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Watershed group plans trip to view bald eagles near Saltsburg

Jeff Himler
| Tuesday, January 22, 2019 12:50 p.m
Loyalhanna Watershed Association
Bald eagle numbers have increased in Western Pennsylvania in the 21st century.

The Loyalhanna Watershed Association is sponsoring a Feb. 6 trip to Loyalhanna Dam, near Saltsburg, to learn about and view bald eagles.

Bald eagles are known to frequent the dam outflow in mid-winter. More than 20 of the birds of prey were found congregating there at a given time two years ago, taking advantage of plentiful prey such as gizzard shad.

Those joining the free morning trip are encouraged to bring binoculars and cameras to enjoy a close-up view of the birds.

Pennsylvania Game Commission warden Michael Papinchak will discuss the bald eagle’s successful return to the region, assisted by cleaner water and a commission reintroduction program.

A chartered bus will depart at 7:45 a.m. from the association’s Watershed Farm outside Ligonier and will return at about noon.

Reservations are required, as seats are limited. Contact Cathy Johnston at or 724-238-7560, ext. 3.

After the program, those attending may order a meal, on their own, at Keystone Kitchen in New Alexandria.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, or via Twitter .

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