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Teatown Hudson River EagleFest

January 30 - February 7

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Our annual EagleFest returns in 2021 with a twist!

Join us for this amazing hybrid festival Saturday, January 30 – Sunday, February 7, as we host a series of engaging virtual presentations and limited in-person programs.

This event, now in its 17th year, showcases the migration of bald eagles to the Hudson River, and was named the “Best Outdoor Winter Event” by Hudson Valley Magazine in 2019!

We look forward to celebrating as the bald eagles descend upon the Hudson River as part of their annual winter migration!

Please email EagleFest@teatown.org for any and all inquiries.

** There will be NO FESTIVAL at Croton Point Park this year **

All events are subject to restrictions or cancellation due to health regulations.

  • Tickets for single programs are $5/program for members, $7/program for non-members.
  • Our “Fly Like an Eagle” ticket package has sold-out!
  • Zoom link(s) will be sent the day of the event. PLEASE REGISTER WITH THE EMAIL YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE FOR THE EVENT(S).
  • All Zoom links will be sent from EagleFest@teatown.org. Please check your spam folders in case you don’t think you’ve received them.
  • We’re sorry, no refunds are available at this time.
  • All proceeds go to help support Teatown’s continued mission of inspiring our community to lifelong environmental stewardship.
  • Registration closes at 3pm for weekday events and 8am for weekend events.

EagleFest Programs

Registration now open! All programs are virtual unless otherwise stated.

Ready for Raptors with Christine’s Critters
Saturday, January 30, 11am

Enjoy this program by Christine Peyreigne, the youngest falconer in the state of Connecticut. Christine became a falconer and started hunting with her red-tailed hawk, Theron, when she was just 16 years old.

Hosted by Christine Peyreigne.
Moderated by Marie Roche, Teatown Environmental Educator.
Teatown Birds of Prey
Sunday, January 31, 11am

Teatown’s raptors will steal the show in these cameo appearances by our Animal Ambassadors!  Meet and learn about owls, falcons, hawks and vultures as we take a virtual tour around the raptor loop.

 

Hosted by Elissa Schilmeister.
Moderated by Phyllis Bock, Teatown Director of Education.
How to Select Birding Optics
Monday, February 1, 7pm

Choosing a binocular for birding can be a little confusing! Join Rich Moncrief to learn more about what to look for in a birding binocular, what the characteristics of them are and what may work best for you!

 

Hosted by Richard Moncrief, Zeiss Sports Optics.
Moderated by Susie Erdey, Teatown Director of Development.
Raptors for Rookies
Tuesday, February 2, 7pm

Enjoy this program from Anne Swaim, Executive Director of Saw Mill River Audubon, a local chapter of National Audubon based in Chappaqua.

How do you tell bald eagles from other big birds flying overhead? Over twenty species of raptors may be spotted in our area including two kinds of eagles, ten hawk species, two vulture species, and three species of falcons, not to mention seven kinds of owls!  This multimedia program will include some of the best raptor images from local photographers, video clips and more. Learn how to tell the age of a bald eagle. Find out when and where raptors may be seen and how they are doing in the mixed rural and suburban landscapes of the Lower Hudson Valley.

Hosted by Anne Swaim, Saw Mill River Audubon.
Moderated by Maggie Pichura, Teatown Senior Environmental Educator.
Digiscoping and Phonescoping
Wednesday, February 3, 7pm

Many birders use a spotting scopes for longer distance observation of nesting or wading birds for example. Discover the fun of using a camera or your smart phone or tablet to take images through a spotting scope. It is fun and easy!

 

Hosted by Richard Moncrief, Zeiss Sports Optics.
Moderated by Susie Erdey, Teatown Director of Development.
Ornitherapy with Holly Merker
Thursday, February 4, 7pm

Ornitherapy, or the mindful observation of birds, benefits our mind, body, and soul. We’re pushed and pulled in many directions, no matter our age. This can be tiresome; but if we allow birds and nature to slow us down, we are self-medicating. Within the program, we’ll delve into our connections to birds, how to practice Ornitherapy for optimal benefits, and learn about the latest research in the power of nature for overall wellbeing.

 

Hosted by Holly Merker.
Moderated by Mary Haley, Teatown Associate Director of Early Childhood Programs.
Birding for Kids! 
Friday, February 5, 7pm

One of the best shows on earth is right outside your door! Our program shares some basic ideas of how to get kids birding by making it fun and easy and maybe just with a little bit of challenge. The premise is to make it fun and not overwhelm our youngsters. Many of the concepts are valid for new birders as well!

 

Hosted by Richard Moncrief, Zeiss Sports Optics.
Moderated by Susie Erdey, Teatown Director of Development.
Eagles and Other Raptors
Saturday, February 6, 2pm

Enjoy this program by Christine Peyreigne, the youngest falconer in the state of Connecticut. Christine became a falconer and started hunting with her red-tailed hawk, Theron, when she was just 16 years old.

Hosted by Christine Peyreigne.
Moderated by Marie Roche, Teatown Environmental Educator.
Hudson Valley Wildlife
Sunday, February 7, 11am

Suburban backyards are full of wildlife! Opossums, raptors, snakes and more are frequent and most times unseen visitors.  What are their habits and how do we adjust to all of the wildlife that live in our midst?  Join Elissa Schilmiester in a compelling program with Animal Ambassadors from Teatown’s collection.

 

Hosted by Elissa Schilmeister.
Moderated by Nadya Hall, Teatown Community Environmentalist.

In Person Programs

Bird Walks with Charlie – SOLD OUT
This program has been rescheduled for Friday, February 12 at Croton Point Park.

9am – 10am, 10:15am – 11:15am, 11:30am – 12:30pm

The cold weather and open water of Hudson and Croton Rivers bring many birds to Croton Point Park. Eagles Expected! Join Charlie Roberto, birder extraordinaire and local celebrity in searching out wintering birds at the Croton Point Park on Friday,  February 5, 2021. Only 3 slots available.

This is 1 hour program by registration only. Pay-What-You-Wish. No walk-ins.  10 people per time slot, masks required, must bring your own binoculars or viewing equipment. Dress for the weather as the program will be held entirely outside. Meeting point: Gazebo at the Croton Point Park. No refunds. In case of inclement weather the program will be rescheduled.  Must follow Teatown health protocol. Must complete COVID-19 questionnaire and the temperature will be taken on the date of the program.

Birds of Winter
This program has been reschedule for Saturday, February 13 at Teatown.

9am – 10:30am, 11am – 12:30pm

Get your eagle eyes ready to trek through Teatown’s forest with expert birder, Charlie Roberto! We’ll be seeking out local year-rounders, northern migrants such as white-throated sparrows and juncos, and hopefully some fun, unique finds!

This is an in-person EagleFest program at Teatown.

This is 90 minute program by registration only. Pay-What-You-Wish. No walk-ins.  Family friendly program not suitable for children under 8. 8 people per time slot, masks required, must bring your own binoculars or viewing equipment. Dress for the weather as the program will be held entirely outside. Meeting point: Great Lawn at Teatown. No refunds. In case of inclement weather the program will be rescheduled.  Must follow Teatown health protocol. Must complete COVID-19 questionnaire and the temperature will be taken on the date of the program.

The Golden Feather
Saturday. January 30 – Sunday, February 7
9am – 5pm daily at Teatown

Come explore our trails at Teatown and find the “Golden Feather”! This week-long event will see visitors search for the elusive “Golden Feather”, which will be hidden somewhere on our preserve.  Sleuths can tag us in a photo of their discovery on social media with the hashtag #teatowngoldenfeather to enter, or email EagleFest@teatown.org a photo of their findings to be automatically entered for a chance to win one of three Teatown Swag Bags full of goodies.

3 winners will be chosen on Monday, February 8 at 12:00pm and will receive some free Teatown Swag.

Best of luck in your search! Program is free, but participants still have to pay for parking. Parking is free for Teatown members.

EagleFest Story Walk

Visit Teatown and take a walk on the Raptor Loop for a short self-guided and interactive EagleFest experience to learn more about eagles! Test your eagle vision, Find out about bioaccumulation and the hacking program that brought eagles back to NY.

EagleFest VR

Enjoy this interactive and exclusive VR experience created by A&R 360 for EagleFest!

EagleFest Photography Competition

Winning photo by Bill Golden.

Runner-up photo by Christine Carrion-Alfano

Runner-up photo by Anne-Claude Cotty.

Thank You to everyone who submitted photos to this year’s competition! Registration is now closed.

Sponsored by Zeiss Spots Optics.

 Grand Prize - Zeiss Terra ED 3 brand binoculars

Grand Prize - Zeiss Terra ED 3 brand binoculars

EagleFest eStore

The eStore is now closed.

Thank You to our Sponsors!

Fun Eagle Facts!

 

Eagles live primarily along both U.S. coasts and on major lakes, rivers, and reservoir systems.

 

Bald eagles are protected by federal laws such as the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

 

They usually eat fish, but will also feed on waterfowl, small mammals, and carrion.

 

Patience is the key to successful spotting. Scan the trees for their iconic white heads, which can look like baseballs.

Details

Start:
January 30
End:
February 7
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1600 Spring Valley Rd
Ossining, NY 10562 United States
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