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Teatown in Ossining Kicks off 17th Annual EagleFest

Teatown Lake Resort, in Ossining, will kick off its 17th annual Hudson River EagleFest, celebrating the bald eagle’s winter migration to the Hudson Valley, with a week of virtual programs and limited in-person programs for children, families and birding enthusiasts.

 “While COVID is preventing the in-person festival at Croton Point Park this year, we have extended EagleFest to include an entire week of really exciting hybrid programming we hope will inspire families and bird enthusiasts until we can return to Croton Point Park next year,” Teatown’s executive director, Kevin Carter, said in a statement.

From January 30 to February 7, Teatown will host a series of virtual programs featuring Connecticut falconer and wildlife rehabilitator Christine Peyreigne of Cristine’s Critters; Anne Swaim, executive director of Saw Mill River Audubon and programs by Zeiss Sports Optics, as well as Teatown’s own animal ambassadors. New this year will be a presentation on the healing nature of bird watching by Holly Merker, a cancer survivor who credits ornitherapy as a tool in her recovery.

To make the programming accessible to all, Teatown is charging a per-program fee of $5 for members and $7 for non-members.

Teatown will also host limited in-person family activities, including the Golden Feather treasure hunt, with Teatown swag bags as prizes. A new online map of viewing sites and virtual visits to select viewing locations has been developed in collaboration with virtual reality company A&R360.  

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