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see details + Hudson Valley Bald Eagles

Join us at  the East Greenbush Library (not Peebles Island State Park Visitors Center) on Saturday, January 7 for Hudson Valley Bald Eagles entitled Hudson Valley Bald Eagles: Our Greatest Ecological Recovery and for the Introduction to the Bald Eagle Nest Watch program.

Since 1782, the Bald Eagle has been our national bird. However, the last 230 years have been difficult for them. During this presentation, we will travel across those centuries to see how the Bald Eagle evolved from an honored symbol to a target for human ignorance and neglect.  This downward spiral culminated in the mid-20th century with their extirpation from New York State from the effects of DDT. They were subsequently placed on the Federal Endangered Species List.  The final chapter in this story finds the Bald Eagle rising from near ruin to their present day abundance, and a recovery so complete that you may see an eagle any day of the year, anywhere in the Hudson Valley.

This will also serve as an introduction to the ASCR’s new Bald Eagle Nest Watch program where you will learn more about how to become a citizen scientist to help conserve the next generation of Bald Eagles. Complimentary coffee and refreshments will be provided during the talk. 

Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist for the N.Y.S. Department of Environmental Conservation, will be the guest speaker for this program. In addition to his ongoing work with eagles, he has compiled and edited the Hudson River Almanac, a weekly natural history journal, for 20 years.  He also teaches Anthropology and Archaeology at SUNY Dutchess Community College.

This event is free and open the Public, but registration is required.  Please contact the Library at  518-708-7825 or email Drew Cashman at for more information and to register.


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see details + Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey at Schodack Island State Park

UPDATE 1/12/17:Due to the weather, this program will be shorter in length.  There will not be snacks offered in the begining. Meet at the main comfort station at 10am and notify the Park Office if you plan to attend, or cancel your registration.  

For the fourth year, the ASCR is teaming up with Schodack Island State Park, where Bald Eagles are regularly seen flying and nesting, to offer this citizen science event. Join us to take in the beautiful views of the Hudson River as we participate in the Mid-Winter Eagle Survey.   We will meet at Park Pavilion by the river.  Groups will break out to walk the paths of this State Park looking for adult and juvenile Bald Eagles as well as watching for any rare sightings overwintering Golden Eagles.  Afterwards we will regroup and share any sightings.

Please wear sturdy boots and if you have them and be prepared with have Yaktrax or crampons in case of slippery conditions.

Meet at the Pavilion nearest the boat launch at Schodack Island State Park, 1 Schodack Island Way, Schodack Landing, NY 12156 (Just south of Castleton-on-Hudson on Route 9J.)

Free and Open to the Public, this event will run rain or shine, but participants must register with the Park office at 518-732-0187.  

This event has been rescheduled from Saturday January 6 to  Saturday January 13 due to extreme cold weather conditions. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017 @ 10:00am - 12 noon

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see details + New Year’s Day Bird Count at Five Rivers EEC

Join bird experts from the Audubon Society of the Capital Region and the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club for Five Rivers Environmental Education Center's 40th annual bird survey. Field parties will scour the trails to record First of Year sightings of our fine feathered friends. Afterwards, field parties will re-group to compare notes and enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate. In the 40 years of this annual census, 74 different bird species have been found on New Year’s Day.  We will meet at the new visitor center at 56 Game Farm Rd, Delmar, NY 12054.  In case of severe weather, this program may be cancelled.  For more information, or to check for cancellation, please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291. Don't forget to bring your binoculars and dress warmly!


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