Berry Eagle History


The eagles were first spotted on the main campus in March 2012 by a Berry student who reported their presence to his professor. It was an unusual time for eagles to nest and there has been speculation that they may have had a nest elsewhere possibly lost to a storm.

Eagles have been reported in the vicinity of the campus for the past few years, but this is the first documented nest in the modern history of Floyd County. The eagles were seen carrying sticks to build their nest, but, to the disappointment of many, they nested too late to produce offspring. By April they were gone.

During the summer, the college set up an approach camera in the parking lot, and in the fall of 2012, the eagles returned and began demonstrating nesting behavior. In late December or early January eggs were produced. Two eaglets became visible in a few weeks. They successfully fledged in the spring.


The college added a camera to the tree (Camera 1) for direct viewing into the nest. The eagle couple once again returned to the nest in late September and began “nestorations” in preparation for the season. On January 14, 2014, the first egg was laid, followed by a second egg on January 17. On February 22, one of the eggs hatched and the other egg was seen as non-viable. The eaglet that hatched, B3, fledged on May 22.

During the 2013-14 season, the college set up a Berry Eagles Facebook page, and the eagles captured national and international attention from viewers and media outlets. Millions of viewers watched the eagles daily.


Berry added a third camera (Camera 2) to the nest tree, and the eagles returned to the nest in September, right on schedule. They once again refurbished the nest and exhibited appropriate mating activity.  Two eaglets (B4 and B5) hatched in February and successfully fledged in May. 


The eagles returned to the nest in September.  Two eaglets (B6 and B7) hatched in February and successfully fledged in May.

Two new cameras and a new approach cam were added.


The eagles returned to the nest in September.  Two eaglets (B8 and B9) hatched February 11 and 13 and successfully fledged May 5 and 10.


The eagles returned to the nest in September.  Two eaglets (B10 and B11) hatched February 12 and 13. On Feb. 22, 2018, one of the eaglets wandered over to the edge of the nest and fell out of the 100-foot-tall pine tree. It did not survive the fall.

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. Any intervention or care for eagles will be determined by federal authorities.

Please check the Berry College Eagles Facebook page and the “update” section on this page for on-going news about our eagles. Bald eagles mate for life, and we are hopeful that we will enjoy their presence at Berry for many years to come.

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