PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There is a record number of bald eagle nests in Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s mid-year report.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission annually releases a mid-year inventory of bald eagle nests just before the Fourth of July.
This year’s report shows 254 bald eagle nests in Pennsylvania, with nesting eagles present in at least 59 of the state’s 67 counties. These numbers are both all-time highs for the mid-year report, according to the Game Commission.
Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough called the results “heart-warming.”
“The all-time high numbers illustrate Pennsylvania’s bald eagle population is better than ever,” Hough said. “But these are only the ones we know about. There are more.”
“This is one of the greatest wildlife success stories out there, and it’s not over,” Game Commission Biologist Patti Barber said. “Pennsylvania continues to sustain a healthy and growing bald eagle population, and the fact eagles are branching out to more areas of the state indicates there are more gains to come.”
The bald eagle was removed from Pennsylvania’s list of threatened species in January, and more than 3 million viewers have viewed the Hays bald eagle cam.