A River Runners Thrill: Seeing an American Bald Eagle in Flight.
In 1975, there was just a single pair of nesting bald eagles left in New York State. Now, there are hundreds in NY and PA. The return of the eagle to the Upper Delaware River area is one of the great success stories of the American environmental movement. At the forefront of the return of the eagle population to PA/NY is The Delaware Highlands Conservancy. Our campers will meet a representative of the Conservancy and with their help, watch for eagles in flight.
Eagle sighting map:
Did you know that it takes about 5 years for an eagle to grow their all-white feathers around their head? Or that their wingspan is about 6-7 feet, larger than any other bird of prey in this region?
When you see an eagle soaring above in its natural habitat, it is unforgettable! They look regal even at rest in the trees in winter.
On our new, after-camp trip, the River Runners will meet Lenape Chief Joseph Little Feather.
The upper Delaware River was the home of the Lenape or “Delaware Indians.” Where our campers paddle down the Delaware River, the Lenape traveled in dugout canoes made from hollowed out trees.
Delaware is said to mean “original people.” It is believed that they were the original inhabitants of this region and ancestors of the Algonquin tribe. The Delaware Indians are considered by many as the “grandfathers” of many native Americans.
Our campers will have the rare honor to meet in person a descendant of the Lenape and its current chief, Chief Joseph Little Feather. Chief Little Feather will talk about the daily life of the Lenape, their rich history, and their organic connection to nature.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Lenape (Delaware Indians), you can do so here and here.