Live: Watch Pittsburgh's bald eagles

About the eagles

A pair of bald eagles is nesting in the Hays neighborhood of Pittsburgh, south of Downtown along the Monongahela River. Because industrialization caused long-term damage to the region's ecosystem, experts say it has probably been more than 250 years since bald eagles last nested along Pittsburgh’s three rivers. With the help of the Canadian government, several agencies, including the Pennsylvania Game Commission, brought bald eagle chicks back to their states.

New: Eagle Cam contest!

The high-tech camera watching the Hays eagles has tilt, pan, zoom, night vision and audio capabilities.

Want to operate it?

Winners of a Post-Gazette bald eagle trivia contest, April 14 through May 5, will control the video feed seen by thousands of viewers around the world. One winner per week will tour PixController -- the Murrysville security camera firm that maintains the technology -- and operate the camera for 20 minutes. During the experience the winner’s name and town will appear under the video. Additional prizes include wallpaper-ready high-resolution .jpgs of the Hays eagles taken by Post-Gazette photographers and a booklet of staff articles chronicling the birds’ Pittsburgh residency (winners of the April 14 and April 21 contests will also get two free registrations to the Post-Gazette Eagle Watch Bicycle Trip on April 27).

To enter, watch for eagle trivia questions that will be posted on this page at 1 p.m. April 14, April 21, April 28 and May 5. The answer to each week’s question will be something that was included in a 2014 Post-Gazette story about the Hays eagles. The first person to post the correct answer on the eagles comment board wins. Winners agree to visit PixController at a date and time convenient to the company.

April 14 winner: Carol Myers (below) won the April 14 Eagle Cam contest. She operated the PixController camera for about an hour and a half on Wednesday, April 16.

April 14 eagle cam operator

April 21 winner: Donna Rinaldo.

The next trivia question will be posted at 1 p.m. on April 28.

Watch the live cam

This video stream and any advertising therein are controlled by PixController and WildEarth, who are graciously providing free access to the Post-Gazette and an international audience. (See how the camera was installed) 
This webcam is a pilot project with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The camera will be streaming 24/7 as long as temperatures don't approach 0°F. The new player should work on PCs using Chrome and Firefox browsers, and on Apple iOS. For Android support, click here. If the new player is not working, try the old player.



Eagle pair attracting attention (March 12, 2013) • New nest built (Nov. 28, 2013) • Nesting season begins (Jan. 19) Don't mess with the nest (Feb. 3) • First egg (Feb. 19) • Second egg (Feb. 24) • Three eggs! (Feb. 26) • Raccoon attempts egg theft (Feb. 27)  •  Human help? (Feb. 28) • A glimpse into nature's reality (Mar. 9)  •  The eaglet has landed (Mar. 28)  •  Second eaglet emerges (Mar. 30)  •  Pip in third egg (Apr. 1) ... and it hatches (Apr. 2)  • Webcam enthralls viewers, aids research (Apr. 14)

Bald eagle facts

Browse the collection of facts here. If you have more questions, ask in the comment section below -- the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania has kindly been answering.

First Published January 31, 2014 1:38 PM

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