The Upper Delaware River Region is one of the largest bald eagle wintering areas in the United States. There are five ways you can Eagle Watch in the Poconos. The Delaware Highlands Conservancy in Hawley, PA, is dedicated to protecting the land and water these majestic birds need to thrive and survive out in nature. The staff at the Conservancy’s Eagle Institute are incredibly knowledgeable about eagle habits, nests, and best of all where to spot them in the wild.
To learn more about what to do when visiting the Pocono Mountains, be sure to download our Delaware Highlands Vacation Guide. You’ll travel like a local with this free guide. It is filled with the best information on what to see and do while you’re here, like paying a visit to the Eagle Institute. There are also great recommendations on events happening in the area and restaurants you’ll want to visit!
Here Are 5 Ways to Eagle Watch in the Poconos
- Spend the day in the Pocono Mountains looking for eagles on your own. Pick up a map and literature in the winter field office in Lackawaxen and be on your way. There is also a spot to watch a video and learn where eagles were spotted.
- The Eagle Institute offers guided excursions on select weekends each January and February. Guided expeditions are great for first-timers. The events page on their website has all the information you will need to plan your outing.
- The Eagle Institute is a great resource for finding active eagle nests. Eagle nests can become as big as six feet across and up to eight feet deep. Can you imagine seeing one out in the wild? There are a few places from New York to Pennsylvania that offer eagle nest viewing sites. Be sure to bring your binoculars and spotting scopes.
- Did you know that almost 200 eagles migrate to this region every winter? For the best viewing of these amazing creatures, the time is now! January and February are best for viewing the eagles, as they begin to return to their nests in March. Do you plan to partake in eagle viewing this winter? Be sure to read the Institute’s eagle etiquette for tips. For example, it is recommended that you avoid disturbing the eagles and respect the natural surroundings during your outing.
- Each year, the Eagle Institute offers an Eagle Watch Bus Tour. This bus tour not only offers a scenic drive on a heated bus, but it is also a fantastic opportunity to learn about the eagles and their habitat from an experienced guide. Seats are limited and go quickly. To secure a reservation, call 570-226-3164.
Plan an Eagle Watch Stay at The Settlers Inn!
An opportunity exclusively for guests of The Settlers Inn. Arrive Friday, January 24 and gather by the fireplace for a craft cocktail and eagle talk by a representative from the Delaware Highlands Eagle Institute. The next morning enjoy a farm-to-table breakfast before heading out to the Eagle Institute in nearby Shohola. The Eagle Watch Package also includes two tickets on the guided eagle tour on January 25. The Settlers Inn is an authentic restored 1920s Arts and Crafts Lodge. We offer 23 guest rooms with four different types. Most rooms feature a seasonal fireplace and Jacuzzi tubs. The Inn is home to a full-service farm-to-table restaurant and tavern. Executive Chef Ben Sutter creates his menu using seasonal ingredients from local farmers. For reservation information or to inquire about one of our specials, please give us a call at 570-226-2993.
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