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Audubon Confirms Hatch in Harmar Eagles' Nest

 Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania confirms an eaglet hatch at the Harmar Bald Eagles’ nest. The confirmation is based on the adult eagles’ behaviors—there is still no visual confirmation of the eaglet. A newly-hatched eaglet is grey, fuzzy, and very small—but grows very quickly. We expect to be large enough to see in about a week’s time via the webcam. This morning, an adult eagle was seen ripping food into small pieces, then leaning over to feed the eaglet (see attached image). Audubon will continue to monitor the nest and will provide images of the eaglet when it’s visible within the nest. At this time, we cannot confirm if there will be more than one eaglet in the nest. The first egg was laid on February 27, 2017. The Harmar Eagle Cam may be viewed at http://aswp.org/pages/harmar-nest.

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Construction in Progress at Beechwood

Construction in Progress at Audubon’s Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve: Trails, Nature Store - Open During Construction - Construction has begun atAudubon Society of Western Pennsylvania’s Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, located in Fox Chapel. The improvements are the result of monies raised during Audubon’s Centennial Campaign. $6.3 million of the $7 million goal for the campaign has already been raised, including $1.7 million for projects at Beechwood. Watch the construction cam!

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Christmas Bird Count Summary - Pittsburgh

117th Christmas Bird Count Summary for Pittsburgh - One hundred and seventy participants joined forces to tally the birds of Pittsburgh on December 31, 2016.  The annual count is hosted and coordinated by Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania and always occurs on the Saturday after Christmas, hence the New Year’s Eve date.  Despite the holiday, participants spent a combined 278 hours in the field and 121 at feeders. [READ MORE]

Hays, Harmar Cams Streaming for 2017 - Pittsburgh Bald Eagles

Bald Eagle Webcams at Harmar, Hays Now Streaming Live - [Fox Chapel, PA, January 4, 2017] – Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania announces the 2017 launch of the Harmar and Hays Bald Eagle webcams. To view the webcams and to participate in live chats with other eagle fans, visit www.aswp.org. “Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania’s mission is to connect people to birds and nature, and over the past three years, our Bald Eagle cameras have connected millions of viewers to these impressive birds,” says Jim Bonner, Audubon’s executive director. “We look forward to what we hope will be another successful year for Pittsburgh’s Bald Eagles.”

Audubon Featured in Christmas Bird Count Article

[Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 25, 2016] Volunteers on Wednesday will hike through wooded areas of Westmoreland County in search of feathered creatures flying in the air and perched in trees.  Members of the Bushy Run bird circle will have their eyes peeled in four locations — Beaver Run and Loyalhanna reservoirs, Keystone State Park and Bushy Run Battlefield. Read the full article here.

Participate in the Christmas Bird Count!

Scientists rely on the remarkable trend data of Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC) data to measure changes in the environment and in bird populations throughout the continent.  This information paints a clear picture of bird distribution and abundance which aids in the understanding of what of what can be done to conserve bird species.  While scientists rely on the data, the success of the CBC relies on people like you!Participation is free and experience is not necessary – new birdwatchers can be teamed up with experienced birdwatchers.  Counting birds at bird feeders is also an important part of this count, so you don’t even have to leave your home!Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania hosts the Pittsburgh CBC.  This year, the count is scheduled for Saturday, December 31st for the area surrounding Pittsburgh.  The CBC Dinner is scheduled for January 1, 6:00PM at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve.  The results of the Pittsburgh count will be tallied during this event.