Eagles on the Viking Campus

Carter Client Berry College Gains Huge Following from Live Video of Bald Eagle Nest

Written by Todd Bradford, Director

As a project manager in the education group at Carter, I am privileged to work with our clients on new and exciting happenings on campus which bring notoriety to the institution. The addition of a state-of-the-art academic building, new student housing, or the addition of a sports facility all enhance the college experience and create a “buzz” in the community.

However, I could not have guessed that a couple of birds could generate worldwide attention for one of our most valued clients. A little over two years ago, a pair of bald eagles took up residence at the front entrance of Berry College, which has been a partner with us since 2007. As soon as they were discovered, a local following quickly formed. With the help of live streaming video, the college has realized millions of people who follow the daily life of the eagles, but far greater, now know about Berry College and what it has to offer. The public relations component has been amazing for Berry.

Above: Berry College’s Eagle Cam

While eagles have been spotted around Berry College’s 27,000-acre campus for years, we first found the eagles and their nest while master planning for campus projects. A 10-acre site was selected for a potential project between the main entrance and parking lot of the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center. The eagles nest was found in a tall Georgia pine just adjacent to the site.

The eagles hatched and successfully raised 2 young eaglets during the 2012-2013 nesting season. Before the eagles returned in the fall of 2013, a high resolution camera was installed in the tree to allow the world to share in the wonder of what nature has given to the college. This was made possible thanks to donations from Sony, which provided the camera, Georgia Power, which helped install the camera, and Fluid Mesh Networks, which donated the wireless transmission equipment.

This year, an egg was produced on January 14, and subsequently hatched on February 22. It quickly became local news; the hatching was covered by local media including AJC, Roswell Patch, and several TV news stations. Further boosting the eagles’ celebrity status, National Geographic featured the Eagle Cam in their article, Five Bald Eagle Cams to Watch Now; the Weather Channel also shared a short video about the birds. The eagles also have their own Facebook page.

Berry’s Eagle Cam is the only live, streaming video of a bald eagle nest in Georgia. The site has tracked nearly 7 million views from across the globe and averages about 20,000 viewers at any given time.

Todd is responsible for overseeing Carter’s client relationship with Berry, as well as providing project management services for facilities on its campus. He has been sharing the story of the eagles with our associates for a few years, and we are thankful for his participation in the Carter Blog. Since 2007, Carter has also served as project manager for a number of Berry’s campus facilities including Krannert Center, Morgan and Deerfield Halls, and Richards Gymnasium

Berry College - Eagle Cam

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