Pittsburgh Hays Bald Eagle Camera Update
April 2, 2014 - The third eaglet hatched at 4:54 PM Eastern today, click here to see a video. We expect that to hatch soon! The eagle cam stream should work on PC's using Chrome & FireFox browsers, and on Apple iOS. If the new player is not working try the old player here: http://www.pixcontroller.com/eagles/index-old.htm. For Android support click here.

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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.


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. 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.
 

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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