In addition to our live web cameras, employees have used still cameras to capture images of wildlife at Alcoa locations.
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Photo by Stanley Syvertsen, Alcoa Lista (Norway) Lots of seagulls live around Alcoa's smelter in Lista, Norway, near the North Sea. The gulls nest on roofs and other places at the facility, but this young mother-to-be chose a conveyer belt used for adding anode paste to Søderberg smelting pots. The belt was removed from the smelting area for repairs on a Friday, and by Monday, the nest was in place. Employees let the gull stay until her two chicks hatched and left the nest. Alcoa Lista has in recent years upgraded its technology to "closed" pots that increase capacity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The plant is also researching carbothermic technology, which could lower both energy requirements and emissions.
Photo by Greg Johnson, Alcoa Howmet A flock of wild turkeys has taken to the Oak Savannah Native Habitat Restoration at Alcoa Howmet's Thermatech facility in Whitehall, Michigan (USA). The wild fowl are up to 48 inches (1.2 meters) long and weigh up to 25 pounds (11.3 kg). They can have a five-foot (1.5 meter) wingspan. The Oak Savannah Native Habitat Restoration project, begun in 2010 in partnership with the Muskegon Conservation district, converted lawns into natural landscapes at several industrial properties in Whitehall. "The flowers had no more that popped up and the wildlife started to come in and enjoy the new surroundings," said A/V Specialist Greg Johnson. In addition to providing animal habitat, the Oak Savannah project cuts costs by reducing maintenance requirements. It also reduces CO2 release from mowing.
Photo by Dennis Hill, Consultant, Sandow Mine Reclamation Area Rockdale Operations' Sandow Mine Reclamation Area (Texas, USA) is home to white-tail deer. In 2006, Alcoa won the U.S. Department of Interior's (DOI) Office of Surface Mining 2006 National Award for Excellence in Surface Mining for its land reclamation accomplishments at Sandow. In 1998, it was honored by DOI as the "Best of the Best" of all surface mines in the nation for environmental stewardship. Alcoa has been honored by the state of Texas as a "Lone Star Land Steward" by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for wildlife habitat management at the Sandow site.
Photo by Jason Barrett, Davenport Works A family of mallard ducks plays in a parking lot puddle at Davenport Works. Ducks are a frequent sight on the property, located near the Mississippi River. Ducks often nest near the plant's retention pond, where 97% of the water used in production is recycled. Davenport Works has greatly reduced use of perchloroethylene and chlorine and converted more than 100 pieces of diesel equipment to soy-based biodiesel. Sometimes a family of ducks walks right into the plant … and employees gently relocate them outdoors, says photographer Jason Barrett.
Our Davenport Works (Iowa, USA) bald eagles, Liberty and Justice, are raising three eaglets as the world watches via Alcoa EagleCam. Between March 19 and 24, 2012, as the three eggs hatched, more than one million people per week in 68 countries watched and celebrated this environmental achievement. Viewers named the eaglets Spirit, Hope and Faith. Alcoa consulted with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service before installing the first camera nearly two years ago to make sure the nest was not disturbed in the process. "We knew employees would be interested in seeing the nest in real time. The interest from the community and beyond has really been amazing," says Alcoa Davenport Community Relations Manager John Riches.
Photo by Lance Gosselin, Ti-Cast Division (Michigan, USA) This newborn whitetail deer was delivered in an area that was recently converted from lawns back to a natural habitat near our Ti-Cast location in Whitehall (Michigan, USA). The fawn was born close enough to the front windows at Whitehall's Ti-Cast Division that employees could watch its birth. The Oak Savannah Native Habitat Restoration project began at our Whitehall facilities in 2010 in partnership with the Muskegon Conservation district. In addition to providing animal habitat, the project cuts costs by reducing maintenance requirements. It also reduces CO2 release from mowing.
Photos by Anika Wall, Huntly Mine (Western Australia) Time to check in for their shift? Kangaroos are inquisitive creatures that don't let a turnstile stop them from seeing what's going on behind the fence at Alcoa's Huntly Mine (Western Australia). Kangaroos are regularly seen on security cameras slipping under the lowest rung of the facility's entrances. Each year, almost 1,500 acres (600 hectares) of mined areas are rehabilitated at Huntly and nearby Willowdale, restoring the jarrah forest ecosystem and providing safe haven for the native kangaroos.
A koala finds aluminum ingots to be a great vantage point at Portland Aluminium in Victoria (Australia). Wildlife thrive near this smelter, located on Point Danger. In addition to koalas, the area is home to gannets and bandicoots. Portland Aluminium has received the Victorian Coastal Award for Excellence from the Victorian Coastal Council for species protection in the area.
Photo by Shane Drew, Huntly Mine (Australia) This bungarra, or sand monitor, enjoys a little shade after sunning himself at the Huntly Mine. Bungarras grow to be 4.6 feet long (1.2 meters). This lizard, known by employees as "Larry," comes around frequently with his bungarra buddies. They're not aggressive animals, Shane says, but they do like to climb, and a person is as good as a tree if you happen to be in their path. Huntly is the world’s largest bauxite mine, supplying bauxite ore to Pinjarra and Kwinana Refineries. Alcoa treats its bauxite mining operations as a transient land use, and is committed to replacing 100 percent of plant species in a self-sustaining forest ecosystem. We even propagate about 200,000 plants each year in our nurseries that do not grow easily from seed. We also save rocks and logs from sites to rebuilt dens for chuditches, a rare local marsupial.
Photo by Ken Southam, Kwinana Residue (Australia) This brushtail possum is a "sweet and friendly" visitor to Kwinana Residue. It waits patiently for lunchtime at the employee gazebo and politely shares fruit with Alcoans, never mentioning that although it eats fruit, it prefers eucalyptus leaves. The marsupials are about the size and weight of a house cat. Kwinana was the first Alcoa facility to use "carbon capture" in processing bauxite. This process keeps large amounts of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. It also reduces the alkalinity of bauxite residue, making it easier to reuse. The Kwinana residue carbon capture plant currently sequesters almost 70,000 metric tons of CO2 a year – the equivalent of taking 17,500 cars off the road.
OspreyCam Far above Alcoa Power Generating Inc. Yadkin Division (North Carolina, USA) is an osprey nest where parents Oscar and Oliveea watch over nestlings. Fish is been a favorite food for the hungry chicks, who hatched in April 2012. Ospreys love being near water and reach 24 inches (60 cm) in length and have a 71-inch (180 cm) wingspan. Employees built a platform atop the Narrows Dam for Oscar and Oliveea, who have nested near the dam for several years. The platform gives the birds a secure base for their family. Reservoir shoreline management protections and the preservation of large tracts of undeveloped land owned by APGI contribute to the birds' success at Yadkin. The OspreyCam was launched on May 7, 2012.
Photo by Hilmar Sigurbjörnsson, Alcoa Fjardaál Reindeer snack on grass by the sea south of the Alcoa Fjardaál (Iceland) smelter. Reindeer were imported to Iceland early in the 17th century. Today, herds are found only in East Iceland. Reindeer are important to Iceland, both for their beauty and for their appeal to tourists. Alcoa Fjardaál employees enjoy the occasional visit by a group of these beautiful animals. In the summer, reindeer breed in the highlands, and in the winter they often live closer to humans. During construction at Fjardaál, Alcoa initiated the Alcoa and Landsvirkun Sustainability Initiative with Iceland's national power company. The partnership's objective is to maximize positive social and economic benefits, as well as environmental performance.
Photo by Jorge Ramos, Alcoa Technical Center (Pittsburgh, USA) Snapping turtles enjoy our Natural Engineered Wastewater Treatment (NEWT) system at the Alcoa Technical Center (ATC) in New Kensington (Pennsylvania, USA) so much that they have made their home in the creek where our treated wastewater is discharged. NEWT uses bauxite residue, a byproduct of aluminum production, to treat all the wastewater at ATC, meeting all local water treatment standards. Photographer Jorge Ramos says this female turtle, whose shell is about 9 inches long, is a free spirit who likes to explore the grounds. The rural campus also is frequently visited by big cats, deer, foxes and even bears.
Photo by John Chipman, Alcoa Fastening Systems (New York, USA) This fluffy "tom" turkey was photographed on the lawn at the Alcoa Fastening Systems Kingston Division (New York, USA) as he showed off for some nearby hens. The Alcoa Foundation is currently funding green programs in the Kingston area that include composting education to encourage reuse of food and yard waste, and storm water management. Male turkeys in the wild weigh up to 24 pounds (11 kg) and those tailfeathers stand about three feet (90 cm) off the ground.