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It’s eagle-viewing season

January 5, 2012

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — Bald eagles have begun their annual southward migration to the Upper Delaware region and the Eagle Institute is once again offering a variety of opportunities for safe, unobtrusive viewing, including guided habitat excursions and assistance with self-guided eagle watching at public viewing areas.

Trained Eagle Institute volunteers will begin staffing the winter field office and three viewing areas on January 7 to provide information, help spot the eagles and collect data about the eagles and the habitat conditions. The volunteers will be available for as long as the eagles remain in the region, usually through the end of February.

There will also be guided bus excursions. On Saturday, February 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 to 4:30 p.m., guide Katie Lester of PPL will share information about how PPL’s hydroelectric dam has helped in the return of the bald eagle. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. The program is free, but space is very limited. Registration is required; call 570/253-7001 or email pplpreserves@pplweb.com and indicate which trip you prefer (morning or afternoon).

On Saturday, February 11 at 10 a.m., the Delaware Highland Conservancy and the Basha Kill Association will co-sponsor an excursion focusing on Sullivan County, NY, eagle habitat, including a history of the region’s largest and most critical area, the Mongaup Valley Wildlife Management Area. Meet the bus at the Eagle Institute field office at 10 a.m.

Reservations are required; the cost is $12.50 per person. Call 570/226-3164 or 845/807-0535 to sign up with credit card or send a check to DHC at PO Box 218, Hawley, PA, 18428 with “eagle trip” in the memo line. Snow date is Sunday, February 12.