The profound impact that the guests of honor have on the crowds continues to keep visitors flocking to Newburyport each year. The appeal of the large birds could partly be due to their rarity, or their powerful size, Vokey said.
“Everybody has a story about eagles,” Vokey said. Often, as she’s checking guests in, they will share their experiences seeing the birds, she added.
“Eagles mean a lot to people,” she said. “People really feel connected to eagles. You look at an eagle’s face ... and you can interpret human characteristics from it. You can really interpret their expression.”
The Eagle Festival is sponsored by The Daily News of Newburyport and the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank. For more details about the Merrimack River Eagle Festival and a complete listing of events, visit the website, www.massaudubon.org/eaglefestival.
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