“Bald and Golden Eagles in the Catskills” will be the topic on July 5 when biologist and wildlife rehabilitator Peg DiBenedetto discusses the come-back and natural history of these raptors at the next Wild Saturday program at John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge.
The free program about our nation’s symbol, and it’s less common cousin, is an appropriate topic for Independence Day weekend. It begins at 1 p.m. from the porch at the Lodge, located at 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, two miles off NYS Route 30. Free tours of the historic Lodge will be offered prior to and following the talk, and again from 11 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 6.
“Most of us are fortunate to see bald eagles along local streams, rivers, and reservoirs,” says DiBenedetto. “ Far more rare is the opportunity to observe the golden eagles that visit and migrate through the Catskills. Our eagle discussion will examine the differences between the species and their habitats, and will explore recent capture and telemetry of individuals in order to better understand their habits and flight patterns.”
DiBenedetto has a degree in biology from SUNY Oneonta, worked as a wildlife rehabilitator for many years, and is a volunteer with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. As an amateur biologist, her "day job" allows her to observe bald eagles and their nesting activities at the Schoharie Reservoir. Her affiliation with the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society provides her the opportunity to work on golden eagle research projects.
For information on Woodchuck Lodge programs and on literary naturalist John Burroughs, visit the Lodge’s table at the Roxbury Street Fair during the day on Saturday, or go to www.woodchucklodge.org.