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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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