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Chapman Park to host eagle watch sessions

They are a symbol of a strength and pride, and Warren County is a prime place to find them.

Chapman State Park will host two Eagle Watch sessions on Saturday, May 8.

Visitors who sign up to join the Eagle Watch will work with Chapman State Park Educator Jen Moore, Bill Vargo, and Jason Lee to learn about, locate, view, and photograph the national bird of the United States.

“Eagle activity in the park tends to increase in the spring,” Moore said. “The ice has melted off and the birds have access to open water.”

“Spring is also nesting season which increases the need for food,” she said.

Seeing eagles is not all about luck. “On any given day, you may see an eagle,” Moore said. “You just need to know where to look. Tips and other information will be shared during the program. Participants will also have the opportunity to view eagles if they are present.”

“Typically, we see two to three eagles,” Moore said. “Last fall, a visitor reported seeing six.”

Birds of prey are not uncommon at the park.

“An eagle and an osprey flew over the Environmental Learning Center a few weeks ago,” she said. “They were following the creek toward Clarendon.”

Registration is required by April 30 and limited to one of the two sessions.

Those signing up should indicate the 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. session or the 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. session when they contact Moore at jennmoore@pa.gov or (814) 723-0259.

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