Monday, February 8, 2010

Hudson River Eagle Fest 2010

On Saturday, we enjoyed three live bird of prey shows, lectures, crafts, and seeing friends at Teatown Lake Reservation's annual Eagle Fest at Croton Point Park. This is one of my favorite events of the year, much anticipated, and always hugely fun and educational.

We missed the birdwalk (Kev worked ridiculously late the night before, and the walk was really really early, so we opted to skip it this year...), but we did scan the treetops for birds. Lots of songbirds and waterfowl, but no eagles, though some had been sighted earlier.

We started off our day at Van Cortlandt Manor, which hosts fun eagle-related craft activities for kids and adults. Mikro helped fold an origami crane, painted a bookmark, and made a couple of holes in a tin punch eagle design, then punted to Dad, who finished the job.

Next, we headed to Croton Point Park for the main Eagle Fest events. First, we wandered the main tent, where there were exhibitors, vendors, and crafts, games and educational exhibits.

We saw Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, Hope Douglas of Wind Over Wings, and Jim Eyring of Pace University and their amazing birds of prey. Here are some of the fascinating creatures we learned about:

Mikro's favorite was the American Kestrel. I find it impossible to choose just one.

Fun stuff:

Raptor "cootie catcher" or "fortune teller" for kids from Wind Over Wings And check out the rest of their kid's page, too!

Teacher's Page at Delaware Valley Raptor Center

DVRC Kid's Page

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