Centerport’s bald eagles and other raptors were the center of attention Saturday as their fans gathered at the Vanderbilt Museum to celebrate them and watch the release of a hawk into the wild.
The arrival of eagles that nested near the Mill Dam Pond and began producing eaglets has drawn hundreds of photographers and thousands of fans from around the world to a Facebook page created by Rob Schwartz. The page is filled with remarkable photos of the eagle pair and their offspring diving into the pond for food, building their nest, interacting with other birds and soaring over water and land.
Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who sponsored the resolution designating the day for the birds, presented Schwartz with a resolution honoring the group”s work to help protect the birds and educate residents. Numerous photos of the birds, many taken by photographers familiar to those who follow the Facebook page, were on display in a vendor tent, and the group collected pet food donations to give to animal rescue organizations.