by Barbara Latta
Berry College, located in northwest Georgia, has residents who are not students.
Two bald eagles built a home in a tall pine tree and return each year to raise their young. The college offers a live stream feed (viewhere) of the nest where viewers can watch the pair as they take care of their offspring. Eggs are usually laid around January-February and hatch in early spring.
Wind, rain, sleet, snow and storms do not deter the eagle from watching over the young. While the pair do share parenting responsibilities, the female sits on the nest for the longest duration.
The eggs are kept warm until they hatch and then the adults work tirelessly hunting food and bringing it back to the tree to feed the babies. The eaglets thrive under the watchful eyes and protection of the parent.
There are lots of enemies to baby birds. Yet they don’t flap their stubby wings and tell the parent they are worried about being taken care of.
All the babies do is rest and grow.
The chicks do not fret that the meal won’t come.
They do not worry about staying warm.
They are not afraid of predators because their parents are mighty warriors.
The fledglings dwell in the secret place of their parent’s wings.
The eagle chicks can teach us something about how to rest in a stress-filled world.