Birds of a Feather Flock Together for Teatown’s EagleFest

Connecticut’s Youngest Falconer is Featured Guest at EagleFest

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Intobirds’ is thrilled our favorite wildlife rehabilitator and the youngest falconer in Connecticut, Christine Peyreigne of Christine’s Critters, is a featured guest at the 16th Annual Teatown Hudson River EagleFest taking place on February 8 at Croton Park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

EagleFest celebrates the Bald Eagle’s winter migration to the Hudson River and is hosted by Teatown, a nonprofit environmental education center and nature preserve.

IntoBirds love these types of organizations and is proud to help support them.

A Passion for Birds of Prey

And we love to support Christine and her passion for helping injured birds of prey get a second chance at life in the wild.

Christine is proof that following your passion offers great personal reward, and in her case, it helps save our injured birds of prey.

At age 14, Christine knew she wanted to dedicate her life to working with animals, so she began volunteering with various wildlife organizations to learn more about caring for birds of prey.

Becoming a licensed general class falconer at 16, she began hunting with her falconry bird, a Red-tailed Hawk named Theron.

Christine Peyreigne of Christine’s Critters with her falcon bird, a Red-tailed Hawk named Theron
Christine Peyreigne of Christine’s Critters with her falcon bird, a Red-tailed Hawk named Theron

At age 18, she became a trained wildlife rehabilitator.

Now 22, she owns and operates Christine’s Critters, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) created in 2015 whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release injured birds of prey.

In 2019, Christine Critters took in 252 injured birds of prey.

For those of us who love birds, we’re lucky to have Christine and her incredible talents to care for them.

Search her name on intoBirds, and you’ll see several stories featuring her important work.

READ: FEMALE FALCONER GIVES INJURED BIRDS OF PREY SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE IN THE WILD

Bird Ambassadors Tell a Story

Christine has several beautiful birds of prey bird ambassadors, and each has a story to tell.

The stories are informative and inspiring as her flock.

Christine never travels light.

Her pals for this event include a stunning lineup of raptors.

Aurora, a stunning Bald Eagle.

Christine with her beautiful Bald Eagle named Aurora
Christine with her beautiful Bald Eagle named Aurora

Manilla, a gorgeous Northern Goshawk.

Equinox, a Peregrine Falcon.

And a few owl friends helping to educate everyone about the importance of humans coexisting with nature.

If you live in the tri-state area on February 8, take a trip to the Teatown Hudson River EagleFest to catch Christine’s presentation.

READ: IF REHABBED BIRDS OF PREY COULD TALK

EagleFest Lineup

Christine is part of a superb lineup, including award-winning filmmaker, adventurer, and six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council, Jon Bowermaster.

As well as the region’s leading raptor and environmental experts, Bill Streeter, Brian Robinson, and Brian Bradley.

They’ll lead live bird of prey shows and demonstrations, and nature-related workshops for guests of all ages.

Let’s not forget about the real star of the show, the wintering eagles, available for your viewing pleasure.

And if you’re lucky, a few other birds of prey friends might stop by for some fun.

The stars of Teatown's EagleFest are the wintering Bald Eagles
The stars of Teatown’s EagleFest are the wintering Bald Eagles

EagleFest Celebrates Wintering Eagles

This is the first year intoBirds is attending this event, and we hear there’s heated tents and an array of food trucks for our dining pleasure.

Best of all, Teatown has an ambitious goal of producing just one bag of trash for the entire day of EagleFest.

Depending on where you live, you can get to EagleFest by train and further reduce your carbon footprint.

Teatown is also providing EagleFest bus tours with Teatown educators on board, offering an in-depth view of eagles in their habitat.

EagleFest celebrates the Bald Eagle’s winter migration to the Hudson River
EagleFest celebrates the Bald Eagle’s winter migration to the Hudson River

Tours travel from New Croton Dam up to George’s Island Park in Montrose.

Tour are from 9:30am to 11:30am, and 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

Bus tours are intended for guests ages 12 and over.

Tickets are $35 and don’t include admission to Eagle Headquarters. To sign up for the bus tours, call (914) 762-2912.

Grab your tickets online for EagleFest here.

See complete EagleFest schedule here.

We’re excited about EagleFest and look forward to seeing you there.

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