Berry College Eagle Cam

Following Georgia’s best known pair of bald eagles.

Also, from February through May, check out DNR's peregrine falcons nest cam.


 

Update

The Berry College eaglet, better known as B3, fledged on May 22. She has been seen in or around the nest since, but the visits have become more rare as she matures. (If you don't see her in the nest, check Berry's nest approach cam.) When the young eagle has left the area, Berry says the nest cams will be shut down as the school adds equipment upgrades and waits for the parents to return in early fall for another nesting season.

Berry's live-streamed video of the eagle nest on the northwest Georgia school's campus has drawn millions of "views" and offered a unique window into the lives of these iconic raptors.

Once common in Georgia, bald eagles declined during the mid-20th century. There were none nesting in the state by the early 1970s.

But, populations rebounded here and elsewhere, helped by a 1972 U.S. ban on DDT use, habitat improvements through the federal Clean Water and Clean Air acts, protection under the Endangered Species Act, greater public awareness, and restoration of local populations through release programs. Although still protected by federal and state law, eagles were taken off the federal list as a threatened species in 2007.

During the 2014 nesting season, DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section documented 188 occupied nesting territories in Georgia. Of these, 148 were successful, fledging 235 eaglets.

For comparison, there were 55 known nesting territories in 2000, nine in 1990 and one in 1980.
 

Eagle license plate

The Berry College nest was documented in 2012. In spring 2013, two eaglets took their first flights from the nest, a fledging celebrated by scores of eagle fans. This year, one eaglet was hatched and fledged. 

For the 2013-2014 nesting season, the school added a small camera that peered into the nest. There is also a view by approach cam. Please check the Berry Eagles Facebook page for further updates, viewer comments and video clips. 

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Founded in 1902 near Rome, Berry is an independent liberal arts college of about 2,100 students. The campus of this nationally recognized school covers 27,000 acres, one of the world’s largest.

 

Jim Ozier on eagle nest survey. (Curtis Compton/The Atlanta Journal & Constitution)

The Nongame Conservation Section, part of the DNR Wildlife Resources Division, monitors eagle nests and works with landowners to protect nest sites. The agency and partners are also studying avian vacuolar myelinopathy, a disease that has caused significant mortality in American coots and bald eagles.

The public is encouraged to report eagle nests they see, online or by phone, (478) 994-1438. These reports often lead to nests not monitored before. 
 

Bald Eagles at a Glance

  • Size: Adults can weigh 14 pounds, with 8-foot wingspans. Males are slightly smaller.
  • Prey: Fish are a staple. Eagles also eat waterfowl, turtles, snakes, rabbits and other small animals.
  • Mates: Eagles mate for life. They often use the same nest, adding to it each year. (Nests up to 10 feet wide and weighing a half-ton have been recorded.) Nests are often built in the tops of tall pine or cypress trees. (The Berry College nest is in a pine.)
  • Offspring: Pairs typically lay one to three eggs by December. The young fledge in three months and are on their own in about four.
  • Looks: Eaglets are the same size as adults but dark brown, almost black, when they leave the nest. Bald eagles gain the characteristic white head and tail feathers at 4 to 5 years old.
  • Long-lived: Bald eagles live up to 15-25 years in the wild, longer in captivity. Many of those born in Georgia head north their first summer. Some return. Most of Georgia’s eagles live here year-round.
  • Protected: Removed from the federally threatened list in 2007, bald eagles remain protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, and other federal and state laws. 
  • Species profile

Bald eagle with fish. (Curtis Compton/The Atlanta Journal & Constitution)

Credits: Nongame Program Manager Jim Ozier on eagle survey; bald eagle with fish (Curtis Compton/The Atlanta Journal and Constitution)

 




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