Eagles Watching Eggs On SC Webcam Get Historical Names
An environmental group chose the historic names Harriet and Mitch for a pair of eagles who have become internet stars watching over their eggs in a nest on Hilton Head Island.
A web camera was installed this fall after someone spotted the nest and called the Hilton Head Island Land Trust and state wildlife officials.
California-based HD on Tap installed the camera, which captured Harriet laying an egg on November 19. She has since laid another and scientists expect the eggs to hatch in a week or two, the land trust said.
The trust does not reveal the exact location of the nest to protect the eagles from human disturbance.
Eagles are named after two key figures in South Carolina’s slave emancipation and have been chosen by trust from hundreds of suggestions.
Harriet is named after Harriet Tubman, who helped slaves escape north before the Civil War on the Underground Railroad and served as a nurse and spy for the Union Army in Beaufort County .
Mitch is named after Union Army General Ormsby M. Mitchel, who founded the town of Mitchelville on Hilton Head Island during the Civil War. Freed slaves ruled the city and educated his children decades before public schools were opened to all children.
Harriet is taller than Mitch and spends most of her time sitting on her eggs. Mitch helps protect the eggs from the elements and other predators.