NEWBURYPORT — The Newburyport Birders has increased its offerings of bald eagle programs, including sessions Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 22.

This allows people to arrange a tour with family members and friends to see a national symbol. Each winter, bald eagles from northern New England fly south to the lower Merrimack River, which provides a perfect winter habitat.

For both programs, participants will discuss the river’s protected islands and the field marks of the bald eagle.

The group meets in the Cashman Park boat ramp parking lot at the end of Sally Snyder Way off Merrimac Street in Newburyport

Participants will begin searching for eagles on foot and then carpool to several sites along the river. Participants should dress in layers and wear warm, waterproof boots. The fee for each program is $15.

The first program, “Learn to Love Bald Eagles,” is Friday, Feb. 14, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. There will be hot chocolate and biscotti.

The second program, “Bald Eagles & Their River,” is Saturday, Feb. 22, from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

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