In its preliminary 2013 count of bald eagles statewide, the Pennsylvania Game Commission says it has confirmed 252 bald eagles nests in Pennsylvania, with nesting eagles confirmed in 56 of the state’s 67 counties.
Both numbers represent new highs in the thirty years in which eagle restoration efforts have been underway in the Commonwealth.
Confirmed numbers last year included 206 nests, with nesting eagles confirmed in 51 counties.
In 1983, the Game Commission began what would become a seven-year bald eagle restoration program. Initially, twelve seven week-old eaglets were taken from nests in Saskatchewan, Canada, and were relocated to an island in the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg and a lake in Pike County. In all, 88 eaglets would be released from the sites.
Within fifteen years, Pennsylvania was home to 25 pairs of nesting eagles, and by three years later (2001), that number had doubled.
More information on bald eagles can be found under “Bald Eagle Watching in Pennsylvania” on the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us