Eaglefest Viewing at Boscobel Feb. 7

Free grounds admission 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 part of Teatown Lake Reservation’s annual EagleFest event in 2015. Various festivities and activities will be headquartered at Croton Point Park in Westchester (for schedule and to purchase tickets, visit Teatown.org), but there will also be multiple eagle viewing locations along the Hudson River, including Boscobel Saturday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with a snow date of Feb. 8).

There will be eagle spotters from Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary with scopes to assist participants, and a small fire for hand warming. Grab a free map and head to the next viewing station for a day of searching for the national bird in the Hudson Valley.

Though it is not necessary, you may sign up to spot eagles at Boscobel by registering at Boscobel.org. Boscobel is located on Route 9D in Garrison, just one mile south of Cold Spring. For more information, visit Boscobel.org or call 845-265-3638.

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