Train to be an Eagle Watch volunteer

Lackawaxen. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn more about our magnificent national bird, help protect eagles in their habitat, and help educate the public about sharing our region with eagles.

22 Nov 2019 | 05:25

Want to be an Eagle Watch volunteer? Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for training on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Inn at Lackawaxen.

New volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. Then, both new and returning volunteers will gather from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants will visit the eagle observation areas from noon to 1 p.m.

Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn more about our magnificent national bird, help protect eagles in their habitat, and help educate the public about sharing our region with eagles.

Volunteers are trained to monitor and collect data about the large population of eagles that migrate to this region every winter. Volunteers 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 staff the Visitor Center on weekends. Interact with like-minded eagle enthusiasts without having to be out in the cold.

Dress warmly. Wear waterproof boots, hats, and gloves. Volunteers should be able to withstand cold temperatures and enjoy interacting with the public. Alternate arrangements are possible for those who cannot attend.

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 on weekends only. Volunteers may cover morning or afternoon shifts. The main monitoring areas are the Mongaup Reservoir and the Delaware River at Minisink Forge 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 training day is required. Register online at delawarehighlands.org, email kate@delawarehighlands.org, or call 570-226-3164 ext. 8 or 845-583-1010 ext. 8.

The Eagle Watch program is supported in part by grant funding from Orange and Rockland, Sullivan County, The Philadelphia Foundation, and the William Penn Foundation.