Shepaug Eagle Observation Area
The Shepaug eagle viewing site is open for it’s 34th season December 18th, 2019 through March 8th, 2020 from 9:00 until 1:00 Wednesdays , Saturdays, and Sundays.
The Shepaug Dam, on the Housatonic River in Southbury, holds a special appeal to the wintering birds because the hydroelectric station’s operation prevents water from freezing, making it easy to feed on fish below the dam. Since it opened in 1985, the Shepaug Eagle Observation Area has hosted nearly 140,000 visitors to observe the eagles and view exhibits. The program is managed by volunteers from the Connecticut Audubon.
Visitors gather in a blind with spotting scopes set up to provide excellent viewing. Volunteers can assist viewers, provide information and answer questions. Individuals and school groups are welcome.
Possibly the largest concentration of wintering eagles in New England can be seen perching, fishing or flying at this site on the Housatonic River. In past years visitors have witnessed as many as 20 or more eagles in a single day, not to mention a variety of other birds including red-tail hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, goshawks, great blue herons, and various waterfowl.
During the viewing season, admission is free but reservations are required. This year reservations may be made on line by clicking the Book Now icon below.
In the case of current or anticipated inclement weather, visitors are urged to call 1-860-895-6468 to verify whether or not the viewing area is open before arriving on the reserved viewing day. If the eagle viewing facility is closed due to inclement weather, reservations are cancelled and must be rebooked.