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Our Popular "Eagle Watch Outing" Returns with Seasoned Guide, Ron Renoni
Photo courtesy of Martine Hahn (2010)
Calling all eagle and bird of prey lovers! Mark your calendars, dig out the binoculars and join Battenkill Conservancy for an “Eagle Watch Outing” led by eagle expert Ron Renoni.
Ron will offer any interested parties (of all ages and birding levels) the opportunity to look for Eagles - focusing in specific areas in the Battenkill Valley and near the Hudson River. Plan to meet at the Kmart shopping center’s parking lot in Greenwich, NY at 10:00 am where we can organize car-pooling to nearby observation sites.
Dress in warm non-cotton layers and bring binoculars or scopes if you have them. You might also want to bring non-alcoholic beverages to keep hydrated. This outing is free of charge but donations (to Battenkill Conservancy) in any amount are most welcome. The outing will last approximately 2 hours and will convene again at the parking lot.
Ron Renoni is a member of the Battenkill Conservancy, and an active member of the New York State Department of Conservation’s Eagles monitoring program. He has been documenting the presence of Bald Eagles locally and for NYS DEC since 1991. The DEC’s program involves intensive monitoring and reporting of sightings in order to determine some of the most popular wintering habitats for the eagles in the state. While the resident New York Eagle population has increased steadily for the last 20 years, Eagles along the Battenkill are sighted most often in winter months. These predators migrate from the north in order to use the river’s open water habitat for fishing, and scavenge the fields and roadsides for deer carrion. Sightings reach a peak in January, February and the beginning of March.
SNOWY TRAILS & WARM TEMPS MADE FOR A GREAT EVENING!
Two happy participants during BkC's Winter Hike.
Battenkill Conservancy's “It's Your Battenkill, Explore It” winter cross country ski and snow shoe hike was bound to be popular after the heavy snowfall earlier in the week. Over thirty winter hardy folks arrived ready to tackle the wooded trail that loops around Jan and Tom Wolski's property. The snowy skies did not make for stargazing but plenty of snow, a roaring bonfire, a table full of donated snacks along with warmed mulled cider made it a fun evening for all. More photos to be posted on our events page and Facebook.
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