Schoharie County Eagle Trail officially opens


L. to R. Stephen A. Harris, CEO Sterling Insurance, Board Director & Founding Member, SEEC; Jason Brizzee, Student Intern with SEEC; Dannielle Combs, Bill Combs, Jr. Photography; Bill Combs, Jr., Trail Ambassador & Wildlife Photographer; NYS DEC Officer Melissa Burgess; Julie Pacatte, Executive Director, SEEC; Dr. Michael Losito. Ph.D., Certified Wildlife Biologist, SUNY Cobleskill Professor; Brian Cody, Morning Show Host, WGNA-FM 107.7

SCHOHARIE COUNTY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corp. (SEEC) and nationally acclaimed wildlife Photographer, Bill Combs, Jr., have partnered to create the Schoharie
County Eagle Trail. The two hosted a Virtual Launch Event Saturday to officially kick off the first trail tours.

“We couldn’t be more excited to finally see this project come to fruition,” said Julie
Pacatte, Executive Director of SEEC. The trail will attract locals and travelers alike. “Not
only will trail-goers catch a glimpse of the magnificent birds, we encourage the
birdwatchers to frequent the area restaurants and shops stimulating the local economy.”

“I am out on the trail every day, watching the birds, studying their
habits, and I knew this was something that needed to be shared, and enjoyed by more
than just me.” Combs continued, “The eagles are creatures of habit, and like to stay
close to home, so it can be most assured that a visit to the trail will result in eagle

To prepare for the launch, SEEC and Combs announced a naming contest in
February to find names for the Cobleskill Eagle pair. So many submissions were
received that the organization reportedly partnered with Townsquare Media’s WGNA-FM 107.7 for a
listeners’ poll to determine the winner, and the new names of the Cobleskill Eagles, who
are said to be sitting on their nest in hopes of hatching a couple of eaglets soon.

The new names of the Cobleskill Eagles are John Jacob & Anna Maria, paying homage
to the original settlers of Cobleskill. Second place is Jack & Diane, and coming in third is
Liberty & Justice. The individuals who submitted John Jacob & Anna Maria in the
February contest will join Combs on a guided tour of the Eagle Trail at a later date.

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