Area eagle-watchers are invited to attend the Hudson River Eagle Fest, on Saturday, February 9, 11:45 AM at the “Eagle Theater” at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson.
The event, presented by Teatown Lake Reservation (event flyer) and Westchester County Parks, runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, rain or shine. Highlights of the day’s activities include a live birds-of-prey show with Bill Streeter of the Hudson Valley Raptor Center, an outdoor raptor program with falconer Jim Eyring of the Pace Environmental Center, crafts and activities for children, storytelling with master storyteller Jonathan Kruk, eagle’s nest building with Croton Point Nature Center staff, and guided eagle-spotting exploration with environmental educators.
Croton Point Park is located on Route 9 in Croton-on-Hudson, Croton Point Avenue exit.
Also, just a stone’s throw away, is Van Cortlandt Manor, featuring Michael Natiello, who will be speaking about “Eagles in Early American Art” at noon and 3:00 PM. Michael is an interpreter at Van Cortlandt Manor, an artist, and the creative director of The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze.
In addition, visitors are welcome to explore Van Cortlandt Manor’s grounds to try and spot wild eagles. Spotting eagles is unpredictable, of course, but they can often be seen at Van Cortlandt Manor. In the visitor center, folks can participate in a range of historic hands-on activities, including punching an eagle image into a tin plate and painting an eagle-themed tavern sign. Plus, visitors can write and sketch about their experiences with ink and quill pens. The site is open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, while admission is free.
Video: Just a few dozen miles from Manhattan, bald eagles have been re-introduced and are thriving in New York’s Hudson River Valley.