In the state that produced the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution and Rocky, the symbol of American Independence has flourished.
The number of bald eagles in Pennsylvania has increased significantly in the past three decades, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The commission said mid-year estimates show 252 eagle nests reside in 56 of the state's 67 counties.
Only three pairs of nesting eagles were recorded in 1983 when the PGC started plans to replenish its population, which declined in the wake of increased water pollution and pesticide use, according to a news release.
As a result of the PGC's efforts to revitalize the state's population, the bald eagle was removed from the state's endangered species list. It was demoted to the threatened species list and remains there today.