Monday, December 14, 2015

Delaware Highlands Conservancy Announces Winter Eagle Watching Events

Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and its partners for a series of eagle-watching events all winter long, including guided bus tours and the third annual Eagle Day at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center.
Bus Tours
Join the Conservancy on a guided eagle-viewing bus trip, scheduled on January 16 and 30 and February 6 and 13 and learn from an expert guide and take a scenic drive on a heated bus throughout the Upper Delaware River region to look for and learn about magnificent bald eagles and their habitat.
The trips commence at the Upper Delaware Visitor Center in Lackawaxen, Pike County and run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Be sure to dress warmly in layers and wear waterproof boots. Bring binoculars, camera, and snacks. Snow dates for the trips are the Sundays immediately following.
Check the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for the most up-to-date information and any additional trips. Refunds are not given in the event of canceled reservations.
Seats on trips are limited, and reservations are required, so reserve your space today. Fee: $15 for members, $20 for non-members). Call the Conservancy at 570-226-3164 or 845-583-1010 or send email to: to register.
Eagle Day January 23
On January 23, join the Conservancy and Talen Energy for Eagle Day, a free afternoon of fun for the whole family.  
Visit the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center in Hawley, Wayne County and enjoy “Live Birds of Prey” presentations with Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center with two opportunities at 1:00 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. and hands-on activities provided by Lacawac Sanctuary for all ages to learn about eagles and other native birds.  
Note, you do not need to register in advance for this program, but it is very popular and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Eagle Watching On Your Own
The Upper Delaware Visitor Center at 176 Scenic Drive in Lackawaxen, Pike County is generously provided by the National Park Service and is a center of information for visitors looking to learn more about viewing and protecting eagles.
Visitors can pick up information about the bald eagle in the Upper Delaware River region, get maps and directions to eagle viewing locations, watch a short documentary, and view new interpretative exhibits.
The Lackawaxen office is staffed on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February and open to visitors from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Delaware Highlands Conservancy has also partnered with the NPS and the New York State Department of Conservation to maintain well-marked Eagle Observation Areas open to the public.
These viewing blinds are also staffed by Conservancy volunteers on weekends through the winter season, and visitors can look through binoculars and spotting scopes to see magnificent bald eagles in the wild.
Visit the Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s Eagle webpage for directions and information about eagle viewing on your own.
The Upper Delaware River region is one of the largest wintering habitats for eagles in the northeast United States because of abundant clean water and large, undisturbed stands of trees.
Protected lands in Sullivan County, NY and Pike and Wayne Counties in PA provide a safe haven for these migratory birds, as well as breeding eagles that live here year-round.
Twenty years ago there was just one eagle’s nest in PA and one in NY—now, there are hundreds in each state.
The Conservancy’s Eagle Watch program is supported in part by grant funding from the American Eagle Foundation; the Land Trust Alliance; Orange and Rockland; Sullivan County; and The Philadelphia Foundation.
The Delaware Highlands Conservancy works with landowners and communities to protect the healthy lands, clean waters, eagles and other wildlife, and locally sustainable economies of the Upper Delaware River region.
For more information, visit the Delaware Highlands Conservancy website, call 570-226-3164 or 845-583-1010, or send email to:  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Conservancy.

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