2003 Winter Season

Litchfield, CT -- Contact: Janet L. Serra For Immediate Release 860-567-4506 lhcvbnwct@aol.com One of the rewards of winter in Connecticut's Litchfield Hills is the chance to watch our national bird, the great American bald eagle, in action. Every year eagles return to the Shepaug Dam on the Housatonic River near Southbury, where running water from the dam prevents icing and assures a ready supply of fish, the eagle's favorite dish. The best place to enjoy the swoops and glides of these graceful winter guests is the Eagle Observation Area near the Shepaug Housatonic Hydroelectric Station, where an organized eagle watch takes place every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through March 19. The area is located 1000 feet from the river, affording safety for the eagles while providing an excellent vantage point for visitors. Volunteers from Connecticut Audubon are on hand to answer questions about the birds. Seeing these fleet fishermen in action is a thrill. Eagles can fly between 36 and 44 miles per hour and move even faster when diving for their dinner. With a wingspan that can be in excess of seven feet, they are easy to observe as they soar overhead to spot their prey with eyesight many times stronger than human. This is the 18th year for the Eagle Watch, sponsored by Northeast Utilities. Admission to the Eagle Observation Area is free but because of limited space, observation is by reservation only. Information, driving directions and reservations are available by phoning (800) 368-8954 from Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eagle watching is only one of the pleasures of winter in the Litchfield Hills. For more information on special packages and a free copy of UNWIND, a 40-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the area, write to the Litchfield Hills Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, call (860) 567-4506 or visit their web site at http://www.litchfieldhills.com.