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Pennsylvania Bald Eagles

UPDATES: Get the latest updates and watch the nest from a second camera with infrared technology.

Join us in celebrating a thriving bald eagle population in Pennsylvania. This brief peek into the lives of this bald eagle family in Hanover, Pennsylvania is brought to you by the coordinated efforts of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTap, Comcast Business, Friends of Codorus State Park and several other partners. Enjoy! And, be aware that, at times, nature can be difficult to watch.

Images presented on this live stream are the property of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and may be used for educational and non-commercial purposes, and to assist news media in promoting Game Commission news and wildlife. Images may not be sold. The agency expects all images to be accompanied with a photo credit (example – Image courtesy of Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTap and Comcast Business).

Camera 1 (view Camera 2, time-lapse videos, and updates)


Eagle video stream sponsors

A bit of history on the Hanover nest: The first record of an active nest in this area is from 2005. Records indicate that eaglets have fledged eight times, most often two at a time. There are no records indicating that any of the adult nesting eagles have been banded or otherwise marked. These cameras (provided by HDOnTap) were installed in November 2015. The cameras are powered by a hard line running down the tree to an electrical panel several feet from the base of the tree. Comcast Business is providing the internet service. Together, these partners are creating this dependable, high-quality stream. Friends of Codorus State Park supplied the bucket lift and other items necessary for installation and the landowner is donating the electricity to power the camera. Codorus State Park staff have been instrumental with on the ground staff and in facilitating this project. The Game Commission is grateful for all those involved in providing this spectacular view of nature at work. Sign up to receive Watchable Wildlife emails, including Hanover eagle updates.

Eagle Watching

During the nesting season, bald eagles are sensitive to disruptions such as loud noises and sudden movements. The Pennsylvania Game Commission encourages eagle watchers to stay at least 1,000 feet from bald eagle nests to reduce stress on the nesting eagles. Before visiting an eagle nest, please review bald eagle nest etiquette.

February 6, 2016 Eagle Watch at Kinzua Dam 8 am until 2 pm
Join us at the Corps of Engineer’s Visitor Center for a program on The PA Game Commission’s Bald Eagle Restoration effort and Bald Eagle viewing opportunities at the dam and tailwater area. Jamestown Audubon Society volunteers will be on hand to assist with locating eagles and interpreting behaviors observed.

There is no charge for the event. Individuals and groups are welcome. No reservations are required.

Kinzua Dam Visitor Center is located near Warren, on Route 59 six miles east of Route 6.

Contributions to Pennsylvania Wildlife

Donations to the Game Commission and proceeds from all sales bolster the Game Commission's efforts to preserve, conserve and manage Pennsylvania's wildlife resources and habitats. You might enjoy the 2016 Wild Bird Calendar or the Birds of Pennsylvania Field Guide among other books, patches, apparel and more.


Documentary - Celebrating 30 Years of Restoration

The bald eagle's history in Pennsylvania is a precarious one. Only 30 years ago, we had a mere three nests left in our entire state. With the help of the Canadian government, several agencies including the Pennsylvania Game Commission brought bald eagle chicks back to their states to reintroduce bald eagles to the Northeast. Today, Pennsylvania boasts more than 250 nests. This 22-minute documentary is the story of that success.


More Information

Bald Eagle Identification Tips
Bald Eagle Fast Facts
Bald Eagle Watching in Pennsylvania
Bald Eagle Nest Viewing Etiquette
Bald Eagle Wildlife Note
News Release About Eagle Documentary
Pennsylvania Bald Eagles poster
Educator's Guide to Celebrating Pennsylvania Bald Eagles and Elk and more resources for educators.

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Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Ave, Harrisburg Pennsylvania 17110-9797