April 29 at 8:30 AM
This year the Steel Valley Trail Council’s (SVTC) annual ride will celebrate the success of the various “raptor” (bird) nests that were found on the trail last year, including a visit to the Hays Bald Eagle nest which attained worldwide attention in 2014 when the video of the unsuccessful raccoon attack was broadcast around the world. This nest site has seen more than its share of drama the last five years. Earlier this year, after the nest tree fell, destroying the nest and first egg, the eagles quickly recovered and built a new nest and laid another egg.
The ride will begin with a short ride to the great horned owl nest under the Homestead Grays Bridge which unfortunately is inactive this year. However, a representative of the animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center will be on the trail at this site with a rescued owl. The ride will continue to a red tail hawk nest on the train bridge next to the Pump House and a possible second red tail hawk nest just past the Rankin Bridge. From there the ride will continue east past Kennywood to the osprey nest in the area of the former Duquesne Steel Works. After visiting the osprey nest, riders will have the option of a very short ride to see the hidden Thompson Run Waterfall before turning around and heading back to the Waterfront.
Going past the previous nesting sites and Waterfront, riders will then head towards the Hays Bald Eagle nest site where Pittsburgh National Aviary ornithologist Bob Mulvihill will be present. At the Hays Bald Eagle Nest you will have the option of another additional short ride that will answer the intriguing question: “Are there active beavers living in the Monongahela River along the trail?”
In addition, there will be knowledgeable members of the Three Rivers Bird Club (3RBC) at all of the nest sites. They will have their scopes and be able to point out the location of the actual nests and any raptors that may be present. They have in-depth knowledge of the raptors and the histories of the various nests. The representatives along the trail will also include two local wildlife photographers with copies of some of their pictures of the raptors.
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Registration & Check-in: 8:00 AM for VIP Riders; Starting at 8:30 AM for other riders
Ride Start: Limited guided VIP Ride starts at 8:30 AM; All other rides start from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
Starting Point: Town Center at the Waterfront in Homestead, PACost of the Ride:
Pre-registration (until April 22nd via postal mail, online ends on April 25th):$25 per persons, $40 for two riders (Children 16 & Under – no charge)
On the Day of the Event:$30 per person, $50 for two riders (Children16 & Under – no charge)
VIP ride (Limited Space Available – Please Register Online):
$35 per person; $60 for two riders (Children16 & Under – no charge)