Eaglefest Opens Boscobel Grounds on Feb. 9 for Eagle Viewing

Free admission on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9 to 4

View from the Belvedere at Boscobel (Photo courtesy of Boscobel)

View from the Belvedere at Boscobel (Photo courtesy of Boscobel)

Each winter, between December and March, bald eagles from Canada and northern New York and New England fly south to the 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.

Boscobel is honored to be a part of the Teatown Lake Reservation’s annual EagleFest event in 2013. Various festivities and activities will be headquartered at Croton Point Park in Westchester County (for schedule visit teatown.org/eaglefest), and there will be multiple eagle-viewing locations along the Hudson River.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (snow date Feb. 10), Boscobel offers free grounds admission for eagle viewing. There will be eagle experts with scopes to assist visitors, as well as a heated tent and complimentary hot cocoa for warming up. Free, keepsake maps will be available, showing all the eagle-viewing locations.

Boscobel is located on Route 9D in Garrison, just one mile south of Cold Spring and directly across the river from West Point. For more information, visit Boscobel.org or call 845-265-3638.

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