Once upon a time the bald eagle was in real trouble. Thanks to DDT pesticides weakening the shells of their eggs, these graceful birds were struggling to survive.
Obviously the United States would not let their national symbol become extinct, and much progress has been made in stabilizing populations of the eagle, especially in Pennsylvania where their numbers are thriving.
In fact, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is so pleased with their bald eagles that they installed a live camera next to one of their nests, broadcasting an ongoing newsfeed to the internet for everyone to enjoy.
This particular nest follows the adventures of a mating pair in their first season together (the female’s life-long mate died last year, sadly). On February 14, she laid an egg, and a second one three days later. The eggs will probably hatch around March 21, so you’ve got a bit of time before things get really exciting.
Enjoy these still frames, including an incredible photo that shows the bald eagle up to her neck in snow, calmly preserving the warmth of her unborn eaglets.
And be sure to take a look at the live feed yourself by clicking here.