Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Bald eagle nest found in Philadelphia (First Time in 200 Years!)
Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 3/18/2007 | n/a

Posted on 03/19/2007 8:07:16 AM PDT by Pyro7480

Bald eagle nest found in Phila.

PHILADELPHIA - Wildlife authorities have found the first bald eagle nest in the city in more than 200 years and hope the occupants will produce offspring, state officials said.

The nest "demonstrates the resilience of this species and its apparent growing tolerance to human activity," said Dan Brauning, a supervisor with the state Game Commission, in a statement Friday.

Officials are not disclosing the nest's exact location, to avoid disturbing it, but it is being closely monitored, the commission said.

"We don't know if the nest will result in the pair successfully breeding and laying eggs yet, but we are very hopeful," Brauning said.

The state began a campaign to re-establish the eagle population in 1983, when only three nesting pairs remained in Pennsylvania. Officials said last year that the number was higher than 100.

Bald eagles were upgraded from endangered to threatened status by the federal government in 1995 and by the state a decade later.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: baldeagle; eagle; philadelphia
I would guess that the bald eagles have their news in Fairmount Park somewhere.

This isn't a picture of one of bald eagles (it was taken Iowa), but I thought it was still a neat picture.


A North American Bald Eagle kicks up some snow as it lands on the ice below Lock and Dam 12 on the Mississippi River near Bellevue, Iowa, Sunday March 11, 2007. (AP Photo/Quad City Times, Kevin E. Schmidt)

1 posted on 03/19/2007 8:07:22 AM PDT by Pyro7480
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Pyro7480
I would guess that the bald eagles have their news in Fairmount Park somewhere.

Nest, not news.

2 posted on 03/19/2007 8:08:01 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pyro7480
I would guess that the bald eagles have their news in Fairmount Park somewhere.

I would guess in Tinicum wildlife refuge around the airport.

3 posted on 03/19/2007 8:10:14 AM PDT by dirtboy (Duncan Hunter 08)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pyro7480

First time in 200 years, huh? I bet the media trumpets this as a huge success coming directly from the ban on DDT about 35 years ago.


4 posted on 03/19/2007 8:11:01 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Enoch Powell was right.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pyro7480

For me, the very best thing about being stationed at Ft. Riley, KS for three years was being able to watch the eagles out at Lake Milford...I had a little white MGB at the time, and one day, an eagle followed me a good bit of the way to Manhattan. At some point he decided I was probably just a wee bit too big for a meal.


5 posted on 03/19/2007 8:13:30 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mo1

Ping!


6 posted on 03/19/2007 8:16:18 AM PDT by null and void (To Patriots, male bonding happens in the USMC, to Democrats, it happens at a Gay Pride parade)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pyro7480
They winter down here around Lake Guntersville.

If you aren't impressed by a Baldie then you probably can't be impressed.

7 posted on 03/19/2007 8:18:35 AM PDT by Condor 63
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pyro7480
The nest "demonstrates the resilience of this species and its apparent growing tolerance to human activity," said Dan Brauning, a supervisor with the state Game Commission, in a statement Friday.

Then the species will survive. The same thing happened back in the 80's with the Peregrine Falcon in New York City. They started building their nests on the sides of skyscrapers and thrive in the city now. (Lots of rats, pigeons, cats and unattended yappy dogs on balconies)

This is why I roll my eyes whenever an "enviromentalist" starts carping on about removing the habitat of a species. Most "environmentalists" are agnostic or athiestic darwinists, and yet they worry about a species that they should be glad to see gone.

Strong species survive, weak species die out. Adapt or die is the rule of nature and yet these "nature lovers" hate nature for that rule.

The Bald Eagle has proved that it can adapt. It will make it as a species.

8 posted on 03/19/2007 8:18:41 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pyro7480

Bump for later as I "might" have seen an eagle in central
Jersey yesterday....JJ61


9 posted on 03/19/2007 8:20:31 AM PDT by JerseyJohn61 (Better Late Than Never.......sometimes over lapping is worth the effort....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pyro7480
Great photo. Here's a link to a web cam of a nest in Norfolk VA. 2 adults and three new hatchlings.

Go here, Eagle Cam to see live cam feed.

10 posted on 03/19/2007 8:21:34 AM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Joe 6-pack
At some point he decided I was probably just a wee bit too big for a meal.

You sure it wasn't the car he wanted? He could have carried it off easily enough ;-)

When I was a kid a neighbour had an MGB. You just don't see them any more :-(

11 posted on 03/19/2007 8:24:00 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Is human activity causing the warming trend on Mars?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: pgkdan

Wife Eagle: "There it is again. I feel like somebody is watching us. I just know they are."

Husband Eagle: "You're crazy. The only thing out there is that thing on a pole and it hasn't moved in months!"


12 posted on 03/19/2007 8:27:18 AM PDT by nhoward14
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Squawk 8888
"You just don't see them any more :-("

No you don't...and she was a beauty, too. It was a '66 so it had the graceful chrome bumpers instead of the ugly black rubber ones the safety nazis mandated in '72. Chrome wire wheels, dual SU carbs, and red leather interior. I loved that little car!

13 posted on 03/19/2007 8:28:40 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: dirtboy
I would guess in Tinicum wildlife refuge around the airport.

That's another good site (I grew up just over the border in northern Delaware), but is any part of that within the city limits of Philadelphia?

14 posted on 03/19/2007 8:34:58 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Pyro7480

I read that bald eagles can swim. Now the day that I'm out on the lake and a freaking bald eagle comes swimming past me is the day I just put my car in neutral and let it roll off a cliff.


15 posted on 03/19/2007 8:46:22 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Condor 63
They winter down here around Lake Guntersville.

Yep. We're on a major migratory route here in the Sequatchie Valley, 70 or so miles northeast of you. I fly gliders and powered planes here a lot and see baldies often in the spring and fall. Hard to miss that brilliant white head and tail. I also see a large variety of hawks, kestrels, ospreys, even monarch butterflies and ballon spiders that pass through here, too. The occasional golden eagle, too, but they are part of a breeding/seeding program by the State of TN to repopulate the species in this area.

16 posted on 03/19/2007 8:48:51 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Just the facts, ma'am)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Pyro7480

Part of the refuge is in Philly, the rest Delaware County.


17 posted on 03/19/2007 8:52:29 AM PDT by dirtboy (Duncan Hunter 08)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: dirtboy
We have had a nest here for over 3 years. It is directly accross from Three Mile Island. It travels and plays on the wind on the hills to Hershey (guess it likes the smell of chocolate, lol).

It flies over my house all the time. The thing that gets me is the wing span. Amazing.

18 posted on 03/19/2007 9:00:43 AM PDT by AGreatPer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: AGreatPer

I've seen eagles around Mud Run dam as well.


19 posted on 03/19/2007 9:02:18 AM PDT by dirtboy (Duncan Hunter 08)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Thermalseeker

I'd imagine TN is Baldie heaven.


20 posted on 03/19/2007 9:07:23 AM PDT by Condor 63
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Pyro7480

if you want to keep an eagle out of philadelphia, put up goal posts.


21 posted on 03/19/2007 9:26:51 AM PDT by philsfan24
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Condor 63


So is the Skagit river valley.


22 posted on 03/19/2007 9:38:21 AM PDT by rahbert
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Pyro7480
The eagles were trying hard to make it to The "Gathering of Eagles"...(warning, lotsa graphics!)
23 posted on 03/19/2007 9:40:53 AM PDT by Issaquahking (Duncan Hunter for president!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
Then the species will survive. The same thing happened back in the 80's with the Peregrine Falcon in New York City

There have been several pairs of falcons nesting on ledges of highrises in downtown Cleveland also, for many years now. Reminiscent of Rush's reference to spotted owls' nest sighted in a broken K-Mart sign at a shopping strip somewhere.

24 posted on 03/19/2007 4:30:49 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: pgkdan

"Go here, Eagle Cam to see live cam feed."

My cousin, from Virginia, told me about the eagle cam on March 21st. That day I read your post since I was looking for a thread on FR to tell someone about it. I'm so glad you did.

Isn't it wonderful to watch them? The chicks sure are growing, and I love when both of the adults feed them. Yesterday I saw the male fly into the nest with a fish in his talon.


25 posted on 03/26/2007 7:02:48 PM PDT by toldyou
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: toldyou

I think they're amazing to watch. I check in on them about 20 times a day...my wife says I sould give them a little privacy! I can't believe how quickly the chicks are growing...but they should grow fast, they spend 20 hours a day eating!


26 posted on 03/27/2007 5:53:36 AM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: toldyou

Today for the first time that I've noticed, both adults are gone from the sest and it's just the chicks.


27 posted on 03/27/2007 5:58:33 AM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: paulat

Thought you would be interested *ping*


28 posted on 03/27/2007 6:01:16 AM PDT by tiredoflaundry (The greatest danger to our troops is the Congress of the United States.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson