January 2015 NewsFlash

Delaware Highlands Conservancy Announces Winter Eagle-Watching Events

Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and our partners for a series of eagle-watching events all winter long in PA and NY, including guided bus tours, the second annual Eagle Day at the Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, and live music and live birds of prey with “Little Sparrow and the Eagles.”

Join the Conservancy on a guided eagle-viewing bus trip, scheduled on multiple weekends throughout January and February. 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.

Seats on trips are limited, and reservations are required, so reserve your space today for the following 2015 winter trips (Fee: $15 for members, $20 for non-members). Call the Conservancy at 570-226-3164 or 845-583-1010 or email to register.

• January 17th
• January 31st
• February 7th
• February 14th

The trips commence at the Upper Delaware Visitor Center in Lackawaxen, PA and run from 10am-1pm. Be sure to dress warmly in layers and wear waterproof boots. Bring binoculars, camera, snacks, and a bagged lunch. Snow dates for the trips are the Sundays immediately following. *Check for the most up-to-date information and any additional trips. Refunds are not given in the event of cancelled reservations.

On January 24th, join the Conservancy and Lacawac Sanctuary for Eagle Day, a free afternoon of fun for the whole family.
On the 24th, join us at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center in Hawley, PA and enjoy “Live Birds of Prey” presentations with Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center (two opportunities at 1:30pm and again at 3pm) and hands-on activities for all ages to learn about eagles and other native birds--including building an eagle's nest! *Note - you do not need to register in advance for this program.

Join the Conservancy on February 14th at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg, NY for "Little Sparrow and the Eagles”—live Americana music and a fascinating “Live Birds of Prey” presentation from Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center. Doors open at 1:30 with talented local band Little Sparrow taking the stage at 2pm. At 3:30pm, enjoy “Close Encounters with Birds of Prey,” and experience the majesty of hawks, falcons, owls, and eagles up close. This event is open to the public; seating is first-come, first-served, with a suggested $5 donation at the door.

The Upper Delaware Visitor Center at 176 Scenic Drive in Lackawaxen, PA 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 December through mid-March and open to visitors from 10am-4pm.

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy has also partnered with the NPS and the New York State Department of Conservation to maintain two well-marked viewing areas in the Mongaup Valley on the Rio and Mongaup Falls reservoirs. 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 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 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, please call 570-226-3164, 845-583-1010, or send an email to

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