Join us in celebrating a thriving bald eagle population in Pennsylvania. This brief peek into the lives of this bald eagle family 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. Sign up to receive Watchable Wildlife emails, including Hanover eagle updates and check out this quick introduction from executive director, Matt Hough.
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A bit of history on the Hanover nest
The first egg of 2015 appeared on Valentine's Day, February 14 at 5:55 pm. A second egg was laid three days later on February 17 at 4:44 pm. The first egg hatched on March 24. The second egg hatched on March 25. Follow #HanoverEagletNews on the Game Commission's Facebook and Twitter pages for updates. We expect any fledglings to have left the nest by late-June or early July. More information on eagles can be found in the links below. The first record of an active nest in this area is from 2005. Out of the ten years on record, eaglets fledged seven 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. This camera (provided by HDOnTap) was installed in late December 2014 and is slightly larger than a soda can. Shortly after installation the audio feed failed. The camera is 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 necessary for installation and the landowner is donating the electricity to power the camera. Codorus State Park staff continues to be extremely supportive of this endeavor and has informed us that many of the fish we see in the nest are gizzard shad out of nearby Lake Marburg. The Game Commission is grateful for all those involved in providing this spectacular view of nature at work.
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.
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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.