Eagle-watching volunteer day
LACKAWAXEN, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy will hold an eagle-watch volunteer training day on December 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with new volunteers meeting at the Upper Delaware Visitor Center, 176 Scenic Dr., at 9 a.m. Then, new and existing volunteers will gather next door at the Inn at Lackawaxen at from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. From 12 noon to 1 p.m., attendees will visit the eagle observation areas.
Volunteers are trained to monitor and collect data about the large population of eagles that migrate to this region every winter. Volunteers also learn how to help the thousands of people who want to view the eagles in the safest and least intrusive manner, and share “Eagle etiquette” tips.
Volunteers are also needed to help staff the Visitor Center on weekends. Interact with like-minded eagle enthusiasts, without needing to be out in the cold!
Binoculars, spotting scopes, training manuals, data forms and hand warmers are provided by the Conservancy. The winter Eagle Watch program runs through January and February, weekends only. Volunteers may cover morning or afternoon shifts. The main monitoring areas are the Mongaup Reservoir and the Delaware River at Minisink Falls and the Zane Grey boat launch at Lackawaxen.
Trained eagle volunteers are also needed throughout the year to help staff booths, participate in workshops and be a part of other eagle-related Conservancy events.