HAWLEY, Pa. – The Delaware Highlands Conservancy will have eagle-watching activities all winter long, including the annual Eagle Watch bus tours in January and February.
The Conservancy will have a guided eagle-viewing bus tour with an expert guide on Jan. 12, Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9. Participants will 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.
Seats are limited, and reservations are required. The fee is $15 for members, $25 for non-members. Get tickets online at DelawareHighlands.org/events or call 570-226-3164 or 845-583-1010.
The trips begin at the Upper Delaware Visitor Center in Lackawaxen, Pa. (now located inside the Zane Grey Museum, 135 Scenic Drive) and run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dress warmly in layers and wear waterproof boots. Bring binoculars, camera, and snacks. Snow dates for the trips are the Sundays immediately following. Check DelawareHighlands.org for the most up-to-date information and any additional trips. Refunds are not given in the event of cancelled reservations.
Eagle watching on your own
The Upper Delaware Visitor Center in Lackawaxen, Pa. is provided by the National Park Service and staffed by Conservancy volunteers. It 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 interpretive exhibits. The Visitor Center 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 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. Visit DelawareHighlands.org/Eagles 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, and in Pike and Wayne counties in Pennsylvania, provide a safe haven for these migratory birds, as well as breeding eagles that live here year-round.