A pair of bald eagles joined the Alcoa Davenport community in Iowa in 2009. They built their 7-foot nest on our 400-acre facility in a tree near the Mississippi River. In the spring of 2010 they fledged a pair of eaglets and later that year we installed our first Eaglecam. Employees and the community helped name the eagle pair Liberty and Justice. Since the spring of 2010, Liberty and Justice have fledged nine eaglets from this nest.
Since the camera was installed nearly 25 million visitors from around the world have tuned in to witness an American icon, the bald eagle, developing live within this unique eco-system. In the fall and winter the eagles use the nest to eat and prepare the nest for the next season. Eagles nesting in Iowa typically lay eggs in mid-late February and the eggs hatch in mid-late March. The eaglets grow quickly and are ready to fly “fledge” in late May or early June. Alcoa is proud that our unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability is helping conserve our precious natural resources.
Alcoa has partnered with the Bettendorf, Iowa, school district to create learning modules for students. If you are an educator interested in connecting education to the Bald Eagle, click here. We have also worked with a local vendor to create some t-shirts and other items related to the Alcoa EagleCam. A portion of each sale will go to local charity. If you are interested, click here to check out those items.
Thursday, October 1, 2015Cooler weather & more activity ahead
The brisk breeze this morning reminds all of us in the Quad Cities that the start of winter is just a couple of months away. We are seeing Liberty & Justice stop by the nest a little more regularly. Below is a picture from about 6:45 this morning. Late December and early January are really the time when they will be around almost all of the time. We are looking forward to a great nesting season in 2016!
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| TrackbackTuesday, September 22, 2015Back Online
Our video feed has been down for a couple of days related to an issue with our Mediacom service. We are back online although we are still fighting an issue with our audio. We will go off for a day or two in early October to replace the Nest View camera. Once we complete that project we should be ready for the 2016 nesting season.
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| TrackbackWednesday, September 2, 2015A New Visitor
It was entertaining to see an Osprey stop by the Alcoa EagleCam this afternoon. I have to admit I have not seen them around the area myself (until now). I do not have a good sense of what kind of Osprey population exists in the Quad Cities.
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| TrackbackMonday, August 24, 2015Feels Like Fall
We still have a few weeks of meteorological summer left, but it sure feels like fall in the Quad Cities. It has been a lot of fun to see Liberty & Justice in the nest at least a couple of times a day for the last few days. Hopefully this is a good sign of a better nesting season ahead.
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| TrackbackTuesday, July 28, 2015RIP Bob Anderson
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and colleagues of Bob Anderson from Decorah EagleCam and Raptor Resource Project. Bob was willing to talk with us years ago when the Alcoa EagleCam was just an idea. We appreciated his generosity in sharing ideas and what he had learned. Bob and his dedication to raptors will be sorely missed.
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| TrackbackThursday, July 23, 2015Another Month About Over
It was great to see both Liberty & Justice in the nest together for a while this morning. It won't be too long before they are back on a more regular basis and getting ready for the next nesting season. I hope all of you enjoy the rest of your summer.
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| TrackbackThursday, July 2, 2015Great Weather Ahead
It looks like we will have a few days in a row with low humidity and no precipitation. We certainly deserve a break at this point. It was good to see both of our eagles a couple of times yesterday. I did grab a screen shot of one of them on the branch. We hope everyone has a good Holiday weekend.
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| TrackbackFriday, June 19, 2015Slow Time At The Nest
It is very quiet these days at the Alcoa EagleCam nest. This is normally the time of year the parents spend less time at the nest as the eaglets begin to fledge. We will still see Liberty & Justice from time to time, but expect it to be much less frequent from now through at least August. We hope everyone has a great summer and we are looking forward to a better season at Alcoa EagleCam in 2016!
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| TrackbackMonday, June 1, 2015Let Summer Begin!
Things are getting more quiet at the nest. No eaglets to fledge and not as many visits by Liberty and Justice. Unless something changes they are likely to be around most of the summer but will stop by the nest less frequently until we get into September and October. I did grab a frame of one of them having an early dinner yesterday.
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| TrackbackFriday, May 15, 2015Nest Continues To Evolve
It is great that we see Liberty & Justice almost every day. They are continuing to keep themselves busy working on the nest. Our weather is warming up over the weekend. The humidity is up and that probably means a few more storms in the coming days.
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| TrackbackTuesday, May 5, 2015Dreary Day at the Nest
We need the rain, but it sure makes for a dreary day watching the nest. Good to see both Liberty & Justice stop by again this morning. As I have told folks in the past, other years even after fledging they pretty much stay around the nest area all year long.
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| TrackbackSunday, April 26, 2015Great Week of Weather Ahead
It looks like this week should bring much nicer weather to the nest. Yesterday was cold, wet and windy. That did not seem to phase Liberty & Justice as they continued to work on the nest at different points throughout the day. We will just have to watch to see how much longer they will continue tending the nest this season.
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| TrackbackMonday, April 20, 2015Rocking & Rolling
The nest is bouncing around like crazy today. We can expect winds and colder temps for at least a couple of days. Grabbed a screen shot of the two of them together again today in the nest just before noon "nest time".
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| TrackbackThursday, April 16, 2015Both Hanging Out today
Both Liberty & Justice are hanging around the nest again this morning. They have done a lot of work on the nest over the last two weeks. It will be interesting to watch and see if this is all prep for next season or if they have other plans.
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| TrackbackWednesday, April 15, 2015Eagle Back In Nest
It is a very windy afternoon to be riding the nest...but it looks like Justice might be there right now. He must have finished filing his taxes and is ready to watch over his kingdom for a while. Both Liberty & Justice have been very active this week working on the nest.
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