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Berry's Bald EaglesThe Berry College eagles once again are appointment viewing for wildlife enthusiasts worldwide. In February alone, there were nearly 250,000 unique visitors to Berry’s “Eagle Cam” website, all eager to track the progress of two new eaglets – dubbed B8 and B9. Interest will continue to soar in the weeks and months ahead as the eaglets gain size and strength in preparation for their first flight. Click the image at left to join in the fun; you also can follow their progress on Facebook.

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Berry College EaglesSocial media users (and media in general) are chirping (or is that tweeting?) about the inhabitants of Berry’s famed bald eagle nest. A March 7 Facebook post featuring a screen capture of the two new eaglets earned more than 14,000 likes and 7,800 shares while achieving an estimated reach of 750,000 viewers worldwide! The Berry College Eagles community on Facebook is now 119,000 strong, and more are joining every day. Excitement (and interest) will continue to build as the eaglets prepare to test their wings – literally – later this spring. Visit our live Eagle Cam to track their progress 24 hours a day.

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Berry Eagles PhotoBerry’s most famous part-time residents have returned to their perch high atop a pine tree not far from the college entrance, signaling the beginning of another viewing season for fans of the Berry College Eagle Cam. Already, two Atlanta network affiliates have featured Gena Flanigan’s photo of a “kiss” between the two birds (at left), and attention is sure to build in anticipation of potential eggs (expected soon after Christmas).

Eagle Cam once again features three different camera positions, two of which show the nest’s interior. All three cameras have been updated to provide even crisper images, and both interior views feature sound. Click here for updates as the nesting season progresses or join the more than 104,000 others who have “liked” the Berry College Eagles on Facebook. Teachers wishing to incorporate the eagles into their classroom discussions can download sample lesson plans developed by Berry faculty and students.

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Daphine RooksWith another season of eagle watching almost upon us, 60 members of the “B3 Buddies” (named for the most recent eagle fledgling) flocked to campus in October for an in-person look at the famous nest. Among the visitors was 94-year-old Daphine Lummus Rooks (38H, 42C). She recalled pinning violets on Henry Ford’s wife, Clara, during a visit to Berry by the famous couple and described living on campus while husband Herman (43C) was teaching here. Her son, Leland, is named for former Berry president Leland Green. 11 Alive coverage.

Eagle watchers will be happy to hear that a new camera with sound capabilities has been installed for the upcoming nesting season. The sound will be enabled once the eagles return to the nest full time (any day now). Click here to access all three views.

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Welcome CenterStudents returning for fall semester will find construction of Berry’s new Welcome Center well under way. Funded through support for LifeReady: The Berry College Campaign for Opportunity, the project is designed to make the campus both more inviting and more secure.

Unlike the existing gatehouse, which occupies the median between Berry’s main entrance and exit, the new facility will be located on the right shoulder of the entrance way. Staffed by campus police and student hosts, the 1,100-square-foot structure will serve a dual function as a safety/security area for the campus and a welcome/information area for guests. Features include an advanced gate system balancing convenience for members of the campus community with enhanced security.

Construction is being fast-tracked to minimize activity during the nesting season for Berry’s bald eagles. Completion is anticipated in early 2015. The Welcome Center is part of an overall plan to enhance the college entrance that includes last summer’s addition of new crosswalks, warning lights and planters for the traffic circle in front of Hermann Hall.

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SOAR 2014In the May issue of the Alumni Accent, we attempted to quantify “eagle mania” among our readers by asking the question, How often do you find yourself watching Berry’s Eagle Cam? Not surprisingly, the most popular response – with 38% of the vote – was multiple times each day. Close behind was once or twice a week (35%), followed by once or twice a day (15%), never (8%) and every waking moment (4%).

This month, we turn our attention to SOAR – an annual rite of passage for incoming students. Scroll to the bottom of this page to share your memories of summer orientation.

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The arrival of a new eaglet has sparked another outbreak of eagle fever on the Berry campus, but this time it has spread far beyond the Gate of Opportunity. With national media coverage focusing attention on Eagle Cam as never before, millions are tuning in around the globe.

News of Berry’s live video stream has been shared by the likes of National Geographic, the New York Times, NPR, USA Today, ABC World News and Slate.com. The resulting attention has sent camera views soaring into the millions, and the eagles have not disappointed. On the night of Feb. 18, viewers were amazed to see the female fend off a great horned owl attack. A few days later, they thrilled at the sight of the newly hatched eaglet.

Many of those watching are students (estimates put the number at more than one million) whose teachers are using the live images as a learning tool in their classrooms. Faculty and students at the University of Georgia and other colleges and universities are also watching the show, along with Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Viewers from all over the globe have been moved to comment on the Berry College Eagles Facebook page, and donations have come in from as far away as Belgium to help cover the cost of the video stream. Support Eagle Cam.

One teacher reported: “My Pre-K classroom is watching from Austin, Texas. The children were so excited to see the eaglet … The timing of the hatching is perfect since we were just doing a unit on America and had been talking about bald eagles!

Another viewer stated: “I’m in Melbourne, Australia. It’s late at night when I watch and should be in bed but I can’t resist; they are just so fascinating!”

The new eaglet is the third to successfully hatch since the original pair took up residence not far from Berry’s main entrance in spring 2012. If all goes well, it is expected to take its first flight sometime in April.

Eagle Chat with Associate Professor of Biology Renee Carleton.

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In our last issue, we were excited to share news of the worldwide audience flocking to our new webcam to see live video of the bald eagles now residing on Berry’s campus. Soon after publication, interest spiked again with news that the eagles had produced offspring. Visitors to Eagle Cam now exceed 90,000, spurred in part by television news coverage of the beautiful birds. Not surprisingly, the viewing area near the nest has become a popular gathering spot for photographers, wildlife enthusiasts and other curious onlookers. For those who can’t make it out in person, we’re happy to share this video of one of the eagles taking flight. Photos are posted on the Berry College Facebook page.

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Bald Eagles Nesting at BerryOne of the many perks of living or working at Berry is the possibility that on any given day you might see two of our newest residents – a pair of nesting bald eagles – take flight from their home high above the campus. Now, thanks to a web cam streaming live video of the nest, viewers from all over the world are joining in the fun. In just a few short weeks, the site (which also includes information about the eagles) has welcomed more than 33,000 unique visitors, some from as far away as Japan and Europe.

As first reported last March, the eagles have built a substantial nest in the top of a pine tree near the main entrance. After leaving for several months, they reappeared last fall and in November were seen mating. With an incubation period of 33 to 35 days for any eggs that might have been produced, our hope is that we will soon see offspring. View Eagle Cam.

UPDATE (Jan. 30): The eggs have hatched! Check out this story from Fox 5 Atlanta.

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Move over deer! Step aside skunks! A new representative of the animal kingdom has been spotted on the Berry campus, and it’s none other than America’s national bird. The local community has been abuzz in recent weeks with news that two bald eagles have been seen working on a potential nesting site not far from the Gate of Opportunity. We can’t reveal the exact location due to the delicate nature of the nesting season, but we thought you’d enjoy this glimpse, courtesy of Berry staff member Eddie Elsberry.

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