Inwood Hill Park
The Daily Plant : Friday, June 18, 2004
WITH OPEN WINGS, INWOOD HILL PARK EMBRACES FOUR YOUNG EAGLES
Thursday, June 10, 2004 marked the arrival of four eaglets to Manhattan’s Inwood Hill Park as part of the Bald Eagle Introduction Program. In its third year, this five-year program seeks to re-introduce the species into the wilds of New York City. As part of the Endangered Species Recovery Programs of both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, four young eaglets from the State of Wisconsin have a new home in Inwood Hill Park.
"Our Eagle Reintroduction Program welcomes these majestic birds back to New York City," said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. "We look forward to seeing them sail across our skyline, visit the Palisades, hunt the city’s lakes and rivers, and rest atop its landmarks."
The eaglets will live in two 6’X 6’ "hack boxes," tree houses located at high elevations in the park. The eaglets will dine on fish donated by Fairway Market and will be blindly fed to avoid human contact.
BP, for the third year, donated money to make this project possible. This funding helps Parks & Recreation’s Urban Park Rangers provide 24-hour surveillance of the eaglets using innovative technology. Upon arrival to Inwood Hill Park, each eaglet was outfitted with a harness carrying a tiny radio transmitter "backpack" so that the Urban Park Rangers can keep track of the birds. The eaglets will also sport both a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a Department of Environmental Conservation leg band.
In the coming weeks, the doors to the boxes will be opened for the eagles to explore their surroundings. They first go through the "brancher" stage, in which they investigate their immediate surroundings before trying to fly. They jump and bounce on branches to exercise their massive wings. Soon after that, they take the big leap and try their first flight. This is almost always a clumsy and potentially dangerous event. It can take them days to return to where they began, in this case their hack boxes. At around 16 weeks of age, they have gained enough flying expertise that they begin leaving the hack site. Sometimes they drag this departure out, lingering nearby for a few days; other times, they fly up the Hudson River in search of other bald eagles. Subadult bald eagles usually live together in groups, the younger ones learning how to hunt and scavenge for food from their elders.
Parks & Recreation has placed a live web cam at the eaglets’ tree house, allowing bald eagle lovers of all ages to chart the fledglings’ progress via the Internet. To see the young eagles up close, please visit www.nyc.gov/parks.
Written by Yvonne McDermott
OLYMPIC TORCH TO SET CITY AGLOW
On Saturday, June 19, the Olympic Torch arrives in New York City as part of its first-ever global journey. Cheer on the torchbearers and they wend their way through the five boroughs. Here is a list of select locations along the route and estimated times of arrival:
Athens Square Park
10:30 a.m. 30th Street & 30th Avenue
Broadway & Steinway Street
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Fresh Pond Road & 59th Drive
Fort Greene Park
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Myrtle Avenue & Washington Park
Broadway & Chambers Street
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Richmond County Ballpark
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
West Side Highway & 23rd Street
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. 6th Avenue & 41st Street
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Central Park S. & 59th St.
Frederick Douglas Circle
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Frederick Douglas Blvd & Central Park North
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Duke Ellington Circle
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 5th Avenue & 110th Street
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. 5th Avenue & 79th Street
Grand Army Plaza
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 5th Avenue & 59th Street
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 5th Avenue & 51st Street
Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street
9 p.m. –10 p.m.
10 p.m. - 11 p.m.
To download a map of the route, log onto the City's website atwww.nyc.gov . Visit the ATHENS 2004 Olympic web site for more general information about the worldwide relay at www.athens2004.com .
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
"Once in seven years I burn all my sermons;
for it is a shame if I cannot write better
sermons now than I did seven years ago."
Founder of Methodist Church
Directions to Inwood Hill Park
Know Before You Go
Inwood Hill Nature Center
Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, this facility is closed until further notice.
- A Lenape Meal At Inwood Hill Park
- Urban Park Rangers Present An Experience To Travel Back In Time And Live Off The Land
- Born To Be Wildlife: New Yorkers Learn About Their Furry And Feathered Friends At Urban Wildlife Appreciation Day