Bald Eagle Nest Receives Improvements

A bald eagle nesting site used for decades by pairs of the threatened birds in Pennsylvania has gotten an assist from the Game Commission after a nest collapsed. Essential Public Radio's Jared Adkins has the story for The Allegheny Front.

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ADKINS: Three Game Commission employees built a platform for the birds thatís intended to be sturdier than the tree limbs which collapsed. Itís located at the nesting site on Haldeman Island in Dauphin County, in the eastern part of the state. The idea is to encourage the bald eagle pair to rebuild the nest and reproduce this year. But spokesman Richard Danley says it is possible that the eagles wonít construct a new nest until next year, even though this is breeding season. Itís even possible that the birds wonít use the platform at all since theyíre picky house-hunters. Danley says that that it was nonetheless important to set up the nest in Dauphin County.

DANLEY: It is one of the two eagles that we have that frequent our commonwealth and itís a majestic bird that actually will go out and we can witness these birds being raised here.

ADKINS: Bald eagles were removed from the endangered species list in 2007. As of last year, the game commission counted about 200 nests in the state.

For the Allegheny Front, I'm Jared Adkins.