Q&A on the News

Q: It’s been reported that an eagle’s nest can weigh up to two tons. This was in reference to the eagles nesting at Berry College. How can a nest weigh this much?

—John Timpe, Johns Creek

A: Bald eagles add material to their nests every year and the heaviest nest “on record” weighed almost three tons, Georgia Department of Natural Resources nongame program manager Jim Ozier told Q&A on the News in an email. “But most, including the Berry nest, are far less, probably a few hundred pounds,” he wrote.

Bald eagle nests can grow to 10-15 feet tall, but the height and weight of the nest depends on the sturdiness of the tree or structure where its located. “I have seen a few in Georgia that were more than 10 feet tall, and I suspect they weighed more than a ton,” Ozier wrote. “The nest at Berry will never get that large because the structure of the tree crown is not suitable.” The Berry College eagles can be viewed at georgiawildlife.com/BerryEagleCam.

Q: What’s the latest on Candace Overstreet, who killed her husband and dumped his body in Lake Thurmond in 1994?

—Ronald Green, Newnan

A: Overstreet is serving a sentence for voluntary manslaughter and other charges at Arrendale State Prison in Alto, and is scheduled to be released in 2034. She admitted to killing her husband, Atlanta police officer Doug Overstreet, at their Clayton County home about three weeks after his bullet-riddled body was found in Lake Thurmond in September 1994.

Andy Johnston wrote this column. Do you have a question about the news? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).

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