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 and it does not hamper her 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 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
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.
second nest camera has sound. The sound will not be on all the time and will be
used mainly when the eagles are nesting.
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 2015 eaglets were B4 and B5. The eaglets from the Mountain Campus nest in 2014 were BMC1, BMC2 and BMC3.
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. In 2015, eggs were laid on Jan. 6 and 9 with
hatching on Feb. 13 and 15. B4 fledged on May 10, 2014, and B5 fledged on May
the eagles arrived, Berry College officials had planned to build a stadium in
the area. Once the eagles arrived, the stadium site was moved to the south. In May 2014, Berry officials announced that
the stadium would be relocated even further south out of respect for the eagles
and their habitat.
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, Ga.
one parent is not visible, it is hunting and perching in nearby trees to watch
Owl attack: The
mother eagle was attacked in the nest on 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!
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. Any intervention or care for eagles will be determined by
(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.