Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
For Immediate Release
The swoops and glides of America's national bird, the bald eagle, are beautiful to behold, and there�s no better place to see these welcome winter visitors in action than the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut.
Last year 4,595 visitors were recorded, marveling at the graceful birds from the viewing station near the Shepaug Dam on the Housatonic River near Southbury. Running water from the dam prevents icing and assures a ready supply of fish, the eagle's favorite dish. Every year eagles fly down from more frozen northern climes in search of their annual buffet. In 2007-08 spotters saw an average of 7.6 eagles per day, swooping from perches in the trees to feed at the dam. With a wingspan that can be almost seven feet, they are fascinating to observe as they soar overhead to spot their prey with eyesight many times stronger than human. The flight speed of a bald eagle ranges between 36 and 44 miles per hour.
As it has since 1985, the Shepaug Eagle Observation Area near the Shepaug Hydroelectric Station once again will offer spectators a perfect view of the eagles. Telescopes provide close-ups and volunteers are on hand to help spot the eagles and to answer questions about the birds. The viewing station is located 1000 feet from the river, insuring safety for the eagles while providing an excellent vantage point for visitors. Other birds may be seen in the area as well, including red-tail hawks, great blue herons and a variety of waterfowl.
The observation area is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from December 27 through March 11. Admission is free but reservations are required and can be made by calling 1-800-368-8954 Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning from December 7 to March 7.
For information on other winter activities such as skiing, sleigh rides or antiquing, and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut, contact the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (860) 567-4506, or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.