Go sky high and become an expert on birds of prey at the Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining

This week’s Road Trip: Close to Home will go sky high as you become an expert on birds of prey at the Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining.
“Teatown is the largest community-supported nature preserve in all of Westchester County, and we have 15 miles of trail open to the public year-round from dawn till dusk,” says Kevin Carter, executive director at the Teatown Lake Reservation
Take a walk around Raptor Loop and you’ll get the chance to meet some of the most special wildlife ambassadors. “People can see our non-releasable wildlife. Those are animals that suffered some sort of injury so they are no longer able to survive in the wild, and they become animal ambassadors and an important part of our year-round environmental education program,” says Carter.
You can learn more about them at the 17th annual Eaglefest, an event that teaches you about birds of prey.
But like many other things this year, the pandemic has brought a portion of Eaglefest online. “We’ll have some live animal ambassadors on Zoom to visit into your homes or into classrooms or however you want to view it. And these animal ambassadors will help teach about their species but also how they’re connected to us and the environment around us,” says environmental educator Elissa Schilmeister.
Then you can put what you’ve learned to the test at the Croton Point Boat Launch where you’ll try to spot bald eagles in the wild. “For us to have reached a point where we almost lost them. We were down to one breeding pair in all of New York State and now we have many….So it’s really a celebration of their return,” says Schilmeister.
The annual Hudson River EagleFest runs through Feb. 7.