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2017-08-09 / Outdoor Life

Golden Eagles in the Catskills


Peg DiBenedetto is seen with an immature Red Tailed Hawk. 
Contributed Photo Peg DiBenedetto is seen with an immature Red Tailed Hawk. Contributed Photo MOUNT TREMPER — Golden Eagles are considered by many to be exclusively a migratory bird in the Catskills, but Peg DiBenedetto is making a case that the birds do much more than simply pass through. According to recent work of the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, there is evidence that a small population of the eagles are over-wintering in the Catskills, and that upstate New York is part of their regular habitat.

On Saturday, Aug. 12, from 7-8 p.m. in the “Great Room” of the Emerson Resort and Spa in Mount Tremper, DiBenedetto will present “Golden Eagles in the Catskills,” as the second offering of the exclusive member program series of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development.

It is challenging to discern the difference between a golden and a juvenile bald, and their habitat is not nearly as easy to stumble on as the bald, but thanks to a group of three people who have been working on the Eastern Golden Eagle project, there is a definite case to be made that golden eagles are a regular part of the Catskill fauna.


An Eastern Golden Eagle is shown here. 
Contributed Photo An Eastern Golden Eagle is shown here. Contributed Photo The size and extent of the population is still being explored with camera trap photos and telemetry data, the natural history of this species is slowly unfolding. DiBenedetto and her husband, Michael, have been working on the project, and she will present an overview of eastern golden eagles, their local habits and behaviors, migratory routes, and the discovery methods they have had, working with the project

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