton. 
All Sunday at Two events are free and open to the public.

 

Wednesday, October 20 – Full Hunter’s Moon Hike
6:30PM-7:30PM

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo).  Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally harvested in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to eat the fallen grains. Join us for this leisurely paced one-hour hike in Vineyard Field, the field behind the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo).  Meet at the SoFo Museum parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton Turnpike, 200 yards north of the RR tracks. Hikes are limited to 25 participants, to register email:  greenbeltnews@aol.com.  Masks required.  Priority will be given to 2021 FLPG members.  Leader:  Jean Mc Dermott, 631-599-2391.

NOVEMBER
Monday, November 8 – Monthly meeting
6:00PM

Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86572781361?pwd=UU1qME5OSjZPQ3lUeDRINFhaYXdRUT09

Friday, November 19 – Full Frost Moon Hike
5:30PM-6:30PM

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt & the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo).  The Frost Moon is also known as the Full Beaver Moon.  For Native Americans this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.  Join us for this leisurely paced one-hour hike in Vineyard Field, the field behind the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo).  Meet at the SoFo Museum parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton Turnpike, 200 yards north of the RR tracks. Hikes are limited to 25 participants, to register email:  greenbeltnews@aol.com.  Masks required.  Priority will be given to 2021 FLPG members.  Leader:  Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.

Saturday, November 20 – Old Farm Road Cleanup
8:00-9:00AM

Help clean up the roadside along FLPG’s adopted road. Meet at Poxabogue Park, 191 Old Farm Rd, Sagaponack. Bring gloves, bags provided. For more info contact Peter Wilson, 631-553-1393.

Friday, November 26 – Annual Walk It Off Walk
10AM-Noon

Meet at the end of Round Pond Lane in Sag Harbor for a moderately fast-paced hike to shed that Thanksgiving stuffing. Amazing views of Round Pond, Long Pond, and Little Long Pond! Leader: Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.

Looking Ahead

DECEMBER
Saturday, December 11 – Long Pond Greenbelt Grassland to Grassland Hike
10AM-11:30AM

Join Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt on a moderately-paced 1 ½ mile hike from Poxabogue County Park to Vineyard Field.  Meet at Poxabogue Park, Old Farm Road, Sagaponack. Leader: Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.

Monday, December 13 – Monthly meeting
6:00PM

Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86572781361?pwd=UU1qME5OSjZPQ3lUeDRINFhaYXdRUT09

Saturday, December 18 – Old Farm Road Cleanup
8:00-9:00AM

Help clean up the roadside along FLPG’s adopted road. Meet at Poxabogue Park, 191 Old Farm Rd, Sagaponack. Bring gloves, bags provided. For more info contact Peter Wilson, 631-553-1393.

Saturday, December 18 – Full Cold Moon Hike
5:30PM-6:30PM

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt & the 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).  Meet at the SoFo Museum parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton Turnpike, 200 yards north of the RR tracks. Hikes are limited to 25 participants, to register email:greenbeltnews@aol.com.  Masks required.  Priority will be given to 2021 FLPG members.  Leader:  Jean Mc Dermott, 631-599-2391.