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.
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Eagle pair attracting attention (March 12, 2013) • New nest built (Nov. 28, 2013) • 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)
Bald eagle facts
• The eagles are in Pittsburgh because there's food here -- a sign that the town is cleaning up. In 1967, a Monongahela River study found only one bluegill. Today, the river holds 76 species of fish.
• The female is slightly larger than the male. Of the Hays bald eagles, the male has a noticeable white spot on the right side.
• Bald eagles can fly as high as 10,000 feet. In level flight, they can reach speeds of 30 to 35 mph.
• Bald eagles typically mate for life and live for up to 30 years.
Stay tuned for more facts, or ask a question in the comment section below! Look for answers from local wildlife professionals soon.
First Published January 31, 2014 1:38 PM