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Audubon Society Working On Ideas To Expand Popular Eagle Cam

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Last year's Live Eagle Cam in Hays was almost as popular as the final episode of M.A.S.H.

Thousands tuned in each day for live updates on an eagle pair and their three little eaglets. Now this genuine reality show is ready for its second season.

Brian Shema of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania teamed up with the Pennsylvania Game Commission to install a second live eagle cam. At Audubon headquarters in Fox Chapel, the live feed shows the parents are now empty nesters.

"The birds are out there," Shema says. "They're feeding. They're doing their normal thing. Just not at the nest as often now as they will be."

Last year's eagle antics were followed by classrooms across the country. This year, Audubon has built a website portal to increase student participation.

"It will be more interactive. We're going to try to push very specific information into schools and actually engage kids on a one-on-one basis with our educators," Shema said.

The Audubon Society plans to eventually put a second camera at another eagle nesting site in Harmar, which is just a couple of hills from their headquarters. In the meantime, they have bought the property that surrounds it.

As for the next set of eggs? Shema says that's entirely up to the birds.

"The eggs could happen any time in the beginning of February, middle of February."

Last year's eggs appeared in March. Stay tuned.

Click here to watch the Eagle Cam!

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