Of A Bald Eagle Nest Online
In 2013, a young bald eagle fledged from a nest within the city limits of Pittsburgh for the first time in perhaps 200 years.
In the months before that first young bald eagle emerged, hundreds of people looked on from a distance.
This year, a pair of eagles is nesting near the same site. Countless more onlookers are now following along – this time with a bird’s-eye view, thanks to the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pix Controller Inc. which installed a video camera high above the nest two bald eagles built.
The nest is located along the Monongahela River in what is known as the Hays section of Pittsburgh. During the next few weeks, watching from the comfort of home, online visitors can hope to see three eggs hatch.
The first egg, laid Feb. 19, is expected to hatch around March 26; the second, laid Feb. 22, around March 30 and the third egg, laid Feb. 25, around April 2.
As in nature, there are no guarantees the story will have a happy ending, but the live stream offers a rare, real-life look at an unfolding natural wonder.
Find the streaming footage on the homepage of the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Play icon to see real-time footage of the nest. Or visit http://www.pixcontroller.com/eagles/index.htm.
Facebook and YouTube links to the pages are also available on the sites.
Last year’s nest didn’t offer as up-close a view, though many people would congregate regularly along a nearby bicycle trail to view the nest through binoculars. Because there wasn’t a good vantage point inside the nest, however, eagle-watchers could only judge from the mating pair’s changed behavior that an eaglet had been hatched. It took weeks to confirm suspicions.
With the camera in place, however, online viewers have been able to verify the exact moment an egg was laid.
Currently there are more than 270 known bald-eagle nests statewide. A 22-minute film celebrating the bald eagle’s success is available at the Game Commission’s website. From the homepage, click on the icon title “PA Eagles 30 Years of Restoration.”
--From the Pennsylvania Game Commission