Bald Eagles Spotted in Palisades

Dated: April 18 2012

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    I saw my first bald eagle on a raft trip down the Snake River in the Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming in 1968.  It was a majestic sight, and one that I never thought I'd experience here in Rockland County.  Well, every once in a while things get done right.  In this case, it was the banning of the insecticide DDT, which caused eagles to lay thin-shelled eggs which cracked under their weight.  With the chemical out of the food chain, bald eagles, along with hawks and vultures, have made a comeback in this area.  One of my gym buddies lives in Snedens Landing in Palisades, and she sent me a photo of a nesting pair of eagles who decided to grace her property in that community with their presence.  Their rather imposing nest is situated high up in a pine tree right on the edge of the palisades, with a commanding view of the Hudson River.  This is the same neighborhood that hosted a pair of panthers a couple of years back, and I guess the moral is that some wild animals are better judges of property value than we ever thought possible.

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Thano Schoppel

I have been a resident of Tappan for forty years, and still live in the 1860 Italianate Victorian house my wife Jean and I bought all those years ago. I have always been active in the community, inclu....

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