The Delaware Highlands 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. The Delaware Highlands Conservancy winter office in Lackawaxen offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about eagles and their habitats, offers bus tours and information on eagle sightings. The office 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.
Delaware Highlands Conservancy has some great upcoming events to look forward to. There are bus tours on most weekends in January and February. On these exciting tours, an expert guide will take you on a scenic tour on a heated bus in search of eagles. Reservations are required for this tour. Participants are encouraged to bring a packed lunch, a camera, binoculars and wear warm clothing.
Delaware Highlands Conservancy 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 23 guest rooms, a farm-to-table restaurant and sits on six 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.
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