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  •  Guided eagle viewing tours planned

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    The Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Eagle Institute will have seven guided eagle-viewing bus trips, scheduled on multiple weekends throughout January and February. There will be experienced and knowledgeable guides with each tour. Unless otherwise noted, the trips commence at the Delaware Highlands Conservancy Winter Field Office in Lackawaxen, PA.
    The National Park Service provides the Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Eagle Institute's winter field office in Lackawaxen, PA where visitors can watch and learn about eagles.
    At the institute, visitors can pick up information about the bald eagle in the Upper Delaware River region, get maps and directions to eagle viewing locations along the Upper Delaware and Lackawaxen, and watch an informative video. Knowledgeable volunteers and staff are available to answer questions about the Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Eagle Institute. The Lackawaxen office is staffed on Saturdays and Sundays throughout January and February and open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Seats on trips are limited, and reservations are required.
    On Jan. 19, Climate Change Eagle Trip at the Lackawaxen Field Office, PA, from 10a.m. To1p.m. Will provide people with an opportunity to enjoy eagle viewing while being educated about the impacts of climate change on regional wildlife, including eagles and their habitats. Reservations are required and it is $12.50 per person. Call the Conservancy at (570)226-3164 or (845)583-1010 or email
    info@delawarehighlands.org to register. People should dress warmly in layers and wear waterproof boots. Bring binoculars, camera, snacks and a bagged lunch. The snow date will be: Jan. 20.
    On Jan 26, Eagle Tours with PPL, Environmental Learning Center in Hawley, PA. There will be two trips, the first will be 8:00a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and the second will be 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Katie Lester of PPL will present the tour and she will share information about how PPL's hydroelectric dam has supported the return of the bald eagle. The tour will explore eagle biology, habitat needs and proper eagle-viewing etiquette. The free program will start at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center followed by a guided eagle viewing bus tour of the Lackawaxen River. Transportation will be provided. People should dress warm. Space is very limited and registration is required; contact PPL at (570)-253-7001 or
    pplpreserves@pplweb.com
    to register. The snow date will be Jan. 27.
    On Feb 2, Eagle Tour with the NEPA Audubon Society, Lackawaxen Field Office, will take place from 10 a.m. to 1p.m.. The guide on this bus tour will focus on eagle biology, our unique habitat, and how the eagles recovered from the brink of extinction. Reservations are required; and the tour is $13 per person. Call Bob at
    (570)676-9969 or email
    jeanbob@ptd.net
    for reservations and information. People should dress warmly in layers and wear waterproof boots. Bring binoculars, camera, snacks, and a bagged lunch. The snow date will be Feb. 3.
    Page 2 of 3 - On Feb 9, Eagle Tours with the Sullivan County, Lackawaxen Field Office, PA. Will take place with two trips, the first starting at 9a.m. to 12p.m. and 1p.m. to 4p.m. People will learn specifically about Sullivan County, NY eagle habitat, including a history of the region's largest and most critical area, the Mongaup Valley Wildlife Management Area. Reservations are required and there is a cost of $12.50 per person. Call the Conservancy at (570)226-3164 or (845)583-1010 or email
    info@delawarehighlands.org
    to register. People need to specify whether they prefer the morning or afternoon trip. People should dress warmly in layers and wear waterproof boots. Bring binoculars, camera, snacks, and a bagged lunch. The snow date will be Feb. 10.
    On Feb 16, an Eagle Tour, Marion "Becky" Finch Memorial Excursion will take place at the Lackawaxen Field Office, PA and will be 10a.m. to 1p.m. This tour is meant to pay tribute to a long-time supporter and volunteer by sharing an awesome eagle watching experience. Due to donations by Becky's friends and family, the fee for this trip is only $10 per person. Reservations are required. Call the Conservancy at (570)-226-3164 or (845)-583-1010 or email
    info@delawarehighlands.org
    to register. People should dress warmly in layers and wear waterproof boots. Bring binoculars, camera, snacks, and a bagged lunch. The snow date will be Feb. 17.
    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. Twenty years ago, there was just one eagle’snest in PA and one in NY. Now, there are approximately 200 nests in each state. This tremendous success story is a direct result of the hard work of the Eagle Institute and the community and organizations like the Conservancy that work for the protection of eagles and the healthy lands and clean waters of the Upper Delaware River region.
    In February 2012, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, the region’s foremost organization for land protection and the Eagle Institute, the region’s premier organization for the protection of and public education about eagles merged in a "perfect partnership."
    The Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Eagle Institute 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-Eagle Institute volunteers on weekends through the winter season, and are great places to find information about eagles and to look through binoculars and spotting scopes to see magnificent bald eagles in the wild. Visit
    www.DelawareHighlands.org/Eagles
    for directions and information about eagle viewing on your own.
    Page 3 of 3 - 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, call (570)226-3164 or (845)583-1010, or send an email to
    info@delawarehighlands.org
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    Send an email to
    eagles@delawarehighlands.org with any questions about the Winter Field Office or the Eagle Institute in general, or call the Field Office directly at (570)685-5960 and someone will return your call as soon as possible. Visit their website at www.DelawareHighlands.org
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