Eagle photo by Stephen Davis
BETHEL, NY & LACKAWAXEN, PA (December 3, 2012) – On Saturday, December 1, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy hosted a successful Volunteer Training Day to launch the first winter eagle monitoring season with the Eagle Institute as part of the Conservancy. The Conservancy also officially opened the Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Eagle Institute winter field office in Lackawaxen, PA.
In February 2012, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Eagle Institute merged.
Saturday’s volunteer training was the first to be held with the Eagle Institute as part of the Conservancy. New and existing Eagle Institute volunteers attended the training session at the Lackawaxen Inn to learn about the Conservancy and the winter Eagle Watch program.
The Upper Delaware River region is one of the largest wintering habitats for eagles in the northeast United States, because of abundant clean water and large, undisturbed stands of trees. Twenty years ago there was just one eagle’s nest in PA and one in NY—now, there are approximately 200 nests in each state. This success story is a direct result of the hard work of the Eagle Institute and the community and organizations like the Conservancy that work for the protection of eagles and the healthy lands and clean waters of the Upper Delaware River region.
Following the training, volunteers were invited to the Winter Field Office in Lackawaxen to officially open the doors for the season. The office space is provided by the National Park Service. Because the bulk of the NPS visitor program traditionally occurs during the summer months, this partnership provides the NPS with volunteer support during the winter season, when more than 6,000 visitors come to the region to view eagles.
The Field Office serves as a center of information for visitors looking to learn more about viewing and protecting eagles. Visitors can pick up information about the bald eagle in the Upper Delaware River region, get maps and directions to eagle viewing locations along the Upper Delaware and Lackawaxen, and watch an informative video. Knowledgeable volunteers and staff are available to answer questions about the Eagle Institute and the Delaware Highlands Conservancy.
The Lackawaxen office is staffed on weekends throughout January and February and open to visitors from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hours are limited in December, so December visitors should call before planning to drop by.