Photos courtesy of the Pennsylvania Game Commission
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -
The Pennsylvania Game Commission said a preliminary count of bald eagle nests across the state has so far confirmed 252 eagle nests throughout the
Nesting eagles are now present in 56 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties, the agency said Monday.
A year ago, there were 206 confirmed eagle nests in 51 counties.
"We're to the point in Pennsylvania where the bald eagle's success is something that's expected," Game Commission Executive Director Carl Roe said. "Year after year, their numbers grow. Year after year, their range grows broader.
"It truly is a remarkable story," Roe said. "And remarkably, it's a true story, and one that continually builds up to a better and better ending."
Only three pairs of nesting eagles remained in Pennsylvania 30 years ago - all
of them in the northwest along
the Ohio border - but the Game Commission in 1983 began a seven-year restoration program and gradually released 88 bald eaglets from Canada into the wild.
By 1998, Pennsylvania was home to 25 pairs of nesting bald eagles, and within the next three years the number of nesting pairs doubled.
In 2005, the Game Commission took the bald eagle off the state's endangered list and reclassified it as a threatened species.