Outdoors: Salamanders and Wildlife Rescue

An eastern spotted salamander, as encountered on a South Fork Natural History Museum outing Richard Lewin

The South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton is heading out into the wild to do some species spotting. Tomorrow night at 7, Joe Giunta, a birding instructor for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, will lead participants on an owl prowl. The evening starts off indoors with a slide show and an audio presentation of various owl calls and then ventures into the woods as Mr. Giunta attempts to call the nocturnal birds into viewing range. The museum says odds are good for spotting an eastern screech owl and possibly a great horned owl. Binoculars have been recommended.

Andy Sabin, a herpetologist and the president of SoFo’s board, will lead a group into the woods on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. to look for endangered eastern tiger salamanders as they prepare to mate. SoFo has suggested boots for this excursion, which is subject to cancellation if it rains heavily.

Mr. Sabin will lead additional nighttime walks seeking other South Fork salamander species. These are, on March 3 and 10, for the blue-spotted, and on March 17 for the spotted.

The nonmember fee for most museum events is $15 for adults, $10 for children 3 to 12 years old. Participants have been encouraged to carry flashlights. Advance reservations are required by calling the museum or emailing sofo@hamptons.com.


Rescuers Sought
The East Hampton Library and the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center will hold a free training program for adults interested in learning how to safely handle distressed wildlife. Volunteers will be trained in proper techniques for capturing and transporting animals in need of care, and will be advised on where to take them when necessary.

The program runs from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday. Registration is with the Wildlife Rescue Center at 631-728-WILD.


Sportsmen's' Meeting
The East Hampton Sportsmen’s Alliance will hold its monthly meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Amagansett Library. The nonprofit organization promotes hunting and fishing, and seeks to protect the public’s right to use town and state property.


Saturday Hikes
Hikers have two opportunities to join organized walks in Montauk on Saturday. The East Hampton Trails Preservation Society will lead a three-to-four-mile loop to the Lost Boulder at 10 a.m. Hikers have been asked to meet at the Montauk Recycling Center. Eva Moore will lead, and can be reached at 631-238-5134 or 631-681-4774 on the day of the hike.

At 2 p.m. that day, a Montauk State Park naturalist will be out front on a three-mile trek to see shorebirds and seals. Hikers will set out from the park’s office in the lower parking lot, near the playground. Binoculars and warm clothing have been suggested. The cost is $4 per person, free for children under 3. Space is limited, and reservations are required at 631-668-5000.