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EagleFest alights in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — Wildlife enthusiasts will gather in Narrowsburg on Saturday, January 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the eigthth annual EagleFest.

Live presentations on birds of prey are always a major highlight of the event, and Bill Streeter, Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, will be back again with six birds of prey, including a bald eagle and a golden eagle, for shows in the Narrowsburg School auditorium at 10:30 a.m. and1:00 p.m. Lauren Butcher of the Raptor Trust will bring two live owls for an owl program at the Tusten Theater at 2:30 p.m., and a presentation on an “Inside Look at Bird Rehabilitation” with live birds of prey, also at the Tusten Theater, at 4:00 p.m. Giselle Smisko of the Avian Wildlife Center will bring several live birds for her program in the Narrowsburg School auditorium at 3:00 p.m.

Another highlight will be a presentation by Tim Gallagher, editor-in-chief of Living Bird publication of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, discussing his new book “Falcon Fever” with a live peregrine falcon at 12:00 noon at the Tusten Theater. Best known for being one of the re-discoverers of the ivory-billed woodpecker, which scientists had thought to be extinct since the 1940s, Gallagher has another passion that has driven him since childhood—the ancient sport of falconry, and in addition to hunting with falcons, he has gone on numerous expeditions to study them.

Another traditional favorite is the silent poster auction. Regional artists have donated original artwork for the silent poster auction, which will be on display at the River Gallery, The Art of Living on Main Street. Silent auction bidding will close at 4:30 p.m. the day of the event.

A variety of art shows, outdoors demonstrations documentaries and children’s shows will also take place throughout the day. For a full schedule, see ad on page 22 or visit dveaglealliance.org.

Photo by Ed Kent
Live eagle viewing from the observation deck on Main Street of Narrowsburg, NY is one of the highlights of EagleFest, scheduled this year for Saturday, January 17. Ed Kent of Beach Lake, PA, across the river from Narrowsburg, captured this image in November of 2008. (Click for larger version)