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Upper Delaware S&RR NPS

Part of the National Park Service, Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River protects scenic, recreational, cultural, fish and wildlife resources.

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Watch out for poison ivy throughout the park's trails. If you come in contact with any, wash the area immediately. Leaves of three, let it be! #SafetySaturday

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The Tusten Trail is one of the six trails in our park. When hiking watch out for roots and rocks. We recommend always wearing sturdy shoes and staying hydrated while enjoying hikes. #SafetySaturday

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Although some may find it beautiful, harmless, and fun, stacking rocks is considered vandalism in the National Parks. This can have an ecological impact by damaging the habitat where delicate organisms live and alter the river over time. #findyourpark #upperdelawareriver #geology #nps

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Snakes are able to slither up trees because of their scales. They can angle their scales to get a better grip on a rough surface. Combined with their scales, they can travel steeper than 60 degrees. at Ten Mile River

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Wood Frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus) are common to the Upper Delaware area and are most easily identified by the "bandit mask" around the eyes. Wood Frogs are the only species of frog found north of the Arctic Circle as they have special adaptations for dealing with cold weather. This species can actually freeze in the winter and thaw in the spring! #upperdelaware #amphibiansofinstagram #frogs

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Swift currents can have more speed and power than they appear. We recommend you always wear a life jacket in or around water to have the most fun and safe experience on the Delaware River. #WearIt #SafetySaturday at Lackawaxen River

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It's a busy day down at the Lackawaxen access due to the 2017 Delaware River Sojourn! #upperdelaware #delawareriversojourn #upperdelawaresrr at Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania

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Several town names throughout the river valley reflect the difficulties of travel before bridges were built across the Delaware. Ferries were the easiest way to transport goods from one shore to another. These ferries were privately owned and operated as an alternative to fording the river. Eventually private toll and municipal bridges began to replace private ferries by the turn of the century. #throwbackthursday #ferries #upperdelawaresrr

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The eastern tiger swallowtail is one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States. It's name "tiger swallowtail" refers to the black, tiger-like stripes on the wings and long pointed, wing tails that look like that of a swallow's (bird) tail. The "tails" help the butterfly glide through the air. #butterfly #swallowtailbutterfly #wildlifewednesday #upperdelaware #upperdelawaresrr at Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania

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What do Steamtown and Upper Delaware have in common? Both tell the story of the transportation and use of anthracite coal in our county's industrial history. Our interns had a wonderful time visiting @steamtownnhs yesterday. #trains #steamtown #pumptrolley at Steamtown National Historic Site

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This mature bald eagle was enjoying the beauty of the late afternoon. #wildlifewednesday #upperdelaware #upperdelawaresrr #baldeagle at Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania

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Everyone is familiar with Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct in Lackawaxen, PA but they may not be aware that John Roebling built three other aqueducts for the Delaware and Hudson Canal. Less then a half mile away from the Delaware Aqueduct lay the remains of the Lackawaxen Aqueduct. The aqueduct carried canal boats across the Lackawaxen River until the canal closed in 1898. #throwbackthursday #delawareandhudsoncanal #upperdelawaresrr #aqueduct at Lackawaxen River

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Bears can be found all along the river, and they are usually shy and avoid close contact with humans. If you see an adult bear with cubs, give them a wide berth; Mom will defend her cubs. Back away and don't get between the female and her cubs. Thanks to Scott Rando for this great photo. #wildlifewednesday #bears #cubs #upperdelaware #upperdelawaresrr

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Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus) trees such as the one pictured above are known for being the tallest native conifer species in the Northeastern U.S.! The bud-like growths are pollen cones which pollinate the seed cones by the wind and form new offspring. Many different animal species such as birds, squirrels, and even porcupines can use this tree species for food. #upperdelaware #pollination #whitepine

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Chipmunks spend their days foraging for food such as seeds, nuts, insects, green plants among other other things. Though generally found in wooded places this chipmunk was spotted in the front lawn of the Zane Grey Museum. The Zane Grey Museum will be open Wednesday through Sunday this season from 10:00am to 5:00pm. We welcome you to come visit us whenever you are in the neighborhood. #chipmunk #zanegrey #upperdelawaresrr at Zane Grey Museum

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Summer must almost be here as today our new summer staff spent the day on the river learning the J-stroke and much more. Give them a warm welcome if you see them this season. #upperdelaware #narrowsburgny #upperdelawaresrr at Narrowsburg, New York

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The young pictured are now 6-7 weeks old and their wing exercising has begun. The once spacious nest is now very cramped. Three eaglets always makes for tight quarters but this nest has another factor why space is at a premium. The nest rises at least 10 feet from its original spot in the cradle of the white pine. The eagles just keep adding sticks every year, and one problem, aside from added risk of collapse, is that the top had to be cut back in area slightly. The largest eagle nest ever recorded was 12 feet high and weighed over a ton when it collapsed in Ohio in 1925. #wildlifewednesday #eagles #upperdelaware #upperdelawaresrr

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Ready, Set, Wear It! Today is National Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day. On this day, every year people across the world get together wearing their life jackets to celebrate and acknowledge the importance of life jacket use. A big thanks goes out for the support we saw from tWayne Bank, Honesdale National Bank, and the staff of Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area and Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River for Wearing It! today and everyday. Be sure to wear yours every time you are swimming, boating, fishing, or floating! #wearyourlifejacket #upperdelaware #safeboating at Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River

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