For Immediate Release February 5, 2010
New “EagleCam” allows online viewing of Croton River Estuary.
[Croton-on-Hudson, February 5, 2010] The Village of Croton-on-Hudson, the Croton-Harmon School District, and Teatown Lake Reservation and Canon USA, Inc., are delighted to announce launch of “EagleCam” during the popular EagleFest. The ribbon cutting for the camera will take place at 10:30 am, Saturday, February 6, 2010, at the Kornu Echo Canoe Launch at the southern end of the Croton Harmon Train Station parking lot.
Canon USA generously donated the high quality video camera as well as the software that allows online viewers to drive the camera. The Village
donated the labor and material to mount the camera at the Theodore Kornu Echo Canoe Launch and will underwrite the needed bandwidth and host the camera’s webpage. The School District will integrate use of the camera as a remote observation tool for science classes. Teatown will use the camera to highlight the year-round presence of bird life in the estuary.
The collaborators chose this location for its excellent panoramic view of the Croton River estuary as it meets the Hudson River. Waterfowl, raptor, migratory wading and perching birds are common visitors to the estuary. The unveiling is timed to coincide with the weekend of the sixth annual EagleFest, coordinated by Teatown, an event that draws over 4,000 visitors to Croton Point Park and surrounding
sites to view bald eagles in their overwintering in this region of the Hudson Valley. Canon’s VC-C50i camera delivers high-quality video from far distances and under the dimmest lighting conditions.
“Seeing is believing. We owe this lens onto our very active estuary to the foresight of the late Michael Ames of Canon, to whom the EagleCam is dedicated, and Croton resident Mitchell Bring for being the driving force behind this partnership over the past two years.” Leo Wiegman, mayor of Croton-on-Hudson.
“Long after today’s
EagleFest is over, web visitors will be able to watch for eagles and other wildlife that depend on a healthy Croton Bay and Hudson River. Equally importantly, the EagleCam provides a high-tech tool allowing area residents to stay better connected to their local fauna and flora–and consequently, it strengthens community resolve to conserve nature.” Dr. Fred Koontz, executive director of Teatown Lake Reservation.
Event parking is free in Lots A & J of the Croton Harmon Station Parking lot with free shuttle bus service between the station, the lots, the canoe launch viewing tent and the main
pavillion at Croton Point Park.