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Delaware Highlands Conservancy Announces Eagle Watch Bus Tours

By: Contributed Photo | Stephen Davis
Join the Conservancy for an eagle-watching activity this winter season.
HAWLEY, PA and BETHEL - Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for eagle-watching all winter long, including our popular series of Eagle Watch bus tours in January and February.
Bus Tours
Join the Conservancy on a guided eagle-viewing bus tour, scheduled on 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 bald eagles and their habitat.
Seats on trips are limited, and reservations are required, so reserve your space today for the following 2019 winter trips (Fee: $15 for members, $25 for non-members). Get tickets online at www.DelawareHighlands.
org/events or call 570-226-3164/845-583-1010.
• January 12th
• January 26th
• February 2nd
• February 9th
The trips commence at the Upper Delaware Visitor Center in Lackawaxen, PA (now located inside the Zane Grey Museum, 135 Scenic Drive) and run from 10am-1pm. Dress warmly in layers and wear waterproof boots. Bring binoculars, camera, and snacks. Snow dates for the trips are the Sundays immediately following. Check www.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 generously 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, beginning January 5th, 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 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 www.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, 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 Sullivan County; The Philadelphia Foundation; and the William Penn Foundation. The February 9th bus trip is donated by the Estate of Becky Finch.
The Delaware Highlands Conservancy works with landowners and communities to protect the natural heritage and quality of life of the Upper Delaware River region.





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