Monday, December 11, 2017

Delaware Highlands Conservancy Winter Eagle-Watching Events In Jan., Feb.

Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and our partners for a series of eagle-watching events all winter long, including guided bus tours starting at Upper Delaware Visitor Center in Lackawaxen, Pike County and Eagle Day at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, 126 PPL Drive, Hawley, Wayne County.
Bus Tours
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 bald eagles and their habitat.
The trips are scheduled for January 13 and 27 and February 10 and 17.
The trips start at the Upper Delaware Visitor Center in Lackawaxen, Pike County and run from 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 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.
Click Here for more information and the most up-to-date information and any additional trips. Refunds are not given in the event of cancelled reservations.
Eagle Day January 6
On January 6, join the Conservancy, Brookfield Renewable, and other local environmental organizations for Eagle Day, a free afternoon of fun for the whole family at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center in Hawley in Pike County.
Enjoy a “Live Birds of Prey” presentation with Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center 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. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
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 film, and view new interpretative exhibits.
The Visitor Center is staffed on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February, beginning January 6, and open to visitors from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Delaware Highlands Conservancy has also partnered with the National Park Service 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 bald eagles in the wild. Click Here 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.
The Conservancy’s Eagle Watch program is supported in part by grant funding from the American Eagle Foundation; Orange and Rockland; Sullivan County; and The Philadelphia Foundation. The February 10 bus trip is donated by the Estate of Becky Finch.
For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the Delaware Highlands Conservancy website or call 570-226-3164 or 845-583-1010..  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Conservancy, Like on Facebook and Follow on Twitter.   Click Here to support their work.
(Photo by Stephen Davis.)

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