Bald Eagle Tour coming January 21

Bald Eagle Tour

Monday, January 21, 2013

Birders and anyone interested in seeing some of Pennsylvania’s wildlife are invited to join a group car pool tour to Pike County, PA.

Bud Cole will be leading participants on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21, for a car pool tour to see the resident and winter visiting bald eagles in Pike County, PA.

This car pool tour takes up most of the daylight hours on January 21st.  Tour participants will meet in Wind Gap at 8:00 a.m. in Arby’s Parking lot on the left side of Route 512 in Wind Gap just passed McDonald’s.

The car pool will follow Pennsylvania Route 33, Route 115, Route 80 east, traveling through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on Route 209 to Matamoras, PA where we will cross the Delaware River into Port Jervis, New York and follow NY Highway 97 winding upstream along the Delaware River to Lackawaxen, PA. Pack a lunch or join the group for a quick lunch at the Matamoras Diner or Lackawaxen Hotel. Lunch location depends on the tour’s progress.

Visit the quaint river village of Lackawaxen where you can walk or drive across the former Delaware and Hudson Canal aqueduct. Learn about the canal and the aqueducts importance in our nation’s industrial history.

We will briefly visit the Bald Eagle Institute to pick up literature about bald eagles and learn about the institute and its goals. From Lackawaxen the tour will follow the river road along the Lackawaxen River to Hawley, PA and then back home with an optional dinner stop at Detzi’s Tavern in Wind Gap.

Previous tours have observed anywhere from 7 to 53 bald eagles. Many bald eagles migrate south from Canada and northern New York to take advantage of open waters where the Lackawaxen River joins the Delaware River. This area remains free from ice and provides excellent fishing areas for the bald eagles.

There is also a good chance of observing other birds and winter wildlife.

 

Contact Bud Cole at bbbcole@enter.net or call 610-767-4043 for more information or to participate.  Tour may be cancelled due to inclement weather.  There is no fee, but optional donations to the Bald Eagle Institute are encouraged.

 

 

Lehigh Gap Nature Center Activities

Thursday, January 10, 10:00 a.m. — Cabin Fever Book Club. This month’s book will be Mountains of the Heart by Scott Weidensaul. All are welcome.

Saturday, January 19, 7:15 a.m. — Winter Bird Survey. Help on a team to survey the winter birds of northern Lehigh and southern Carbon counties. We’ll finish around noon and meet for pizza and reporting our findings at Mama’s Pizza in Slatington.

Sunday, January 27, 3:00 p.m. — Speaker Series Event. Corey Husic, “Wildlife of South Africa.”

Sunday, February 10, 3:00 p.m. — Speaker Series Event. Diane Husic, Ph.D. “A Decade of Research at Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge: What Are We Learning?”

Thursday, February 14, 10:00 a.m. — Cabin Fever Book Club. This month’s book will be Rosalie Edge: Hawk of Mercy by Dyana Furmansky.

Friday-Sunday, February 15-17 — Lehigh Gap Area Feeder Watch. Contact us for information on how to participate. Past participants will automatically receive information.

Saturday, February 24, 10:00 a.m. — Build a Bluebird Nest Box. $10 donation requested for materials.

Saturday, March 2, 10:00 a.m. — Birding Field Trip. Time and place to be announced.

Thursday, March 7, 10:00 a.m. — Cabin Fever Book Club. This month’s book will be Water: A Natural History by Alice Outwater.

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