LAKE WALLENPAUPACK - Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and their partners for a series of eagle-watching events all winter long, including guided bus tours and Eagle Day at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. 

Bus tours 

Join the Conservancy on a guided eagle-viewing bus trip, 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 2018 winter trips (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.

The dates are all on a Saturday:

January 13 January 27 February 10 February 17

The trips commence at the Upper Delaware Visitor Center in Lackawaxen and run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Be sure to 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 Day 

On Saturday, January 6th, join the Conservancy, Brookfield Renewable, and other local environmental organizations for Eagle Day, a free afternoon of fun for the whole family at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center off Route 6 near Hawley.

Enjoy a “Live Birds of Prey” presentation with Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center and hands-on activities provided by Lacawac Sanctuary for all ages to learn about eagles and other native birds.  Note - you do not need to register in advance for this program, but it is very popular and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. 

Eagle watching on your own 

The Upper Delaware Visitor Center at 176 Scenic Drive in Lackawaxen is generously provided by the National Park Service (NPS) 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 film, and view new interpretative exhibits.

The Visitor Center is staffed on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February, beginning January 6th, and open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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. 

One of the largest

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 the American Eagle Foundation; Orange and Rockland; Sullivan County; and The Philadelphia Foundation. The February 10th 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.  For more information, please call 570-226-3164, 845-583-1010, or send an email to info@delawarehighlands.org.