Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
The most popular bird at Raystown Lake is the Bald Eagle. The eagle is listed as Pennsylvania endangered, however, due to the recovery, the bald eagle is no longer federally listed under the Endangered Species Act. Several federal laws remain in effect including the Bald Eagle Protection Act provides continuing protection for the bald Eagle.
Eagles prefer nesting in large trees. Nest building takes place from February to March. Incubation occurs through April and eaglets will fledge in early July. During winter months up to 20 eagles can be found feeding on the lake.
Management efforts at Raystown include protecting existing nesting, foraging and roosting habitat sites and monitoring nest sites, concentration sites, and roosting areas.