Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #2
December 17, 2018
Hanover bald eagle blog
welcome to the 2019 hanover season!
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HDOnTap is thrilled to be partnering with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary on the new Hanover Bald Eagle Blog, to help share with viewers educational information, photos and video highlights pertaining to Bald Eagles and specifically the events at the Hanover nest.
introducing Hawk Mountain
The mission of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association is to conserve birds of prey worldwide by providing leadership in raptor conservation science and education, and by maintaining Hawk Mountain Sanctuary as a model observation, research and education facility.
As the world's first refuge for birds of prey, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary has a dramatic history that started during the Great Depression with amateur ornithologist Richard Pough. In 1929, Pennsylvania's Game Commission placed a $5 price tag on the goshawk's head—a grand sum at the time. Two years later, while Pough was a recent college graduate living in Philadelphia, he became one of a growing number of conservationists opposed to the widespread movement to eradicate wildlife predators, including predatory birds.
Pough heard of the place locals called "Hawk Mountain" and decided to visit. There he saw gunners stationed, shooting hundreds of passing hawks for sport. He returned to gather the carcasses lying on the forest floor and take photographs. Pough's photographs were eventually seen by a New York conservation activist, Rosalie Edge.
In 1934, Mrs. Edge came to Hawk Mountain and leased 1,400 acres. She installed a warden on the property, a New England bird enthusiast named Maurice Broun, and Maurice's wife and bird conservation partner, Irma Broun. The shooting stopped immediately and the next year, Mrs. Edge opened the Sanctuary to the public as a place to see the beautiful but persecuted birds of prey. She purchased and deeded the 1,400 acres to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, incorporated in 1938 as a non-profit organization in Pennsylvania.
Who They Are:
Hawk Mountain is...
• A scientific research center
• An international conservation training site
• A learning facility for all ages
• A wildlife sanctuary open to the public year-round
• The world's largest member-supported raptor conservation organization
• One of the best places in northeastern North America to view the annual autumn hawk migration
An Important Note from Hawk Mountain:
Greetings from Hawk Mountain! We are excited to share observations of the upcoming nesting season with all viewers, and we feel hopeful that this year will be a successful one for Liberty and Freedom. As eagle enthusiasts, there are precautions we can all take to help this pair on their road to raising healthy young.
Bald eagles spend 1-3 months tending their nest prior to laying, and studies show that too much disturbance can cause expecting parents to reconsider a nesting site, especially following a difficult year. Disturbance can also impact the eaglets during their first weeks by causing them to leave the nest early and expend valuable energy, a dangerous sacrifice during cold winter months.
We are thrilled that this pair has returned, and as viewers it’s important that we do our part to give them space and solitude in this sensitive pre-laying time. Here are a few behaviors we can all adopt to show them support:
• Keep a distance of at least 1,000 feet from the nest
• Limit noise
• Remain elusive (eagles are more disturbed by pedestrians than cars or boats)
• Let them "be wild"
Thank you all for understanding and demonstrating enthusiasm for these beautiful birds. Here’s to a new season!
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