Pittsburgh Hays Bald Eagle Camera Update
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EAGLE LOVERS MEET AND GREET AUGUST 2, 2014

Eagle Friends:
Visit Pittsburgh Steelers training camp at Saint Vincent College &Enjoy raptor visits at Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve Barn and a lovely brunch or luncheon-

We will travel first to Vallozzis Restaurant, Greensburg for brunch then to Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, (latrobe by St Vincent College,) where we will have a visit from Wildlife Works, Inc- raptor and wildlife rehabbers .

We will ALSO have use of beautiful barn and restroom facilities, Then if you wish you may go individually to training camp nearby to watch practice. see players, get autographs

Need to know who would like to go then will plan restaurant menu and pricing. give email and number attending:

You can also pick up
OUR BEAUTIFUL FIRST FLEDGE AND HAYS BALD EAGLES t-shirts at this outing and MOM and Dad EAGLE tote bags*******LIMITED QTY MUST PREORDER*******

various gift baskets, and novelty items will be available also for purchase etc.

Visit Steelers Training Camp

Join Steelers Nation as they head to Saint Vincent College in the Laurel Highlands for the Steelers annual summer training camp. Visiting Steelers Training Camp is FREE and open to the public! It's also regarded as one of the most fan-friendly in the NFL.
The public is generally permitted access to the campus beginning at 1:30 pm. There are designated areas where fans are permitted to stand and ask for autographs as the players leave practice. Most players are happy to sign items, but it is up to each individual player whether or not they will sign on a particular day.

contact info:

www.facebook.com/urbaneaglesinpittsburgh

Pittsburgh Hays Bald Eagle Nest

A pair of Bald Eagles are now nesting within 5 miles of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania along the Monongahela River near where the famed Carnegie Steel
Homestead site once existed. Industrialization beginning in the 19th century led to extensive unregulated pollution of the rivers, which decimated fish populations that eagles feed on. For example, during a survey on Monongahela River in 1967, one scientist could find only one bluegill. As efforts to clean the waterways took effect over the past 30 years, 76 species of fish have been found in the Monongahela. Experts say it has probably been more than 250 years since Bald Eagles last nested along Pittsburgh’s three rivers. As recently as the mid-1980s, there were just a few remaining nesting Bald Eagles pairs anywhere in Pennsylvania. This year marks 30 years since the reintroduction of Bald Eagles in Pennsylvania. 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. Today, Pennsylvania boasts more than 250 nests.


National News
 

 
ABC World News – Sunday, March 31

 
NBC Nightly News – Tuesday, April 1


CBS National News 2-28-2014


Fox News 3-31-2014



Recent Activity

Here's some recent activity in the nest. The eagles often show up at random times during the day. We will try and post as many video clips as we can until nesting season. Please visit our YouTube and Facebook pages for more information.

First egg laid on February 19, 2014 at 4:45 PM - Hatch date: March 28, 2014 at 3:36 PM
Second egg laid on February 22, 2014 at 4:18 PM - Hatch date: March 30, 2014 at 7:17 AM
Third egg laid on February 25, 2014 at 6:39 PM - Hatch date: April 2, 2014 at 4:54 PM
 

 
First eaglet hatch 3-28-2014
 


Red-tail hawk takes swipes at nest

 
Immature bald eagle flies by nest

 
Raccoon attacks nest 2-26-2014

First egg laid on 2-19-2014

Second egg laid on 2-22-2014

 
Third egg laid on 2-25-2014

 
Camera installation on 12-20-2013

 

 


 

 

About the Webcam Project
 
This webcam is a pilot project with the Pennsylvania Game Commission which required a vast amount of work with the landowner, commission, and biologists to make this a reality. The camera system was installed on December 20, 2013. Ten Pennsylvania Game Commission conservation officers transported and install the camera equipment with the help of PixController, Inc.


      Video of Eagle Cam Installation

The camera system is a unique system which was custom designed and manufactured by PixController, Inc. The camera video feed is streamed over Verizon Wireless 4G LTE cellular network. Verizon has donated the data plan and bandwidth to stream the video signal and their partner, Sierra Wireless donate the 4G Gateway for the project. The video stream host and player is provided by WildEarth.tv from South Africa. Because the system is installed in a remote location the system is powered by a battery bank, which was supplied by Interstate Batteries, and is solar charged. This is truly a team effort by many people to bring this video feed to you.
 


Click on the Eagle Cam Graphic above which was designed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The camera is a Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera with built-in IR illuminators for night time illumination. The camera is mounted in a tree about 30 yards from the nest site with a view down into the nest. We can remotely move and zoom the camera and follow the eagles. During the day the video will be broadcast in color and during the night the video will switch over to black & white. We remotely monitor the battery power and site security via M2M (machine to machine) devices designed by PixController, Inc. to keep the video feed streaming and secure without the need for human presence.


Quick Bald Eagle Facts
 
  • How can I tell the male from the female bald eagle? The female is slightly larger than the male. In the case of the Hays bald eagles the male has a noticeable white spot on the right side.
  • Adult birds range from 35" to 37" tall with a wingspan of 72" to 90" and weigh between 10 to 14 lbs.
  • Their diet consists of mainly fish but will take advantage of carrion they can find.
  • The female lays 1-3 eggs 5-10 days after mating. For bald eagles in our area we should expect eggs between February & March. The eggs are incubated for about 35 days.
  • The nest is between 6' - 8' in diameter and can weigh up to 1 ton.
  • Bald eagles typically mate for life and have a 20-30 year lifespan.
  • Bald eagles do not reach maturity until they are 4-5 year old at which time they develop the white head and tail feathers.
  • For more bird facts visit the National Aviary or Western PA Audubon Society


 



 

   
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