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Delaware Water Gap area features an opportunity for eagle spotters

Published January 11. 2012 05:01PM

The state Department of Conservation and National Resources (DCNR) Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center is sponsoring an "Eagles and Old-Growth of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area" on Jan. 28, and Feb. 11, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants will venture along the Delaware River from Arrow Island Overlook to Milford in search of bald eagles, one of the best areas in the east to view these magnificent birds.

Hopefully, some eagles will be observed in their nests in old-growth White Pines, one of their favorite nesting sites.

Other possibilities along the river include Common Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes, Pileated Woodpeckers, Peregrine Falcons and the rare golden eagle. Hopes are also high that the river otter or bobcat might be spotted.

Participants will meet at the Arrow Island parking area at the Delaware Water Gap.

Persons are reminded they should dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, bring a lunch, beverages and binoculars.

There will be a stop for coffee and snacks along the way.

Registration is required. To register for the Jan. 28 trip contact Rick Wiltraut at or by calling 610-746-2810 and to register for the Feb. 11 trip contact Bill Sweeney at or call 610-746-2808.

Persons can also register on line at and click on "events calendar."

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