New- Hanover Bald Eagle Educational Blog

Nov. 23, 2018

In partnership with Pennsylvania Game Commission   and Comcast Business .


HDOnTap, in partnership with Comcast Business and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will be streaming the Hanover Bald Eagle nest cameras live for the fifth season! We are excited to introduce the Hanover Bald Eagle Blog to help educate the Hanover Bald Eagle viewers about the behaviors and events they are witnessing on the live cams of bald eagles in their natural environment. The blog will be updated and posted bi-weekly (during peak nesting seasons) containing educational information, photos and video highlights pertaining to Bald Eagles and specific information relating to the Hanover nest. 

“HDOnTap is also thrilled to be partnering with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, leaders in raptor conservation science and education, on the new Hanover Bald Eagle Blog,” says HDOnTap Co-Founder Tiffany Sears. “We hope this adds to the live cam viewing experience. “


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.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is a scientific research center, an international conservation training site, a learning facility for all ages, an eco-tourism destination, a wildlife sanctuary open to the public year-round, the world's largest member supported raptor conservation organization, and one of the best places in northeastern North America to view the annual autumn hawk migration. 

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.

Hawk Mountain’s team of raptor conservation and education professionals will be remotely viewing the Hanover bald eagle live cam streams to monitor the nest activity and contribute scientific and educational information to the blog. 

Hawk Mountain


HDOnTap has been live streaming the Hanover, PA nest since 2015, previously in partnership with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, until the fall of 2018. In November 2018, the Pennsylvania Game Commission decided they no longer wanted to oversee and manage the Hanover Bald Eagle live cameras and awarded HDOnTap the live streaming permit. 

Last season proved to be unsuccessful for the Hanover bald eagle pair, commonly referred to as “Liberty” and “Freedom”. Dedicated viewers watched patiently as the parents took turns incubating their clutch of two eggs in hopes to see brand new eaglets brought into this world. In mid-March an “extra” adult bald eagle interfered with the nesting pair which ultimately led to the nest failure. For a detailed yearly season history for the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons, view the history tab on the Hanover blogs!

HDOnTap will be going live with the Hanover blog on December 3, 2018. "We are excited for the 2019 Hanover, PA Bald Eagle Nesting Season. This is one of our most popular nest cameras,” says Tiffany Sears. "Since 2015, viewers have enjoyed over 25 million hours of 24-7, live HD video and audio from the nest, as well as daily time-lapse clips on screens worldwide.”



HDOnTap, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and Comcast Business are all hoping for a successful 2019 Hanover nesting season!