FirstLight Power, the operator of the Shepaug Hydroelectric Power Station in Southbury, will open the Shepaug Bald Eagle Observatory for the winter season on December 18th.  The observatory will be open on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. from December 18, 2019-March 8, 2020.

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

“On any given day you’ll see 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 as many as 300 visitors per day and we’re really looking forward to an exciting winter, so we hope many people will join us this year.”

Specialists and volunteers from the Connecticut Audubon Society will be 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.   To make reservations starting December 11, 2019 individuals, families, and groups can simply go online at and click on Shepaug Station.