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Hanover eagle nest livestream returns

Written by Nicole Chynoweth/Hanover Evening Sun | Dec 18, 2015 2:30 AM
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A bald eagle nest sits empty, except for two turtle shells, on Dec. 17, the first day of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's 2015-2016 livestream.(Photo: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Game Commission)

(Hanover) -- Though they didn't see much action, fans of the Hanover eagle cam rejoiced  as the Pennsylvania Game Commission's popular livestream returned to the web.

Two cameras, installed Nov. 30 by streaming service company HDOnTap, will provide live video footage of a bald eagle nest in Heidelberg Township, overlooking Codorus State Park, for several months.

It's the second season for the livestream, which drew millions of viewers around the world earlier this year as two adult eagles raised two eaglets.

HDOnTap and Comcast Business are corporate sponsors of the eagle cam. State park staff and the nonprofit organization Friends of Codorus State Park also support it.

The nest held just two turtle shells Thursday, with the adult eagles mostly hanging around out of view of the camera. Both of the cameras have audio, and one camera has infra-red technology so watchers can still check in with their feathered friends at night.

This year's cameras also have sound - a welcome addition for viewers who watched the nest in silence last year.

Facebook users expressed their excitement for eagle cam 2.0 in the various groups dedicated to the eagles and on The Evening Sun's page with joyous woohoos and yays.

"I am excited beyond words to watch the Hanover eagle family again, and watch perhaps a new 'Bonker' and 'Peewee' and their adventures," said Courtney Howard of Marietta, Lancaster County. "This year was my first year attracting hummingbirds to my back yard and with them gone until next year, well this eagle family is just what the (doctor) ordered."

"I am ecstatic that the cam is up and running," Kate Roebuck of Carslisle wrote. "Sound, lights, action! Praying for a successful year... and no snow storms."

Dorraine Burchett of Chillicothe, Ohio appreciates the opportunity to watch the entire life cycle of the eagles.

"From mating, sitting on the eggs, hatching, then parenting and raising the young, then watching them grow up and leave the nest - just truly amazing," she wrote in an email.

For Rhona Beitler of Owings Mills, Maryland, the eagle cam has inspired friendships and helped friends who have moved away reunite on Facebook, all in the spirit of "obsessing over two tiny little fuzzballs." She said "baby eagle alerts" were sent between people whenever something happened in the nest.

"My friends and I named ourselves 'The Eagle Aunties' and spent a ridiculous amount of time checking in on the progress of the babies," she wrote. "I have to say that once they flew away we missed them, and now once again we are all so excited to resume our posts."

Mary Ellen Em said she can't wait to see the first eagle.

"It's going to be an exciting 2016," she wrote. "I am from the Philly area, so this is my 'home' nest."

The livestream isn't just creating a buzz in Pennsylvania. Pam Barringer watches it in Vacaville, California.

"All I can say other than thank you to all who have been involved in making this happen... is PIP PIP hooray," she wrote, referring to the crack an eaglet makes in its egg when it is about to emerge. "I am a second year watcher of the cam... and it is just one of the best things to happen."

Janet Schager lives just south of Vienna, Austria in the middle of Europe and came across the eagle cam through a friend.

"I love it!" she wrote. "Last season, my grandson always wanted to watch the camera. Unfortunately being six hours ahead of you, he could not watch the camera in the morning, since it was very dark in Hanover at that time. I am looking forward to seeing everything this season."

How to watch

Visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission's website at pgc.state.pa.us. Halfway down the page, click the link that says "Bald Eagle Cam." This brings you to the point-of-view camera. To watch the infra-red camera, click the link that says "latest updates" above the point-of-view video stream. 

You can also view the eagle cam at HDOnTap.com. Click on "LIVE CAMS" at the top of the page, and you will be directed to the eagle cam. Scroll down the page to find a link to the infra-red camera.

 


This article comes to us through a parntership between the Evening Sun and WITF.

 





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