Winter Visitors: Eagle Habitat is Our Habitat

Reprinted with permission from the October 2013 Highlands Journal newsletter of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy.

Eagle 1- by Stephen Davis

Photos© by Stephen Davis.
Bald Eagles can best be viewed in the Upper Delaware in January and February.

In our region, the term “winter snowbirds” has a unique meaning to many: bald eagles! While numerous species head south for warmer climates this time of year—including humans—bald eagles head to the Upper Delaware. Why?

The same environment that attracts and sustains us—clean water, clean air, undisturbed and unfragmented forests—helps hundreds of bald eagles survive the cold winter months.

When lakes and rivers freeze as far north as Labrador, 900 miles away from the Delaware River, bald eagles head south—to our backyard—to open water where they can find fresh fish and large stands of trees where they can perch and rest. Protected lands in Sullivan County, New York and Pike and Wayne Counties in Pennsylvania provide a safe haven for these migratory birds.

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust, works in the Upper Delaware River region of PA and NY in partnership with landowners and communities to protect healthy lands and forests, clean waters, eagles and eagle habitat, locally sustainable economies, and quality of life.

Your support of the Conservancy works to ensure the Upper Delaware River region remains healthy for eagles and people.

Keep your eyes to the skies!

Eagle 2 by Stephen Davis

Photos© by Stephen Davis.
Bald Eagles can best be viewed in the Upper Delaware in January and February.

Opportunities for Eagle Watching

The Conservancy has a number of activities planned for the winter months to help celebrate the bald eagle. Join us for guided field trips or stop by the Winter Field Office on Scenic Drive in Lackawaxen, PA at the foot of the Roebling Bridge, with its new interpretative exhibits and short documentary. Then venture out on your own to talk with trained volunteers ready to assist at the viewing areas (Friday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays 9-4, January and February).

 Your Calendar for Winter Fun

Join an expert guide on a heated bus and take a scenic drive throughout the Upper Delaware River region to look for and learn about eagles and the impacts of habitat loss. Be sure to dress warmly in layers and wear waterproof boots. Bring binoculars, camera, snacks, and a bagged lunch. Fee: $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Call the Conservancy at 570-226-3164 or 845-583-1010 or email info@delawarehighlands.org to register unless otherwise noted.

Space is very limited and reservations are required for all Eagle Watch trips.

Check the Delaware Highlands event page for the most up-to-date information and additional trips. Refunds are not given in the event of cancelled reservations

WINTER 2014 SCHEDULE:

Saturday, January 18th – Eagle Tour, Winter Field Office, Lackawaxen, PA, 9am-12pm.

Saturday, January 25th – Eagle Day!  PPL Environmental Learning Center, Hawley, PA, 1pm-4pm.

Join the Conservancy, PPL, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, and other local organizations for an educational, fun (and free!) Eagle Day for the whole family. Enjoy a presentation with live birds from Bill Streeter, help to build an eagle’s nest, and participate in other fun activities. Contact PPL at 570-253-7001 or pplpreserves@pplweb.com for details.

Saturday, February 1st – Eagle Tour with NEPA Audubon Society, Winter Field Office, Lackawaxen, PA, 9am-12pm.

The guide on this bus tour will focus on eagle biology, our unique habitat, and how the eagles recovered from the brink of extinction. Call Bob at 570-676-9969 or email jeanbob@ptd.net for reservations.

Saturday, February 8th – Eagle Tour, Winter Field Office, Lackawaxen, PA, 9am-12pm.

Saturday, February 15th –Marion “Becky” Finch Memorial Excursion; Winter Field Office, Lackawaxen, PA, 9am-12pm.

Join us to pay tribute to long-time supporter and volunteer in the most fitting way we know how: by sharing the awesome eagle-watching experience.

For more information on the Conservancy and how it connects people to the lands where they live, work, and play, or to learn more about protecting your land, visit www.DelawareHighlands.org, call 570-226-3164 or 845-583-1010, or email info@delawarehighlands.org.

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