The deep chill of winter has now settled in—how will you fill these cold days? How about spending a day being this close to a majestic bald eagle? This unique opportunity awaits you at Teatown’s Hudson River EagleFest℠!
With Title Sponsor First Niagara Foundation and the returning support of Club Fit and Friends of Westchester County Parks, Teatown’s Hudson River EagleFest℠ will take place Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 9:00am-4:00pm, with the center of activities located at Westchester County’s Croton Point Park. Multiple eagle viewing locations will line the Hudson River; all staffed with birding experts, to help the public view our national symbol in the wild. Continuous shows will run all day at Croton Point Park and are given by a variety of experts, each bringing a unique perspective and experience on topics from bald eagles to owls to choosing optics.
Teatown’s Hudson River EagleFest℠ offers all of this as an educational, low-cost family-friendly outing. All children’s activities and Eaglet Stage shows, including performances by master storyteller Jonathan Kruk and a Teatown bird of prey show, are free. The only tickets required are for shows in the Eagle Theatre and for bus tours. Guests should call 914-762-2912 x110 to purchase tickets. Prices are as follows:
Eagle Theatre Shows offer a chance to get up-close with bald eagles and other birds of prey. Tickets are $5pp in advance; $10pp at the door (children ages 3 and under are free)
Bus Tours visit three viewings sites and have a naturalist onboard. Tickets are $25pp (for guests ages 12 and over).
Parking is free and shuttle buses will bring guests from the outlying lots and the Croton Harmon Train Station to Croton Point Park
The additional eagle viewing sites along the Hudson River are also free of charge and include the Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center in Sleepy Hollow, Steamboat River Park in Verplanck, Riverfront Green Park in Peekskill, and Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison. Detailed keepsake maps, available at Teatown and at each viewing site, will give precise directions to each viewing location.
ALL ABOARD THE EAGLE TRAIN!
Ride the train like never before! Attendees flocking from Manhattan can take the 9:50am Metro-North Eagle Train Car from Grand Central to Croton-Harmon and Peekskill stations. Along the way, they can view Hudson Valley birds, wildlife and sites with guest naturalists sponsored by Wave Hill. Free shuttle buses will bring attendees to/from the Croton-Harmon Train Station to Croton Point Park. The Peekskill Train Station is just a short walk from the Riverfront Green viewing site.
To participate in this event, guests will purchase a regular train ticket from Metro North. On the day of the event, Metro North personnel will direct guests to the correct train car to hear the wildlife presentation.
Teatown’s Hudson River EagleFest℠ 2013 is generously sponsored by First Niagara Foundation, Westchester County, Westchester County Parks Department, Friends of Westchester County Parks, WHUD, Club Fit, Saw Mill River Audubon and LaFarge North America.
BALD EAGLES IN THE HUDSON VALLEY
Each winter, between December and March, bald eagles from Canada and northern New York and New England fly south to the lower Hudson Valley to feed on fish and waterfowl found in unfrozen waters. The bald eagle, which was considered an endangered species prior to 1995, shed its federal threatened status in 2007. Today, biologists estimate that about 150 bald eagles overwinter in the lower Hudson Valley. Every year the bald eagles’ return affirms the continued health of the Hudson River and nearby habitats for wildlife and people.