Eagle Festival on the Hudson

| December 29, 2009

Get ready to admire the Bald Eagle at The  Hudson River EagleFest scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2010 from 9:00am-4:00pm at Croton Point Park. 

Every year, American eagles migrate from their northern nesting areas to New York’s rivers and reservoirs looking for food and roosting sites. During the coldest months, open water can be found near power plants, such as Croton Point that discharge water during energy production, or where the natural flows of tributaries enter the river. In recent winters, over a hundred wintering eagles have been counted along the lower Hudson.

On February 6th, thousands of eagle lovers get together together and observe these awe-inspiring birds in flight. The Hudson River EagleFest is the highlight of this celebration. Teatown Lake Reservation partners with Westchester County Parks and 30 additional cooperating organizations to bring this event to the Hudson Valley.  Last year, over 4,000 participants joined in the fun!

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see the bald eagle, adopted as the symbol of the United States because of its independence and strength.

There will be free parking and shuttle buses from outlying lots, including a shuttle bus from Metro North’s Croton-Harmon Train Station.

The EagleFest Headquarters and all theaters will be located in heated tents  at Westchester County’s Croton Point Park.  So don’t let the cold stop you from coming.  You can always warm up in a tent with some hot chocolate.

Tickets on Sale Now

Call Teatown at 914 762-2912 x110 to purchase tickets or for more information go to the website at http://teatown.org/eaglefest.htm

Admission to EagleFest Headquarters and River Sites is free (suggested donation is $2 per person).
Bird Shows, $5 per person
Bus Tours, $20 per person (ages 14 and older).

Schedule of Events
Bird of Prey Shows – $5 Per Person – In the Eagle Theater Tent (seats 300)
Learn about eagles and other birds of prey with live birds presented in a 30-minute show!

10:00  Bill Streeter “Winter Raptor Migrants”
11:00  Bill Streeter “Winter Raptor Migrants”
12:00  Bill Streeter “Winter Raptor Migrants”
1:00    Hope Douglas “Eagles and More”
2:00    Hope Douglas “Eagles and More”
3:00    James Eyring – “Flight of the Raptors” (This show is free!)

Eagle Exploration Bus Tour – $20 per person (age 12+)
Travel in comfort to three River Sites with an educator to view wild bald eagles!
Be sure to arrive 30 minutes early and plan on a two-hour tour.
9:30–11:30am  
2:00pm–4:00pm  
   
Free Presentations in the Eaglet Stage Tent (seats 100)
9:00   Teatown presents EagleFest 2010
9:45   Hudson River Eagles – Talk by Christopher Letts
10:30 Jonathan Kruk Storyteller
11:15  Choosing Birding Optics
12:00  Birds of Prey Program by Teatown Raptor Group
12:45  Jonathan Kruk Storyteller
1:30    Teatown presents EagleFest 2010
2:15    Steve Sachs – eagle photographer

Free Bird Walks around Croton Point Park
8:00    Bird Walk at Van Cortlandt Manor
8:45    Bird Walk with Wild Bird Center
9:45    Bird Walk with Croton Park Nature Center
10:45  Bird Walk
11:45  Bird Walk with Croton Park Nature Center
12:45  Bird Walk
1:45     Bird Walk with Croton Park Nature Center
2:45    Bird Walk

Other Popular Eagle Viewing Areas Along the Hudson

•Norrie Point State Park, Hyde Park
•Constitution Island from North Dock, West Point
•Route 6/202 overlook above Iona Island
•Riverfront Park, Peekskill
•Charles Point/China Pier, Peekskill
•Verplanck waterfront
•George’s Island Park parking area, Montrose

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