— Don’t Miss Your Chance to View More than 100 Bald Eagles on the South Shoreline of Onondaga Lake at Destiny USA —
Syracuse, NY (March 14, 2023) – Millions of people visit Destiny USA every year from all over the world, but did you know that the United States’ living symbol of freedom and strength, loves to hang out here as well? This winter, you can find up to 100 Bald Eagles perched along Destiny USA’s Onondaga Lake shoreline. You’ll know they are there when you see birdwatchers and their large cameras parked at the edge of the parking lot, closest to the lake.
As we reach peak viewing season for the eagles, Destiny USA reached out to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New York Field Office and they gave some pretty good insight into these majestic and beautiful animals.
1. Why do the eagles flock to this side of the lake (Destiny USA shoreline) in the winter?
Feeding mostly on fish, and sometimes on mammals, carrion, or other birds, eagles can more easily find this prey also gathering near water in the wintertime. Food sources can be scarce at this time of year, so eagles move to open water sources, like the south end of Onondaga Lake, to fish or find other animals. Onondaga Lake is designated as an IBA (Important Bird Area), where it provides habitat and food resources for many different birds in the otherwise urban area outside of Syracuse, NY.
2. What’s the highest number of eagles spotted there at one time?
According to Audubon New York over 100 bald eagles have been seen gathered at the south end of Onondaga Lake at one time. (Audubon, NY).
3. When is the best time of day to look for bald eagles?
Bald eagles are most active in the early morning (between 7-9 am) and the late afternoon (4-5 pm) but could be spotted at any time throughout the day from the Destiny USA parking area.
For more information about the eagles at Destiny USA from our friends at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, including FAQ’s, insider tricks, and best practices for visiting the eagles safely, please visit DestinyUSA.com/Eagles