Frequently Asked Questions
Berry nests: Berry College has two documented bald eagle
nests. The first is located on the main campus adjacent to the parking lot of
the Steven Cage Athletic and Recreation Center (The Cage), near the main
entrance. The second nest is located on the Mountain Campus in an inaccessible,
wild area. The nest on the main campus is available for viewing. The second
nest is in a gated, restricted area and is not open to the public. The Cage
Center is home to sporting events, concerts and other activities. Apparently
our eagles like to be part of the action!
Gender: The male
eagle is smaller and has a sleek white head. The female eagle is larger with a
head of ruffled white feathers.
female eagle returned to the nest in 2013 with an injured left leg/foot. We do
not know how it happened, but she seems to fare quite well although she will
show evidence of her injury for the rest of her life.
Night View: Berry
is pleased to provide live video feeds of the bald eagle nesting area. The nest
cameras use infrared light at night that is not visible to the eagles. It may
look like you are seeing a light, but you are not. The tree looks completely
dark at night.
For more info about the types of cameras and technical issues click on “nest
cam information” beneath the live feed on the berry.edu/eaglecam page.
Sound: The second
nest camera has sound. The sound will not be on all the time and will be used
mainly when the eagles are nesting. Otherwise, viewers will hear a lot of
construction sounds and highway noise.
Names: Berry has
chosen not to name the eagles because they are wild creatures and we do not
want to personalize them. The 2013 eaglets were B1 and B2. The 2014 eaglet was
B3. The eaglets from the nest on our Mountain Campus in 2014 were BMC1, BMC2
Egg stats: In
2014, the first egg was laid Jan. 14, and the second was laid Jan. 17. An egg (B3)
hatched on Feb. 22 but the second egg was not viable and did not hatch. The
incubation period is 33-37 days. B3 fledged on May 22, 2014. In 2013, we do not
know the date of egg laying but two eggs were laid in late December/early
January. Two eaglets hatched by mid-January. B1 fledged on April 22 and B2
fledged on April 28.
the eagles arrived, Berry College officials had planned to build a stadium in
the area. Once the eagles arrived, the original stadium site was moved to the
south. Berry obtained a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the
new location and agreed to restrictions on construction that would ensure the
eagles are not disturbed during nesting season.
However, in May 2014, Berry announced that the stadium would be
relocated even further south from the original site in order to protect the
eagles and their habitat.
Diet: Our eagles
enjoy eating fish, coot (waterfowl) and squirrel. The nest is conveniently
located near the Oostanaula River, the Berry Quarry and Garden Lakes in Rome,
When one parent is not visible, it is hunting and perching in nearby trees to
watch for intruders.
Owl attack: The
mother eagle was attacked Feb. 18, 2014, by a Great Horned Owl, but did not
appear to be injured. The video was shown nationwide as she defended her
unhatched eggs. Berry is home to many Great Horned Owls.
eagles survive in much colder places than Georgia such as Alaska. Our national
bird is tough!
Help: If an eaglet falls out of the nest or any of
the eagles become injured, college officials are required to contact
authorities regarding the federal rules for handling bald eagles. No personnel
are permitted in the restricted area during nesting season.
(via the Decorah Eagles web site)
- For those of you visiting nests, remember, bald eagles are protected by Federal law in the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Protection Treaty.
- Don't honk, play loud music, shout or make any other loud noises.
- Do not feed the eagles in any way. This includes leaving food on the ground. These birds are wild animals and should not become dependent on humans
- Keep the area free from litter. Pick up after yourself and take your trash with you.
- If an eagle is on the ground, do not approach it. Also, when it flies away, do not attempt to follow it.
- Stay aware of your surroundings. If the eagle is near a road, check for traffic before moving. Your safety is important.
- Take your binoculars and/or camera with you whenever visiting a nest. That equipment will afford you the best view.
- If others are watching with you, demonstrate eagle friendly actions by your own behavior. Be courteous to both the humans and wildlife.