Skip to comments.Bald Eagles are nesting on all three of Pittsburgh's major rivers!
Posted on 03/31/2014 4:14:24 AM PDT by galtman
Pittsburghers Rooting for the Eagles?
Many people probably thought the day would never come when Pittsburghers would be cheering for the Eagles Bald Eagles, that is!
It has probably been more than 250 years since Bald Eagles last nested along Pittsburghs three rivers. In the 18th century, suitable nesting habitat in the form of mature tall trees was stripped from the hillsides flanking the rivers to meet the lumber and fuel demands of a rapidly growing human population in the area; second, industrialization beginning in the 19th century led to extensive unregulated pollution of the rivers, which decimated fish populations that eagles feed on; third, beginning in the mid-20th century eagles (and many other birds) showed signs of succumbing to the unintended side effects of widespread use of the pesticide DDT (developed for use in World War II) which eventually caused chronic nesting failure for the species. As recently as the mid-1980s, there were just a few remaining nesting Bald Eagles pairs anywhere in Pennsylvania, all of these in the northwest corner of the state. Even more recently, during the Second Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas project conducted statewide from 2004-2010, no Bald Eagles were observed nesting in (or even very close to) Allegheny County.
This history makes it all the more amazing that today there is a pair nesting on each of our three rivers, and one, located on the Monongahela River in the community of Hays, is within just five miles of the miles of the Point! A second nest is within view of the Allegheny River near Harmarville, and a third nest is in an undisclosed location in Allegheny County along the Ohio River. Importantly, Pittsburgh (Allegheny County) is now tied with Philadlephia County: three Bald Eagle nests to three!
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Their nests float?
I’ve been watching the Hays nest online. Apparently there is a train track very close . Hear the trains going by.
It’s fascinating how gentle and attentive the parents are.
Sounds like a prime location for some windmills. Pesky dang eagles.
We don’t have eagles in da Burg - they’re iggles.
Here, near Philly, my Dad calls them the Beagles.
Do you go to the one in ‘sliberty or da sousside?
That whole Rachel Caron DDT thing was as big a hoax as global warming .but look how it lives on!!
I believe it is Carson, and the only thing worse is how malaria lives on once DDT became the enemy. Deaths of tens of thousands of people somehow pales in comparison to the lofty iggle. Malaria was almost eradicated until Carson came along.
The Hays nest site made ABC news. Even showed a video of Mama Eagle fighting off a raccoon trying to raid the nest. No small feat. Raccoons are vicious.
And the lives lost to malaria, thanks to Rachel Carson, number in the millions. Yet another pernicious liberal, up to her dithering armpits in human death and destruction.
Why is it, every time these alleged do-gooders do anything, it ends up costing us more — sometimes even lives?
Ha Ha ... that bad headline was written by the Audubon Society ... not me ... I would have written “ Three pairs of Bald Eagles nesting near each of Pittsburgh’s three Rivers” ... their headline doesn’t detract from a cool story!!!
Bald Eagles are nesting on all three of Pittsburgh’s major rivers!
What happens when the ice melts?
There’s an eagle nest on the Arkansas River a few miles from my house that is also right next to a train track (BNSF). Fortunately, it’s not near a crossing so the horn is not in use but it certainly gets rumbled by the locomotive engines. In a recent trip by the location, I did see the male keeping watch, perched on the edge of the nest.
Pittsburg traded a thriving steel industry for a handful of eagles?
Such a deal!
Let ‘em starve under Obama - it is what they voted for and deserve.
Huh ... I thought I was posting to Free Republic ... a site that caters to adults ... I must have posted to Yahoooooo by accident ... because many responses here seem to be coming from liberal children !!!
You seem to be the only adult posting a response to this story ... feel like I’m on Yahooooo!
I live in that hideous town ... I know the history!
Of course, now that Obamacare is here, expect health care to turn to dust.
Jynt Iggle IS the “BigBird.”
Well the Steel Industry has been gone pretty much from the late 70s thanks to the troika of Big Labor (the USW) Big Dem policy making (Pittsburgh is STILL blue) and enviro wackoism.
The eagles are nested in TREES which are “volunteeer” growth along the hillsides along the rivers. I too have been watching the one in Hays. Fascinating to watch. Several years back we had (and probably still do) have Peregrine Falcon nests. One on a window ledge of a skyscraper Dahntahn and the other on a ledge of the Cathedral of Learning out in Oaklin.
Yeah, they’re cute. But eagles gotta eat, which means the ducks on your pond, the fish in your pond, the chickens in your yard, your cat, your little dog are all on the menu.
Bald eagles are killer on the grab n go animal population.
Making a big comeback in Texas as well.
1 of 3 eggs hatches in Pittsburgh bald eagle nest
good keeps them away from the “ENVIRONMENTALLY” friendly bird and bat killing wind farms.
Not a fan of the DDT ban, or the flimsy reasons behind it.
However, to be fair, if DDT had continued being used at the massive rate it was before Carson came along, it is likely considerable resistance would have evolved by now.
Pesticides, biocides and antibiotics are just not very long term solutions to pest or germ problems. The more massive the use, the more quickly resistance evolves.
In case you want to see something a little smaller..
Here’s another nest I’m watching. A Channel Island Allen Hummingbird.
A couple chicks just hatched 2 days ago.
Unfortunately we won’t know really because of Rachel, if DDT was truly the wonder drug or if resistance would have occurred as you suggest. We really were that close to eradication of Malaria.
No, just literate people who know a poorly written headline when we see it, and have a sense of humor. Something you could use.
I have a sense of humor ... and if you had read the entire article you would have KNOWN that I did not write the header ... I also have a nose for rudeness and arrogance ... are you sure you aren’t a Yahooooer who wandered here by accident?!!!
Eagles also eat lots of carrion ... which is why Ben Franklin did not favor them as a national symbol!!!
Yep, eagles are close to becoming a nuisance. In farm country, they feast on dead livestock and roadkill.
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