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PEEC winter birding events

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will provide two winter bird-watching events in February.

The first will be on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, when PEEC staff and Eagle Institute volunteer Jan Lokuta will lead an expedition to look for bald eagles in their winter habitat from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Binoculars and spotting scopes will be provided for those without equipment. Transportation is provided for the first 12 registered participants and carpooling is suggested for all other participants. Bring a lunch, dress warmly and wear waterproof boots for this trek. The Eagle Watch costs $10 for PEEC members and $15 for non-members. Participants must register by February 1.

Barnegat Bay, NJ is a phenomenal site for winter waterfowl birding. Birding expert Peter Wulfhorst will lead a “Barnegat Birding Trip” on February 21 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to search for harlequins, eiders, razorbills and other waterfowl. Participants will also search surrounding salt marshes for wintering raptors like short-eared owls. Bring your scope/binoculars, a bag lunch and layers of warm wind-resistant clothing. The day-long event costs $35 for members and $40 for non-members, and includes transportation to and from PEEC. Pre-registration is required. Participants must register by February 7.

For more information visit peec.org or call 570/828-2319. PEEC is located off Route 209 near mile marker 8 inside the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (Lehman Township).