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Secret Lives of Scavengers…A Trail Camera Project

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  • Oct. 20, 2019, 2pm
  • Wave Hill
  • West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx
  • Teen, Adult
  • $10; $6 students and seniors 65 and older; $4 children 6–18; free for members and children younger than 6

What happens to a deer when it dies in the woods? Lots! A parade of scavengers, from common raven to bald eagle to bobcat, recycle the carcass in short order. Using dramatic images captured by motion activated cameras, Dr. Ed McGowan, Director of Science at the Trailside Museums & Zoo, with the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, chronicles the expected and unexpected wild animals drawn to the life-supporting protein of a dead deer. These images captured in NY State Parks reveal the importance of scavenging for regional rarities, such as the golden eagle, and the risks to wildlife from lead poisoning from unrecovered hunter-shot deer.

About Wave Hill

West 249th Street and Independence Avenue

Bronx, NY


    Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.