T he Battenkill Conservancy will once again host its popular “Eagle Watch Outing” lead by local eagle expert, Ron Renoni at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 9 in Greenwich. Recently retired Life Science teacher in the Shenendehowa school system, Mr. Renoni has been involved in New York State DEC’s Eagle Monitoring Program since its inception in the early 1990s.
The New York State DEC’s program involves intensive monitoring and reports sightings in order to determine popular eagle wintering habitats though out the state. Resident New York eagle populations have increased steadily for the last 20 years, although eagles along the Battenkill are sighted most often during the winter months. Starting in December, these predators migrate down from the north in order to use the river’s open water habitat for fishing, and the fields and roadsides for deer carrion. Sightings become more numerous in January, February and at the beginning of March before the eagles return north to nest.
The excursion is slated to last approximately two hours and will visit known eagle wintering spots in the Battenkill and Hudson River watersheds hoping to spot the majestic birds. Mr. Renoni’s extensive knowledge and teaching experience makes this excursion suitable for both adults and children. Participants should meet in the Greenwich Kmart parking lot at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 9 and carpool to the known eagle sighting spots. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars or a scope and dress in comfortable clothing and footwear. Battenkill Conservancy charges no fee for the event, but donations are accepted and pre-registration is requested by emailing your interest to [email protected] . For more information visit www.battenkillconservancy.org