While some are busy running up and down furiously shouting, “I’m against the LHD!” and still more are lathering their heads in preparation for more tinfoil; the rest of us can refocus and take a breather.
IT’S THE EAGLE FESTIVAL!
Being the Poor Preservationist, I especially like the fact it is free! But it’s not really free and I am so glad that Newburyport Five and the Daily News as well as many others have stepped up to take the load off the Audubon Society’s back.
THIS IS THE ONLY PREMIER EAGLE FESTIVAL IN THE NORTHEAST.
We should be very proud and I hope there is some positive repercussions such as busy restaurants and city notoriety and for the Audubon, more members joining.
Just remember to get to City Hall EARLY for the 10:00 and 1:30 presentations. Don’t forget that great events are also happening at the Joppa Flats Audubon Center and the Parker River Wildlife Refuge facility across the street.
Now, unfortunately, we do not have tame or properly trained bald eagles on the river – there is no guarantee you will even see one though volunteers will work hard to track them down.
Especially take the time to join one of the tours. They will have limited room on the buses, so check when they are leaving. Rabid birdwatchers are often leading the tour and will spot an eagle or some other interesting bird while you are still gazing at an empty riverbed.
One year, I was absolutely spoiled when my wife and I joined a tour and we stopped on the shore by Eagle Island (Yes, it really is called that.) As if by command, a bald eagle swooped down, seized effortlessly a large fish and flew right over our heads and landed on a tree.
Sorry, can’t guarantee that happening every time!
One final thought, even though we are having an unusually warm February, you may have to be outside for long periods of time – so dress warmly.
Here are more details on the entire day.