Mark hikes and seal cruises on your calendar

The Great Outdoors

The weather may be cold, but everyone can agree that a little fresh air is good for body and soul. Here is a sampling of some activities.

EH Trails Preservation Society

To help you get up and moving, the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society will hold a hike on Amsterdam Beach in Montauk on February 2 at 10 AM. The 2.5-mile trail offers hikers both a woodland experience as well as breathtaking ocean views. Meet at the trailhead across from Deep Hollow Ranch on the corner of Ranch Road and Montauk Highway. Aggie Cindrich will lead the hike. For more information, call 914-227-6193.

The trails society is also looking for volunteers to help on its weekly trail maintenance hikes, which take place on Tuesdays throughout the month at 9 AM, weather permitting. Participants hike a two to four-mile mile stretch, clearing fallen limbs and other obstacles. The group asks that volunteers bring a lopper, trimmer, or handsaw if possible. For more information, contact Carol at andrews81@optonline.net or 631-725-3367.

Group for The East End

The Group for the East End is partnering with the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society to sponsor seal cruises around the Shinnecock Bay on February 2 and 17 from 10 AM to noon. AMCS biologists will explain the different species of seals that inhabit the waters around Long Island. Attendees can view the animals in their natural habitat and learn how to help conserve the marine environment.

Boarding for the cruise starts 30 minutes prior the scheduled departure time. Tickets are $30 per person. For dates and tickets and location, visit amseas.org/seal-cruises.

“Project Feederwatch” takes place on February 1 and February 13 from 9 to 10 AM at the Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue. Volunteers can help The Cornell University ornithology lab learn more about songbird populations during the winter by recording bird sightings at the farm’s feeders. For more information, contact Aaron Virgin at 631-765-6450, ext. 218, or at acvirgin@eastendenvironment.org.