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HDOnTap Featured in Local CBS8 San Diego News Story!

Posted by Tiffany Sears on September 26 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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Tim Sears, Co-Founder of HDOnTap, featured in local CBS8 News Story with partner The American Eagle Foundation.

Pennsylvania’s live elk camera returns for another bugling season

Posted by Tiffany Sears on September 05 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission and HDOnTap are once again offering a live web camera where elk enthusiasts can watch the fall bugling season.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #32

Posted by theresa on July 19 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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Stars and Stripes have begun the next chapter of their life. This past year the Hanover home has been filled with startling discoveries, not only for the youngsters, but also for their human fans.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #31

Posted by theresa on July 05 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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It’s official: both Stars and Stripes have taken their first flights from the nest, and just as we will be celebrating independence this week, so will these two eaglets as they begin to gain experience and comfort with their newly accessible surroundings. Even though we have not witnessed their first exploratory hops, jumps, and flaps, outside of the nest, both eaglets are likely experimenting with landings and take-offs by moving from branch to branch, stump to stump. Recently fledged bald eagles like Stars and Stripes will use their nest as a home base while taking short flights to and from, and will continue to beg for food from their parents until Liberty and Freedom cut them off.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #30

Posted by theresa on July 01 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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There can be no doubt that we all breathed a sigh of relief when Stars plopped back into the nest Sunday evening, not only alive and well, but with a prey item in tow! We will never know what occurred on Star’s walkabout (or fly-about), but his/her apparent health and vigor reminds us of the inherent resilience of bald eagles. We can also view the reappearance of Stars as an indicator that the Hanover eaglets are beginning an elaborate learning process in which trial and error play a strong role in teaching them “how to be an eagle.”

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #29

Posted by theresa on June 24 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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This past Tuesday many of us were shocked to witness the fall of a Hanover eaglet from the nest. As confirmed by viewers who know the individuals well, the 12-week-oldeaglet referred to as Star was knocked out of the nest, likely by Liberty the mother. Upon review of the footage, the scramble for ownership over a fish seems to be at the center of the commotion resulting in Star’s exit. Educational coordinator for the eagle cam at the American Eagle Foundation in Tennessee shared that during her years of bald eagle observation, she has noticed that 12-week old eaglets are notably “grabby,” and become increasingly feisty towards parents at this age.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #28

Posted by theresa on June 17 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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Flight is one of the most enviable gifts that exists within the animal kingdom, and although humans have done an impressive job at recreating the experience via our technological advances, nothing quite compares to the natural grace of a bird. To achieve aerial prowess, a young eagle must develop the anatomical necessities that make flight possible. Many groups of animals such as mammals exhibit a wide diversity of anatomical structure, yet the basics of the bird body are very similar across all flighted species. It turns out, there are only so many ways to achieve flight.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #27

Posted by theresa on June 07 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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At this stage, the visits by the adults are primarily prey deliveries. In an earlier blog, we discussed what bald eagles can eat, yet deciphering what the family is actually eating requires nest observations. Luckily, we have that option!

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #26

Posted by Tiffany Sears on May 31 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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One of the first things we often wonder when we observe nest cams is whether or not the nestlings are male or female. With mammals, this mystery is relatively easy to solve. With birds, it depends heavily on the species. Raptors can be especially challenging because they are less likely to offer external clues such as variation in plumage colors and pattern. For many raptors, we rely mostly on size.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #25

Posted by theresa on May 24 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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Many of you are likely wondering when the Hanover eaglets will begin to show signs of wanting to leave the nest. While we can’t say for sure they ever truly want to leave the free food and good company of their home, bald eagles often fledge around 80 days after hatching. We are now at about 50 days since the first egg hatched.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #24

Posted by Tiffany Sears on May 17 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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Even though the larger firstborn chick could exhibit dominance over the second-born, the two siblings cohabitate quite peacefully. But do all raptors siblings get along this well?

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #23

Posted by Tassia Bezdeka on May 10 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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The appearance of the Hanover eaglets has changed rapidly over the course of the last week, most notably in the transformation of their feathers. As with many patterns in the natural world, however, there is a method to the madness.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #22

Posted by Tiffany Sears on May 03 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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While the Hanover nestlings engage in a variety of activities, we can all agree that a large portion of their time is spent catching z’s. They feed, sleep, defecate, and then sleep some more.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #21

Posted by Tassia Bezdeka on April 26 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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This season (as in seasons past), we've had the memorable pleasure of watching the eaglets projectile poop directly onto one of the cameras. That’s right, this week we’re going to discuss projectile pooping... Look out below!

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #20

Posted by Tassia Bezdeka on April 19 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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Now that winter has drawn to a close, the temperature extremes faced by the Hanover family have shifted from cold concern to hindrance by heat. This week we have witnessed both parents and hatchlings engaged in what looks suspiciously like panting. In birds, we call this behavior “gular fluttering,” so named because the area of skin on a bird’s neck is called the gular and they will flutter this skin as a way of dissipating heat. Birds do not possess sweat glands, and therefore they engage in other physiological and behavioral methods to cool off.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #19

Posted by Tassia Bezdeka on April 12 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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Liberty and Freedom sure stick to the bald eagle schedule! True to our expectations, the chicks hatched two days apart, mirroring their laying interval. This week, many of us have likely been sneaking peaks at the Hanover nest every chance we get, soaking up what can objectively be described as adorable offspring.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #18

Posted by Tiffany Sears on April 04 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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The first hatchling is here! At approximately 9:20 this morning a tiny, beautiful, scrunched up altricial baby eagle unfolded into our world. There can be no doubting it now, Spring is here.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #17

Posted by Tiffany Sears on March 29 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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Right now, while Liberty and Freedom are sitting on a nest, there are thousands of bald eagles engaged in flight, returning to breeding grounds to begin the process themselves. Hawk watch sites across North America are reporting sightings, and on March 21st Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth Minnesota broke their previous one-day count for bald eagles with a whopping 1,076!

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #16

Posted by Tiffany Sears on March 22 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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This week another intruder event was documented at the Hanover nest, eliciting an array of vocalizations from the incubating parent. When witnessing this type of behavioral interaction, it may seem odd that another eagle would try to disrupt Liberty and Freedom at this stage in the breeding season. Is it to steal a mate? A territory? The nest site?

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #15

Posted by Tiffany Sears on March 14 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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Have you ever wondered what is responsible for the color of bird eggs? In your brief glimpses of the eggs on the Hanover nest you have probably noticed they are white. The causes of egg coloration have been a topic of much debate throughout the history of oology (the study of eggs).

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #14

Posted by Tassia Bezdeka on March 08 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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Last Friday evening the second egg of the clutch was laid! Both embryos have now been developing for at least a week, and the first-born should be on the verge of looking somewhat bird-like. While a 9-day old chick doesn’t look convincingly avian, by day 11 the beak and limbs appear more formed, and the eyelids begin closing. Though veiled from our eyes, each day these little chicks are developing more and more eagle characteristics, all made possible by the very crucial parental behavior of incubation.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #13

Posted by Tiffany Sears on March 01 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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Eaglet on the Way! At approximately 5:07 on Tuesday evening, the moment we’ve been waiting for finally arrived in the form of an oval-like, mostly white, rough-textured, beautiful EAGLE EGG! Congratulations to Liberty and Freedom; we are all eager to see what lies in store for this brand-new addition to the Hanover nest.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #12

Posted by Tassia Bezdeka on February 26 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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As you may have seen, Liberty and Freedom have copulated at the nest! If this was a successful attempt, we would expect eggs to appear in the next 5-10 days. This was not only an uplifting reminder that snowstorms don’t damper their baby-making mood, but also an opportunity to delve into the physiological processes that follow insemination.'

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #11

Posted by Tiffany Sears on February 15 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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Happy belated Valentine’s Day to the Hanover eagles! Love is likely in the air, seeing as the first egg at this nest has historically been laid around this time, and copulation may occur soon if it has not already.

Hanover Bald Eagle Blog #10

Posted by Tiffany Sears on February 08 2019 | Categories: INNOVATION

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Did you know bald eagles have had to fight hard to survive and carry on their populations through many hardships?

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