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Pennsylvania Bald Eagles


Live Stream of Bald Eagle Nest from Hanover

Thank you for joining us in celebrating a thriving bald eagle population in Pennsylvania. We are grateful to HDOnTapComcast BusinessCodorus State Park, and our other partners for their involvement in the success of this live stream.

Thank you for joining us during 2018 at the Hanover bald eagle nest. This season was full of excitement as we learned new things about Pennsylvania's growing bald eagle population. The live stream closed on Friday, May 4. You can view a summary of past seasons on the Camera2 Updates page. What appears to have been an attempt to take over this territory by a floater (also known as intraspecific intrusion) has likely been replicated at several nests across the state as the bald eagle population grows. This is a testament to the Game Commission's eagle recovery efforts and a result of a thriving bald eagle population. We appreciate the time and dedication of our partners that made this live stream possible and thank the fans for being respectful and engaged in this unique learning opportunity. We invite you all to tune in to the live stream from elk country this fall, where we hope to view bugling bull elk, turkey, deer, and other wildlife. Until then, we invite you to share some of your summer wildlife experiences with us on Facebook.

Bald Eagles and Lead

The recovery of bald eagles has come a long way since two or three nests in the late 1970s. With the success of the Game Commission's recovery program, Pennsylvania now boasts more than 300 nests. As the eagle population increases, so does the chance of negative interaction between people and eagles. Lead in the environment is dangerous to bald eagles. Hunters and anglers can help prevent lead from being ingested by avian scavengers in two ways: by choosing to use non-lead ammunition and by burying carcasses and gut piles. Learn more in the resources below.

Bald Eagles & Lead brochure PDF
Bald Eagles & Lead film (6:08)

Eagle Watching

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.

Contributions to Pennsylvania Wildlife

Donations to the Game Commission and proceeds from all sales bolster the Game Commission's efforts to preserve, conserve and manage Pennsylvania's wildlife resources and habitats. You might enjoy the Birds of Pennsylvania Field Guide among other books, calendars, patches, apparel and more.

Visit to learn about the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 4647) that would bring stable funding to support Pennsylvania wildlife species in greatest need of conservation, like the Bald Eagle. Read about these species in the Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan.

Documentary - Celebrating 30 Years of Restoration More Information

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.

Pennsylvania Bald Eagle YouTube film 

More Information

Pennsylvania Bald Eagle Webinar - recorded March 25, 2016 (37:25)
Bald Eagle Identification Tips
Bald Eagle Fast Facts
Bald Eagle Watching in Pennsylvania
Bald Eagle Nest Viewing Etiquette
Bald Eagle Wildlife Note
Pennsylvania Bald Eagles poster(PDF)
Educator's Guide to Celebrating Pennsylvania Bald Eagles and Elk (PDF) and more resources for educators.