Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Eagle Cam ~ Our Window to Their World

The Eagle Cam at Berry College in Georgia is “all the buzz” down here in the south. Therefore I put together some pages for a book of observations and information about our newfound eagle friends. We are tempted to watch them around.the.clock!

Some of my students BEGGED me to pull it up on the Smartboard since they would often catch a glimpse of the eagles and eaglet in the room across the hall. This was actually a day or two after the first egg hatched. We have been watching them during our morning work, snack, and even during indoor recess on rainy days. Every once in a while the teacher from across the hall will run over to share her excitement about them as well.
This student cover page comes in black and white as well.
The books can actually be made as half-size books or full-page.
The pages are folded with the blank sides facing inward
so that the folds are on the edges for stability.  
These steps are really 4, 5, and 6. The last photo shows the stages altogether.

Please pretend like this is rotated correctly. 

My students are madly in love with the eagles! I looked for a resource on TPT for recording observations and I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for, so I made a file to match my ideas. (Maybe I am not a very good searcher.) Below is a picture of the resulting resource.

If you would like to look into the resource further, then please click here to view the pack.

{Note: I have also included different cover pages and links for
                   other eagle cams in different locations.}

This is a good way for the students to record their observations as well as facts that they have researched. We will do research on eagles using the following organizer that is also included in the pack.

It actually matches PebbleGo perfectly if you have access to that FABULOUS resource.

If you have not tuned in yet, here is the link.
Once you tune in, you will likely fall in love as well.

There was also a live chat with Dr. Renee Carleton on March 5th. The entire recording is linked on the March 6th entry.

Our observations so far

We have learned that the eagle couple returned to Berry College in the fall of 2013. They made a nest and laid two eggs in January. One hatched on Saturday, February 22, 2014. He is the cutest little eaglet! The mom and dad take turns protecting their new little one by sitting on it along with the other egg at the same time. There are details about these particular eagles on the site in the section to the left of the live video stream. Also, there are some informative posts under the Eagle Cam section from those who are "in the know."

It has been neat to watch how the mom and dad care for their offspring. After the dad brings in prey for his family, it is fun to watch the mom or the dad biting off bits to feed the eaglet. One time we observed as the dad returned from his hunt with a fish that was still moving. Also, the mom sits on the eaglet and other egg for a while and later the dad comes in to take a turn. The baby eaglet is so cute how it bobs his head around like a human baby would. Also, the next week we saw the eaglet flapping its wings around a couple of times. Apparently the eaglet will not leave the nest until it is 12 weeks old. Hopefully we will get to see it before the last day of school!

I will post pictures of the students’ handiwork soon.

Have an awesome week! Tune in to the Eagle Cam if you can. 

~ Carrie

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