Frequently Asked Questions

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Where are our eagles?

There was early activity at the nest site in late September as shown on the home page. One eagle has been seen perched in a nearby tree on a number of occasions, including last week (Oct 23).

How do we know what’s happening in the nest?

Our partner, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, has a sensor on the nest that turns on a feed from the camera when there is motion. The lab in Ithaca, NY, monitors the feed.

If the eagles begin nesting, our other partner,, will be providing the feed to us for our website (and streaming it on UStream to millions.)

What are the chances the eagles will come back?

Here’s what Georgia’s eagle expert Jim Ozier at Georgia Department of Natural Resources said this week:

“I would have expected more activity by now, but we shouldn’t give up yet.  Any news of a new nest being built nearby?  Sometimes a pair will relocate within a territory, and less frequently they just fail to nest.  If only one adult has been seen, it’s possible that the mate was lost and the remaining bird has yet to find a replacement.  I can’t give an absolute cutoff date; each year nesting chronology varies by several weeks among eagles in an area.”

What can we do and see while we wait?

Look around the website, keep an eye out for eagles in the area, post what you see, email us!

So what’s with that tree? Has it died?

The tree is dead. It was infested with turpentine beetles and spraying came too late. The good news is that, while eagles will not build a nest in a dead tree, they will use a nest built in in a tree that dies for “years and years,” per Jim Ozier at DNR. This tree can stand for 4-6 years per the arborist that treated it. The beetles have moved on to search out another stressed loblolly pine (not a healthy tree.) The cause of stress to this tree is unknown, but unrelated to the camera installation.