The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is home to the Eagle Institute and is a great place to go eagle watching. The Upper Delaware River Region is one of the largest bald eagle wintering areas in the Northeastern United States. Founded by Lori McKean in 1998, The Eagle Institute in Lackawaxen offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about eagles and their habitats, offer bus tours and information on eagle sightings. The institute is open on the weekends in January and February.
The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the lands, wildlife and economies of the Upper Delaware region. Because of many factors working together including the community and a partnership with many groups, the Eagle Institute played a large role in the resurgence of population of eagles in the Upper Delaware River Region. In the winter, the Upper Delaware Region is home to more than 100 eagles that migrate there in search of water. When migrating, the eagles often start arriving in mid-December. Eagles are most easily seen from sunrise to a little before noon. Binoculars are best for viewing as the eagles are disturbed by people on foot attempting to get closer.
The Eagle Institute has some great upcoming events to look forward to. There is a bus tour coming up on January 17th. On this exciting tour, an expert guide will take you on a scenic tour on a heated bus in search of eagles. Reservations are required for this tour. Tickets are $20.00 for non-members and $15.00 for members. Future dates for this tour include January 31st, February 7th and then again on February 14th. Participants are encouraged to bring a packed lunch, a camera, binoculars and wear warm clothing. On January 24th, there will be a family fun Eagle Day at Lacawac Sanctuary from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Bill Streeter from the Delaware Valley Raptor Center will put on a live demonstration at 1:30pm and then again at 3:00pm. Other fun events will be happening throughout the day including building an eagle’s nest. Bill Streeter is back again on February 14th at Tusten Theatre for a day filled with live music and live birds. Little Sparrow is a local band that will be taking the stage at 2:00pm. Visitors will be able to experience birds like hawks, owls and eagles up close with Bill Streeter. A $5.00 donation is suggested at this fun, afternoon event.
The institute’s website is a great resource year round for updates on viewing locations, eagle sightings, road conditions and wintertime updates. If you find yourself in the region this winter, check out The Settlers Inn in Hawley, PA. This Pocono Mountains bed and breakfast is home to 21 guest rooms, a farm-to-table restaurant and sits on 6 acres of beautiful land. The rooms are perfect for a little rest and relaxation with most rooms featuring a Jacuzzi tub and seasonal fireplace. Customize your stay with an in room massage or champagne awaiting your arrival. Book your reservation online or call us at 570-226-2993.
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