The start of a new year usually means it’s time to move on from the past year’s local government activities and early January re-organizational meetings. Also, there’s been drama to keep up with over the partial federal government shutdown and the uncertain State of the Union address in Washington, D.C.
Thanksgiving is here, and most birds that migrate are where they have to be for the winter. People may have noticed tiny ducks on area lakes; these are buffleheads that came down from Canada in late October, and they will stay until lakes start freezing over.
Fall has just arrived, and with it comes the start of the fall migration for many birds.
If asked about winter raptor watching, the first thing that would pop into mind is eagles. This region is one of the favorite wintering habitats for Canadian bald eagles in the Northeast, and that’s not counting the ever increasing number of resident bald eagles that stay in the area year-round.
REGION — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) and its partners for a series of eagle-watching events all winter long, including guided bus tours and Eagle Day at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center.
WAWAYANDA, NY — The Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) power plant, and more specifically the Valley Lateral Pipeline (VLP), which will carry gas from the Millennium Pipeline to the power plant, have been plagued by setbacks since the beginning.
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.
NARROWSBURG, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for a free presentation on golden eagles on Saturday, November 25 at 1 p.m. at The Narrowsburg Union. Peg DiBenedetto of the Eastern Golden Eagle Project will discuss the population of winter resident golden eagles of New York State.
It’s mid-January in a conifer forest with a few clearings within. On the ground, at the edge of one of the clearings, sits an adult bald eagle. It’s not by choice the eagle is sitting on the ground; a few days back it started to experience awkwardness in flight.