Chesapeake Bay Foundation contest photo.

Bald Eagle Pair Naming Contest Results In

A nesting pair of bald eagles has made its nest near Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) Philip Merrill Education Center on Blackwalnut Creek in Annapolis. And just in time for Valentine’s Day, the love birds have names.

CBF asked its supporters to submit name suggestions for the the nesting pair, and from a wide range of ideas, the environmental group chose Harriet and Frederick, named, of course, for abolitionist leaders Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.

Announcing the winning names, CBF explained they’re especially appropriate during Black History Month, and because the nest is located just two doors down from the Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center– a house known as Twin Oaks built for Douglass in 1895. Tubman was born into slavery across the Bay on the Eastern Shore, and escaped through the marshes of the Chesapeake before helping countless others get to freedom, too.

In a blog post, CBF says, “From their perch high above Twin Oaks, Harriet and Frederick will be able to see Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the birthplace of their two namesakes, who helped change American history and to whom we all owe our sincerest gratitude.”

What were the other name suggestions for the eagle pair? Highlights included Jack and Diane (of John Mellencamp fame), crab-themed names Jimmie and Sookie, and our favorite– Eagle McEagleFace.

-Meg Walburn Viviano