CRESCENT TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — The eagles are back in Pennsylvania — from just three nesting pairs 30 years ago to 250 today and with more than 300 pair projected in the next two years.

This remarkable resurgence is a testament to cleaner air and cleaner lakes and rivers.

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“The bald eagles are doing great,” said Gary Fujak, of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. “From starting with three nests in 1982 to what we’re at today; we’ve come a long way.”

And those nesting pairs are being very productive.

Recently, KDKA showed you amazing video from photographer Glenn Przyborski of a mother eagle and her newborn eaglet in the nest in the Hays section of Pittsburgh.

On Tuesday, KDKA found a young eaglet perched above an eagle’s nest in Crescent Township.

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It’s one of three eaglets born to a nesting pair there who have been able to adequately feed their young with fish from the Ohio River nearby.

“The health of the environment has a lot to do with the success we see here in Crescent Township,” said Fujak.

But like those parent eagles in Hays, the nesting pair in Crescent Township are about to become empty nesters as the eaglet and its siblings are already stretching their wings for flight.

“We usually state the Fourth of July as the date where they fledge or fly out of the nest,” Fujak said.

But to temper the excitement over the resurgence of these eagles, the Game Commission reminds everyone to keep a safe distance – 1,000 yards or little more than three football fields.

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