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Berry College eagle cam lets public see eagles

Berry College eagle cam lets public see eagles

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College is giving the public a chance to view its pair of bald eagles up close.

The college's eagle cam, mounted atop a pole near the birds' nest, is now live.

The pair first showed up in March and built a nest in a pine tree close to the main entrance of the school's athletic and recreation center. Students, faculty and staff have visited to catch a glimpse of the eagles.

The birds were seen building a nest, but were gone by April. They returned in October and were seen mating in November. It wasn't known whether or not any eggs had been laid.

Last year, there were 142 documented nesting pairs of bald eagles in Georgia. Of those, 111 were successful in producing 175 eaglets.

 

Rome debating rules for in-town chickens

Rome debating rules for in-town chickens

ROME Ga. -- A north Georgia town is struggling to decide how to regulate chickens inside the city limits.

The Rome-Floyd County Planning Commission and city officials last year rejected a proposal to allow residents to have up to four chickens, provided they were kept in some kind of enclosure.

But citizens have pushed authorities to reconsider.

A draft ordinance is circulating in advance of a Dec. 6 Planning Commission meeting. It would allow chickens in four residential zones. Residents would have to get permits.

But City Commissioner Bill Irmscher doesn't want the birds in suburban residential zones. Commissioner Kim Canada is irked that the city clerk, rather than the City Commission, would control permits.

Assistant City Manager Sammy Rich said the draft is meant to start discussion.

State officials advise motorists to watch for deer on roadways

State officials advise motorists to watch for deer on roadways

(WXIA) - Motorists are advised to exercise caution on the state's roadways during the fall season, with an increased number of deer sightings across the state.

"Deer are on the move during this time of year," said Commissioner Mark Williams, Department of Natural Resources. "While motorists in rural areas may expect to see deer, Georgia's suburban and urban areas can be prime spots as well."

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says more than 300 people were hurt in vehicle collisions with deer during 2011. Nationally, federal officials said 1,000 people died in similar accidents between 2006 and 2010.

"Automobile claims caused by contact with a deer generally rise dramatically in the fall," said Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens. "I encourage all Georgia drivers to check their automobile policy to determine if they have adequate coverage. This optional protection is commonly found in the comprehensive coverage of an automobile policy."

ROME | Bald eagles nest at Berry College

ROME | Bald eagles nest at Berry College

ROME, Ga. -- A pair of bald eagles has apparently found a home on the Berry College campus in Rome.

The Rome News-Tribune reports that the site is the first known bald eagle nest in Floyd County in recent years.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources personnel were able to confirm the nest location recently, when a biologist spotted a bird carrying sticks to the nest site.

Renee Carleton, an assistant professor of biology at Berry, said the college might establish a viewing area for people who wish to observe the birds.

 

ROME: Helicopters to join fight against raccoon rabies

ROME: Helicopters to join fight against raccoon rabies

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Authorities say helicopters will drop packets of rabies vaccine over parts of two Alabama counties this week to try and stop the westward spread of the virus in raccoons.

Dana Johnson, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, says there have been seven confirmed cases of rabies west of the Coosa River, which begins in Rome, so far this year.

The vaccines will reportedly be wrapped in fishmeal, which makes them attractive to raccoons. When the animals bite into the packets, they will break pouches that contain the vaccine.

Johnson said authorities are aiming to stop the spread of raccoon rabies west of the Alabama and Coosa river systems.

She said the vaccine isn't dangerous to pets if they ingest the baits.

Berry professor studies snake behavior

Berry professor studies snake behavior

ROME, Ga. -- Most people run away when they see a snake, but Berry College professor George Gallagher runs right toward them.

Gallagher, an animal science professor, is collecting 40 non-venomous snakes for two research experiments this summer at Berry.

The first project will determine whether snakes are attracted to hidden cameras because of the light or heat.

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

ATLANTA, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best lookout points in the metro-area to view the Atlanta skyline.

The prominent Atlanta Skyline is marked with midrise and high-rise buildings similar to those one would find in a larger city like New York City or Los Angeles. The Bank of America Plaza formally known as the NationsBank Building is one of the most prominent buildings in the Atlanta skyline and is the 42nd tallest building in the world, is the largest building in the Western Hemisphere outside of Chicago and New York and is Georgia’s tallest building.

Other buildings included in the Atlanta Skyline are the SunTrust Plaza, One Atlantic Center, 191 Peachtree Tower, the Georgia-Pacific Tower, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Two Peachtree Building and the Promenade II.