Eagle watch training offered to new volunteers

Advanced registration required for Dec. 2 training day


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  • Eagle Watch volunteers help the public (Photo by Stephen Davis)



— The Delaware Highlands Conservancy will hold its Eagle Watch Volunteer Training Day on Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Lackawaxen.

This is a chance to learn more about the nation's magnificent national bird, help protect eagles in their habitat, and help inform the public about sharing our region with eagles.

New volunteers will meet at the Upper Delaware Visitor Center, 176 Scenic Drive. New and existing volunteers will then gather next door at the Inn at Lackawaxen from 10 a.m. to noon. Attendees will visit the eagle observation areas from noon to 1 p.m.

Participants are advised to dress warmly — waterproof boots, hats, and gloves. Volunteers should be able to withstand cold temperatures and enjoy interacting with the public.

Volunteers will be trained to monitor and collect data about the large population of eagles that migrate to this region every winter. They will also learn how to help the thousands of people who want to view the eagles in the safest and least intrusive manner, and share “eagle etiquette” tips.

Volunteers are also needed to help staff the Visitor Center on weekends. There they can interact with like-minded eagle enthusiasts without needing to be out in the cold.

Binoculars, spotting scopes, training manuals, data forms, and hand warmers are provided by the Conservancy.

The winter Eagle Watch program runs through January and February, weekends only. Volunteers may cover morning or afternoon shifts. The main monitoring areas are the Mongaup Reservoir and the Delaware River at Minisink Falls and the Zane Grey boat launch at Lackawaxen.

Trained eagle volunteers are also needed throughout the year to help staff booths, participate in workshops, and be a part of other eagle-related Conservancy events.

Advance registration for the Training Day is required. Send an email to info@delawarehighlands.org, or call 570-226-3164 or 845-583-1010.

For more information on this training day and other upcoming eagle events, visit DelawareHighlands.org.

The Conservancy’s Eagle Watch program is supported in part by grant funding from the American Eagle Foundation, Orange and Rockland, Sullivan County, the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, and The Philadelphia Foundation.

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