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

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Winter is setting in here on the Upper Delaware. #upperdelaware #findyourpark #narrowsburgny #bigeddy #wsr50 at Narrowsburg, New York

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Our resident bald eagles are standing guard in preparation for the hundreds of migratory eagles that will soon be coming to spend the winter along the Upper Delaware. Stay tuned... #upperdelaware #baldeagles #findyourpark #birdyourworld #yearofthebird #wildlifewednesday

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A cold and windy day on the Upper Delaware. at Barryville, New York

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Look closely at this log, the claw marks are most likely from a black bear in search of bugs. #upperdelaware #blackbears #findyourpark #takeahike #getoutside

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Quiet before the storm. The season’s first snow storm is expected tomorrow. #upperdelaware #hawksnest #findyourpark #optoutside at Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River

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While out with some visitors this morning, we saw this common loon pop up out of the water. Loons, like many other birds will often stop over along the Upper Delaware while migrating. This loon, sporting its winter plumage appears to be looking for its mate. #upperdelaware #findyourpark #Lackawaxen #commonloons #yearofthebird at Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania

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A foggy night in #Lackawaxen #upperdelaware #findyourpark #fog

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The silk produced by a spider has the same tensile strength or greater than steel of a similar weight even though it has more elasticity. This spider web captured more than a leaf on this frosty morning, it had a large enough surface to volume ratio to support the weight of these frost crystals without breaking! #UpperDelaware #SpiderWebs #Frost #WhackyWildlife #TakeAHike #MotherNature

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While taking this picture of the Roebling Bridge, there was some... unknown company. A supernatural phenomenon or a mere dust reflection, you decide. #upperdelaware #johnroebling #blueorbs at Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct

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The Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) is a bird frequently found at birdfeeders across the northern United States and gets its name from the black feathers on its head. They are one of the species that can be seen and heard around this area all year round including the cold winter months! These birds have a pretty amazing memory as they hide thousands of seeds and other food items throughout the woods and can remember where they left them for almost a month! #upperdelaware #findyourpark #birdsofinstagram #birdwatching #wildlifewednesday Photo Credit Scott Rando

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Did you know that Thanksgiving was not always celebrated universally across America? In the midst of the Civil War on October 3, 1863, President Lincoln issued a proclamation designating the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and invited all Americans to take part. "I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States …, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him …, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union." The picture below is a sketch by artist Alfred R. Waud of Thanksgiving at a Civil War Camp in 1861. #ThrowBackThursday #Thanksgiving #UpperDelaware #AmericasHistory Photo Credit: Library of Congress

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A male white –tailed deer’s antlers typically begin growing between March and April. Very soft hairs containing blood vessels called velvet cover the outside of the antlers and provide nutrients to the growing bones. When the antlers quit growing around September, the bucks will begin to shed the velvet. Small trees, like the one shown in this picture are used to help rub off the excess velvet. According to several studies including the ones conducted by the University of Georgia and Clemson University, it is believed that bucks are also marking their territory by leaving their sent and visual markings behind for other deer. During these studies over the last two decades, bucks have been observed making deliberate markings and will even stop to inspect their work and either lick or smell the tree to check for their scent. #UpperDelaware #WhiteTailedDeer #FindYourPark #WhackyWildlife at Milanville, Pennsylvania

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A moment of reflection. #upperdelaware #findyourpark #reflection at Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania

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Did you know that black bears (Ursus americanus) are not true hibernators? That’s right, they can remain dormant for up to five months in the winter but they are not actually considered "true hibernators". Black bears will eat heavily in the late summer and early fall months to store up for their winters rest. A black bears diet consists of nuts, berries, insects, leaves, roots, small mammals, fish, and reptiles & amphibians. During the bear’s dormancy, their body temperature will only reduce slightly and its respirations and heart rate will become lower than normal. Unlike an animal in a true torpor state, black bears remain alert enough to wake up and leave their den or defend it if necessary. On warm winter days, the bears will actually head out of the den to defecate. #UpperDelaware #WildlifeWednesday #FindYourPark #BlackBears Photo Credit: PA Game Commission

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Be extra cautious while you are out driving over the next few months. During hunting season, white-tailed deer (odocoileus virginianus) understandably get spooked and can unexpectedly run into the roadway without notice. #upperdelaware #findyourpark #wildlifewednesday at Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania

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If you dare to head out on the river this Halloween be sure to wear your life jacket, mandatory wear is in effect. The height of the river at the Barryville gauge is currently 6.43 feet and a bone chilling 52 degrees. #upperdelaware #wearit #findyourpark #makeyoursplash #riversafety #halloween at Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct

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Bats are incredible mammals! They are the only mammal capable of flight, and help control a number of insect pests. There are nine bat species in the Upper Delaware. Some of the bat species use buildings or caves to roost and are often found with many individuals in a colony, whereas other bat species prefer to hangout by themselves under leaves or bark on a tree. Happy Bat Week! #littlebrownbat #BatWeek #upperdelaware #FindYourPark at Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River

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