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2023 season kicked off with over 150 visitors, the viewing of 15 eagles, and lots of exciting activity for visitors to enjoy

 New Milford, CTJanuary 6th, 2023 – FirstLight Power, the owner and operator of the Shepaug Hydroelectric Power Station in Southbury, opened the Shepaug Bald Eagle Observatory for the winter on December 28th, kicking the season off with over 150 visitors and the viewing of 15 eagles on opening day. The observatory is open to visitors on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays between 9am and 1pm through March 12th, 2023.

Over the years, the Shepaug Bald Eagle Observatory has hosted more than 150,000 visitors from across the U.S. providing families, bird enthusiasts, and nature lovers a unique opportunity to see these raptors in their natural habitat.

“A visit to the Shepaug Bald Eagle Observatory offers visitors an opportunity to view dozens of raptors and waterfowl, including bald eagles, red-tail hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, goshawks, and great blue herons,” said Len Greene, FirstLight’s spokesman. “We’re especially grateful to our volunteers from the Connecticut Audubon Society, who help make this experience possible. We can accommodate up to 200 visitors per day and we’re looking forward to an exciting winter, so we hope many people will join us this year for unmatched viewing of these remarkable birds in their natural habitat.”

Upcoming Bird of Prey shows at the observatory include:

  • Horizon Wings
    • Sunday, January 8th, at 10am and 11:30am
    • Sunday, February 12th, at 10am and 11:30am
    • Sunday, March 12th, at 10am and 11:30am
  • Christine’s Critters
    • Sunday, January 22nd, at 10am and 11:30am
    • Sunday, February 19th, at 10am and 11:30am
    • Sunday, March 5th, at 10am and 11:30am

Specialists and volunteers from the Connecticut Audubon Society are on-site with high-powered telescopes to help visitors see the eagles in action and to answer questions about our national symbol. Visitors are encouraged to dress warmly and to bring binoculars if possible given the limited number of onsite telescopes.

All are welcome and admission is free of charge, but advance reservations are required. Visit this link to make reservations to visit the observatory.

FirstLight Power (FirstLight) is a leading clean power producer, developer, and energy storage company serving North America. With a diversified portfolio that includes over 1,400 megawatts of operating renewable energy and energy storage technologies, FirstLight specializes in hybrid solutions that pair hydroelectric, pumped-hydro storage, utility-scale solar, large-scale battery, and offshore wind assets. The company’s mission is to accelerate the decarbonization of the electric grid by supporting the development, operation, and integration of renewable energy and storage solutions to advance an electric system that is clean, reliable, affordable, and equitable. Based in Burlington, MA, with operating offices in Northfield, MA and New Milford, CT, FirstLight is a steward of more than 14,000 acres and hundreds of miles of shoreline along some of the most beautiful rivers and lakes in the Northeast. To learn more, visit or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.


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