A film documenting the life and nesting of American bald eagles on the campus of the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown has earned six awards in a national judging program for outstanding local and regional film and video productions. "When Eagles Dream," a 13 1/2-minute video glimpse at the life of a new bald eagle chick in NCTC's famed eagle nest tree scored five bronze awards in the 31st annual "Telly" Awards in New York City in June. The production also earned a sixth bronze award in the film association's "People's Telly" voting. Eastern Panhandle filmmaker Robert Owens and his Eagle Rock Productions film were recognized with awards for education, entertainment, nature/wildlife, children's productions, and videography/cinematography. Owens' video was produced with the assistance of the Friends of NCTC, NCTC's production division, the Nora Roberts Foundation, and Shepherdstown resident and NCTC neighbor Beth Bellamy. The NCTC eagle nest was built by the productive pair of adult birds in 2003; the first chicks were produced in 2004. In 2010, one new chick hatched, and left the nest the week of June 13.
Additional ordering information about "When Eagles Dream" is available from the Friends of NCTC at http://www.friendsofnctc.org.
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June 24, 2010
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