This glimpse into the lives of Pennsylvania bald eagles is brought to you by the generous contributions of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pix Controller, Verizon, Interstate Battery, Sierra Wireless, Digi, and WildEarth.
Being able to watch the daily activities that occur in and around a bald eagle nest is a remarkable opportunity. It provides a rare glimpse into a part of nature that we do not normally see. This live stream provides a way for us to view the nest without stressing the birds. Camera installation took place during December, 2013. Federal mandates prohibit anyone from approaching within 660 feet of any bald eagle nest from January 15 until young eagles fledge.
It is important to note that nature includes all creatures not just the eagles and eggs showcased through this camera. The Game Commission's mission is to manage Pennsylvania's wild birds, mammals and their habitats for current and future generations. Although we hope to watch three young eagles fledge from this nest, we advocate for all native wildlife and therefore will not take measures to prevent another animal (such as the raccoon that made an attempt at the eggs) from conducting its natural behavior. Despite predation and other nest failures, the bald eagle population is increasing at a rate of 10 to 15 percent each year. This is an incredible educational opportunity to learn how wildlife really experiences the wilds of Pennsylvania.
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.
In December 2013, roughly 5 miles outside of Pittsburgh, a pan-tilt-zoom camera was installed on a tree nearby a bald eagle nest. In the photos below PixController's Bill Powers connects the marine batteries that power the camera; Game Commission Maintenance Worker, Derek Spitler, stands by one of two sets of solar panels that charge the batteries; Derek climbs more than 50 feet up a tree to mount the camera while Game Commission Information & Education Supervisor for the Southwest Region, Tom Fazi, assists – the nest is visible in a separate tree further downhill and the Monongahela River runs in the background; the mounted camera; and Powers testing the remote that controls the camera.