Hanover's popular Eagle Cam returns
After a partial collapse of the nest last year, the Pennsylvania Game Commission was unsure if a pair of Hanover-area bald eagles would return again for the 2018 nesting season.
But the birds have rebuilt the nest, and the commission announced it will be bringing back its popular eagle cam.
Provided through a partnership among the commission, HDOnTap, Comcast Business and Codorus State Park, the eagle cam — consisting of two cameras equipped with microphones and positioned 75 feet high in a tree next to the park — streams live 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Two eggs hatched during the 2017 season, and both eaglets fledged and left the nest.
The nest, which had partially collapsed and was rebuilt ahead of last year's nesting season, collapsed again since the eagle cam last was online, according to the game commission.
"But once again, the adult eagles using the nest tree have rebuilt the nest, and appear to have it ready for another go in the coming months," the commission stated in a news release.
The eagle cam offers a close-up view of the eagles for viewers to see "in ways they never could through binoculars or a spotting scope,” game commission Executive Director Bryan J. Burhans stated in the release.
"You can pretty much guarantee you’ll see something fascinating," he continued.
Drawing as many as 1.5 million viewers per nesting season, the cam's more than 6.8 million hours of footage and daily time-lapse clips are wildly popular.
Codorus State Park operations manager Deanna Schall stated in the release, “We receive so many appreciative comments from people across the country and teachers who use the livestream in their classrooms as a teaching tool."