One of the Berry College eagles taking a break from nest-sitting. Bald eagles were on the brink of extirpation in the continental United States as recently as the last 30 years. Populations recovered and the species was removed from the U.S. federal government's list of Endangered Species in 1995 and transferred to the list of Threatened Species. In 2007, it was removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States. Georgia's DNR continues to monitor all known eagle nests in the state and continues to protect the species from disturbance.
The Bald Eagle's natural range covers most of North America, including most of Canada, all of the continental United States, and northern Mexico. Northern birds are migratory, while southern birds are resident, remaining on their breeding territory all year.
Spotted on the campus of Berry College in Rome, GA Between nesting cycles, Georgia DNR and Berry College and the local power company have installed eagle cams so that people can watch this pair remotely and without disturbing them. Here's a link to the eagle cam: http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/ (Warning! It can be addictive!)
Lat: 34.26, Long: -85.16
Spotted on Jan 4, 2014
Submitted on Feb 4, 2014