View Bald Eagles this Winter

 

Photo by Sandy Long of a wintering bald eagle along the Upper Delaware River.
A wintering bald eagle. Photo courtesy Sandy Long.

Majestic bald eagles are a spectacular sight in the Upper Delaware River region of the Pocono and Catskill Mountains.

Winter is one of the best times to view these amazing birds.

According to our local land trust, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, about 150-200 bald eagles migrate to our region during the winter months.

The eagles are seeking a reliable food source and undisturbed habitat. They come from northern locations where most waterways are now frozen solid.

Bald Eagles Along the Upper Delaware River

What makes our area so attractive to bald eagles is the open water on the Upper Delaware River and its tributaries, which are excellent sources of fresh fish.

Some bald eagles fly nearly 900 miles from their breeding grounds to spend the winter here, according to the Conservancy.

The Upper Delaware River region also features large stands of trees and expanses of protected lands that provide perches from which eagles can hunt.

Eagle Watching Excursions

The Conservancy offers a full line-up of guided eagle watching events on most Saturdays during January and February. Sign up soon as these popular excursions fill up quickly!

What’s also fun is the free annual Eagle Day set for Saturday, January 23, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, located just down Route 6 near our Lake Region showroom.

Eagle Day is fun for the whole family. It includes spectacular “Live Birds of Prey” demonstrations by Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, at 1:00pm and 3pm. There are also hands-on activities by Lacawac Sanctuary and many opportunities to learn about eagles and other native birds.

Bald Eagles at Van Gorders’ Furniture

There are plenty of eagle viewing opportunities near any of Van Gorders’ 3 welcoming rustic furniture showrooms in Honesdale, Milford or near Lake Wallenpaupack, PA. So, why not make a day trip for an eagle excursion and a relaxing shopping adventure.

Photo of a wooden rustic furniture accent at Van Gorders' Furniture featuring bald eagles and a black bear.
One of our unique wooden wall hangings featuring bald eagles and a black bear.

At Van Gorders’ Furniture, our motto is Bring the Outdoors Inside! That means you’ll find plenty of unique rustic furnishings and accent pieces featuring bald eagles and many other beautiful animals like black bears and blue herons.

From carvings, to tables, to one-of-a-kind fabrics, each one will make your Lake Region home or retreat a reflection of nature’s beauty.

Visit one of our spacious showrooms today for a power browse! There’s never any pressure, just honest savings. Our experienced staff is ready to answer your questions or offer help only when you need it.

Or, visit us online at VanGorders.com.

You’ll like what you find!

You can also submit a comment or question for Van Gorders’ Furniture right here…

Three Fun Things to Do in Milford, PA

There are a variety of outdoor activities and interesting landmarks near Van Gorders’ big Milford, PA furniture showroom at 321 Water Street. So why not make a day of it!

Enjoy some time in the great outdoors or in the historic village, and stop by Van Gorders’ Furniture for a relaxed shopping adventure.

 

Here are a few of the fun things to do on your way to Van Gorders’ Furniture.

The Great Outdoors

Just down the road from our Milford, PA showroom is the 70,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This awesome expanse of beautiful protected land and water features:

  • 40 miles of the majestic Delaware River
  • More than 100 miles of hiking trails including 27 miles of the Appalachian Trail
  • More than 100 miles of scenic back roads
  • Mountains, valleys and floodplains
  • Waterfalls, flowers and forests
  • The impressive Delaware Water Gap

And that’s only a few! Visitors enjoy fishing, canoeing, tubing and kayaking; hiking, biking and swimming; bird watching; picnicking; and camping.

The Pinchot Family Legacy

Overlooking the charming village of Milford, PA is Grey Towers National Historic Site, the ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, first chief of the US Forest Service and twice Governor of Pennsylvania. Pinchot is often called the father of America’s conservation movement.

Photo of The Finger Bowl at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, PA, home of Gifford Pinchot.
The Finger Bowl. Photo courtesy Grey Towers National Historic Site.

Take a guided tour of his family’s historic chateauesque mansion designed by Richard Morris Hunt. And, bask in the beautifully landscaped gardens and outbuildings, many of which were designed by Chester Holmes Aldrich.

No visit to Grey Towers is complete without a stop at the estate’s most unique feature, the Finger Bowl, designed by William Lawrence Bottomley. The Finger Bowl is an exquisite outdoor dining table in the form of a raised pool surrounded by a flat ledge large enough to accommodate a place setting. Chairs were pulled up to the pool and food was passed in wooden bowls floated on the water. The Finger Bowl is situated in a wisteria covered domed arbor resting on an open structure of twelve stone piers.

Fine Dining

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, Milford offers a fine selection of restaurants and cafes to satisfy your hunger.

The Waterwheel Café, Bakery and Bar is less than a mile from our Milford, PA showroom in The Upper Mill, which also houses boutique shops.

The Waterwheel is a favorite neighborhood haunt for locals, tourists and visitors. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. And, they feature a fun live blues jam every Thursday evening!

Photo of the historic Hotel Fauchere in charming Milford, PA in Pike County.
The Hotel Fauchère.

In the heart of Milford is the historic Hotel Fauchère, originally owned and operated by master chef Louis Fauchère, who once worked at Delmonico´s, the first and most famous restaurant in America in the mid 19th century.

Today, the Fauchère offers the upscale Delmonico Room or the more casual and hip Bar Louis. Patisserie Fauchère makes delicious artisanal breads and treats in a coffeehouse atmosphere.

You can find more options on the town’s official website.

The Van Gorder family is proud to be part of such a diverse community with a deep legacy of conservation and artistry.

We hope you’ll check out the fun things to do in and around Milford, PA, and stop by Van Gorders’ Furniture for your rustic shopping adventure!

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