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The Hanover-area eagle cam is back

Alyssa Pressler
York Dispatch
  • The eagle cam is up and running again after it was shut down in June this year.
  • The shut down came after the nest partially collapsed, but the eagles have rebuilt it.

In a holiday gift for all of York County, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has reinstalled the eagle cam this month after it was shut down in June. 

The shutdown came after part of the eagles nest, which is located on private property near Codorus State Park outside of Hanover, collapsed at the end of May. The stream was going to be shut down before the collapse, according to the game commission's website, so the agency staff could focus on other projects. 

This eaglet at the Hanover-area bald eagle nest hatched March 28, 2016, and died two days later.
(Courtesy of Pa. Game Commission)

The eagle cam has been popular over the years, giving viewers an inside-look at life in an eagle's nest. This will be the third year the eagle cam has been up and running. 

“Over the past four years, we’ve seen an adult eagle defend its egg against a raiding raccoon, watched as another adult unwaveringly continued to incubate eggs as snow piled up on its back, and had to deal with a newly obstructed view after one chick targeted the camera lens," said Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough in a news release. "Even during last year’s failed nesting attempt, watching the eagles’ response was fascinating."

The nest has two cameras pointed at it, both of which have microphones attached, and video began streaming on Dec. 28. According to a news release from the state Game Commission, eagles have nested in the tree for more than 10 years. 

Hanover eagle nest partially collapses ahead of cam shutdown

Last spring there were no eaglet survivors. One eaglet died at 2 days old, while the other egg never hatched. The Game Commission said afterwards that it was unsure what caused the nesting failure. 

The Game Commission said in the release that more than 550,000 viewers tuned in to watch the eagles, down from 1.5 million viewers two years ago. 

A parent eagle nudges its unresponsive chick in a nest outside Hanover on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.
(Courtesy of Pa. Game Commission)

“We are happy to be involved in a partnership that allows people from around the world to get an inside look at an active eagle nest,” Codorus State Park Operations Manager Deanna Schall said in the release. “Not only is it fascinating to watch, it is educational as well."

Viewers can watch the live steam by visiting the Pennsylvania Game Commission website, but interested watchers should "be aware that, at times, nature can be difficult to watch," the site states. 

“With the eagle cam, what will happen next is anyone’s guess,” Hough said in the release.