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20th annual Hudson River EagleFest to be held this Saturday at Croton Point Park

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Photo Credit: Teatown.org

There is nothing more enjoyable than walking along the Hudson Riverwalk in Peekskill or riding the train down the Hudson River line to Grand Central and catching the glimpse of an American Bald Eagle gracing the sky. At three feet long with a 7-foot wingspan and pronounced white feathers on its head and tail, an adult Bald Eagle is easy to spot. 

Bald Eagle
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For the 20th year, Teatown will celebrate America’s symbol at its annual Hudson River EagleFest this Saturday, February 3, 2024 at Croton Point Park. There’s a lot to do at EagleFest all day long. Attendees can take a bird walk, view eagles through spotting scopes, learn about adventure technology, or visit one of the heated tents where attendees will find educational displays and collaborators’ exhibits. Attendees can also visit one or all of the many bird shows in the Eagle Theatre or Eaglet Stage. Children can enjoy making crafts or playing interactive games, and so much more. EagleFest will also have food trucks, so make sure to bring some cash along in case you get thirsty or need a snack.  

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The jammed packed schedule of events can be found by clicking here. There will be multiple heated tents. Two of these tents include the Eagle Theater and the Eaglet Stage where attendees can catch one or multiple 45-minute shows. The Eagle Theater features live bird shows throughout the day. A few of these include Brian Robinson  presenting Birds of Prey, Christine Peyreigne will bring her Raptors and Christine’s Critters, Bobby Horvath will present Rescued Raptors of Long Island, and Brian Bradley will present Sky Hunters in Flight. At the Eaglet Stage Anne Swaim will present Raptors for Rookies, Maddy Schroeder will discuss Hudson Valley Wildlife: Birds and Mammals, Emily Edmonds-Langham will talk about Birding Basics: Beginner Birding for Families, and Mathew McDowell will present Beyond the Bird Feeder and so much more. 

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Online tickets are on sale through January 31, 2024. Tickets are $30 for Teatown Members, $35 for non-members, children ages 3-12 are $20 for non-members and $17 for members. Children under 3 attend free of charge. Tickets sold at the door are more expensive, $40/adult and $23/child, but that shouldn’t stop you from checking out this event. For more information visit the Teatown EagleFest website.

An event of this magnitude has a tremendous number of sponsors and collaborators from all over the Hudson Valley and beyond. Some of the sponsors for EagleFest include the Saw Mill River Audubon, Feed the Birds, Greenwich Audubon Center, Feminist Bird Club NYC, Zeiss Optics, Hudson Highlands Land Trust, NY State DEC, Sustainable Westchester, Watershed Agricultural Council, Con Edison, Win Waste Innovations, Town of Cortlandt, The Black Cow Coffee Company, and many others as collaborators this year. 

For those who would just like to view eagles via a telescope or binoculars, there will be an eagle spotting location set up all day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Steamboat Dock River Park in Verplanck for FREE viewing with no tickets required.

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About the Contributor
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]