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Muncy Locals Jan. 31, 2019

By Staff | Feb 1, 2019

It’s hard to believe February is here and Valentine’s Day is the middle of the month. This gives us something to look forward to plus an opportunity to create something. You can pair up and make a soup bowl at Centered Earth pottery in Pennsdale, or you can take a class at LeJeune Chef on Saturday, Feb. 9 and learn to make some delicious rum and chocolate. These are things you can do in advance and give as a gift surprise.

I want to share our weekend experience with the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, a natural land heritage non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the natural heritage and quality of life in the Upper Delaware River region. They also sponsor Eagle watch tours and Paul and I scheduled one after I saw a feature on WNEP. That part of Pennsylvania was unknown territory to us as we ventured through the Pocono Mountains to Hawley on Friday afternoon where our tour began. We spent the night at the historic Settlers Inn where there was a fireside chat and crafted cocktails with a volunteer member of the conservancy. That’s when I began taking notes as he explained some Eagle viewing tips and etiquette.

The following morning after a full complimentary country breakfast, we boarded a comfortable modern bus where we watched a video on how the eagles were brought back from extinction. There were some places to stop along the tour. Paul was hoping to get some close up photos and by the looks of some of the extensive camera equipment I observed, so were most of the other passengers. We did get photos and we did sight over 50 Bald Eagles on our tour. But most of them were perched high in the trees, or on a nest built with lots of sticks, or in flight several feet high making it hard to get a good clear close up photograph. I did see some eagles swoop down into the water, but boy, they are fast! Another factor is that it is not safe to stop on the road all the time to watch them as you follow along the river leading north to New York through towns of Glen Spey and Forestburgh where eagles are frequently spotted this time of year. There were some proper observation areas built, some blinds, to stay behind to watch the eagles and look for them with binoculars. It is national forest land beginning in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania about two and a half hours from here.

I have listed some interesting facts about eagles and why they love the ever-flowing Delaware River and this protected forest land of 15,000 acres. The last guided tour is scheduled for Feb. 9. The tours fill up quickly, and perhaps you may be interested in going next year, or just take a drive on your own if you are up to it. But be sure to check out the Eagle Etiquette before you do. There are Forest Rangers that patrol the region, and there are restricted areas so watch the signs as well.

Muncy Events

Fri. Feb. 1 Toddler Tales at the Muncy Public Library for ages 1-3, 10 a.m. call 546-5014 to register.

Fri. Feb. 1 Red Cross bloodmobile at Muncy Valley Hospital, 215 E. Water St., Muncy, 10-3. A donation shortfall is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to prevent a shortage over the winter.

Sat. Feb. 2 Lore, Legend and Natural History of Groundhogs, Montour Preserve Center, 10-11 a.m. Presented by Jon Beam. Meet in the Environmental Educatiion Center. Celebrate groundhogs and their ability to predict the weather. Learn all about their life history during this free program.

Mon. Feb 4 Construction club for all ages at the Muncy Public Library with Miss Tuesday at 6 p.m. Flex your creative and engineering muscles as you face challenges and build structures in this STEM-based activity night.

Tues. Feb. 5 Gentle chair yoga at Meck Senior Center, Muncy, 10 a.m.

Weds. Feb. 6 Preschool storytime for ages 3-5 p.m. at the Muncy Public Library at 10 a.m. Join Miss Monica for a fun-filled hour of activities, crafts and stories designed to prepare your child for kindergarten. Siblings welcome. Call 546-5014 for more information.

Feb. 6 & 7 distribution boxes for eligible seniors at Son-Light House, 130 Carpenter St., Muncy. Weds. 8:30 a.m. to noon and Thurs. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.