PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- More than 150 bald eagles spend the winter along Hudson Valley waterways, and there’s no better way to see them than to attend this year’s Teatown’s Hudson River EagleFest.
The 2013 celebration will take place on Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and be headquartered at Westchester County’s Croton Point Park with several other viewing locations including Peekskill’s Riverfront Green Park. All will be all staffed with birding experts to help the public view our national symbol in the wild. Keepsake maps will be available to guide visitors to each unique viewing destination.
In Peekskill, Jonathan Kruk, an award-winning storyteller, will give a presentation at 12:30 p.m. and Brian Bradley of Skyhunters will speak from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Nature lovers can see an eagle upclose at the entertaining and educational shows taking place all day long in the Eagle Theatre and the children’s Eaglet Stage, and both tents are heated. There will be plenty of other activities including guided and independent eagle viewing areas, raptor shows, bus tours, storytelling, children’s programs, bird walks and displays from 30 area organizations.
Tickets will be required for any shows in the Eagle Theatre and for the bus tours. Eagle Theatre Shows are $5 per person in advance; $10 at the door. Children ages 3 and under are free. Bus tours are $25 per person for guests ages 12 and over.
This year, attendees flocking from New York City can take the special 9:50 a.m. Metro-North Eagle Train Car from Grand Central to Croton-Harmon and Peekskill stations. They can view Hudson Valley birds, wildlife and sites with guest naturalists sponsored by Wave Hill.
Free shuttle buses will bring attendees to and from the Croton-Harmon Train Station to Croton Point Park. To participate, guests will purchase a regular train ticket from Metro-North. Metro-North personnel will direct guests to the correct train car to hear the wildlife presentation.
Parking is free and shuttle buses will bring guests from the outlying lots and the Croton-Harmon Train Station to Croton Point Park throughout the day.
For a full listing of events or to buy tickets, go to the Teatown EagleFest website or call 914-762-2912 ext.110.