Sheffield Mills preparing to host thousands of visitors for Eagle Watch weekends
Sheffield Mills, N.S., preparing to host thousands of visitors for Eagle Watch weekends.
The eagles are plentiful, as will be the number of visitors converging on Sheffield Mills.
As has been the case for several years now, Sheffield Mills Eagle Watch will take place over two weekends, Jan. 26 and 27 and Feb. 2 and 3. This will be the 28th annual event.
Meg Hodges, a resident of the community for about six years and a member of the Sheffield Mills Community Association’s executive, said Eagle Watch is one of the few times during the year that everyone in the community gets together to work on a common project.
For those hoping to observe eagles, they will be fed chickens donated by area farmers in the field at the corner of Middle Dyke and Bains roads at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. all four Eagle Watch mornings.
Hodges said it’s exciting to see so many eagles around this winter. She was at her neighbour’s home the other day and saw a convocation of up to three dozen fly up from a pond behind the house.
“They’re here and they’re hungry, so it will be a good show,” she said.
Another crowd favourite is the pancake breakfast, taking place at the Sheffield Mills Community Hall all four mornings from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children younger than 12 and children under age four get in for free. There will be live music and the menu consists of pancakes made from scratch with ingredients provided by Eos Natural Foods and sausages from the Canning Village Meat Market. There will be Oxford blueberry sauce and Warren Family maple syrup to top it off. Just Us! Coffee Roasters will provide hot beverages, there will be apple juice from Great Valley Juices and apple cider from Richard Hennigar of Suprima Farms. There will also be local eggs available as a glutenfree option.
Members of the Blomidon Naturalists Society will be upstairs in the hall talking about eagles and their habitat and representatives from Ducks Unlimited will have a booth.
“There will be lots of information out there for people who want to learn more about eagles and why they come to Sheffield Mills,” Hodges said.
Ross Creek Centre for the Arts will be upstairs in the hall on Jan. 26 with eagle-themed crafts for kids and there will be eagle-related art on display.
When Eagle Watch began 27 years ago, about 100 people were served breakfast, mostly from the vicinity of Sheffield Mills. Last year, about 5,000 people were served over the four days of the event.
Hodges said organizing such a large fundraising event has been a great learning experience in many ways and she wouldn’t know as many people in Sheffield Mills if it weren’t for the event.
Organizer Meg Hodges says there has recently been an abundance of eagles in the Sheffield Mills area.