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 eight eaglets from this nest.
Since the camera was installed nearly 20 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.
Monday, September 15, 2014Going Offline
Alcoa EagleCam will be offline for the next week or two. We are doing some work to the electrical feed and the fiber optic network connections. In addition, we will be replacing the nestview camera to try to get a little better image quality. I will check on the nest from time to time and if I catch any interesting pictures, I will post them along with an update.
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| TrackbackFriday, August 08, 2014A Visit Today
Early this morning both Liberty and Justice stopped by the nest for a little while. Below are a couple of frame grabs from the visit and a picture of the Rudy T-Shirt you can now order. Just click the merchandise link in the text above the blog. We will be on and offline today as we test some technical updates to our computers.
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| TrackbackFriday, August 01, 2014Lazy Days of Summer
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| TrackbackFriday, July 18, 2014Power is on, Only One Camera Working
As you can see, the power is back on in the building next to the nest tree but only one of our cameras is working. We will do some work over the next couple of days from ground level to see if we can restore the TTV camera. If the problem is at the camera itself, we will have to wait to make a fix in September or early October. For now we can hope for a glimpse once in a while of Rudy, Liberty or Justice on the Nest View camera.
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| TrackbackThursday, July 17, 2014May Take a Few More Days
The water has receded but it is not dry on the unpaved property below the nest. Today the power company confirmed they have a line down. The ground is too wet for them to access the line for the repair. Hopefully in a few days things will dry enough for them to get this work complete.
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| TrackbackTuesday, July 15, 2014Water is Down
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| TrackbackMonday, July 14, 2014Nothing New to Report
It looks like the water is about down. We do have a part of a tree down across the access road that we will need to remove before crews can get to the building next to the nest tree. Hopefully we will get power restored on Tuesday or Wednesday. Once power is back we can see if the cameras will come back on or if they were damaged in the storm. We will let you know what we find out!
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| TrackbackTuesday, July 08, 2014River Level Still Very High
I wish people would not assume that no-news is bad-news. The river has fallen over a foot since it crested, but it is still quite high and it will likely be next week before we can get to the building by the nest and attempt to restore power.
With that said, I was able to see Rudy this morning sitting on the dead tree about 50 yards to the west of the nest tree. I did not see either parent while I was there, but I am confident that both of them are just fine. Lots of other birds in the area...geese...herons...pelicans. I know it is hard to tell that this is Rudy from the pictures, but I was able to see him more closely with my binoculars and I can confirm it was him.
I hope you all have a great week!
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| TrackbackThursday, July 03, 2014River is Cresting
The Mississippi River should crest tonight or tomorrow in the Quad Cities. That will begin the eventual fall back to (and below) flood stage. This afternoon I spent a few minutes checking the nest from about a quarter mile away. I did spot one of the parents in the top of the tree near the TTV camera. I still assume both parents and Rudy are doing fine. Hopefully we can get down to see if the cameras can be restarted by the end of next week.
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| TrackbackTuesday, July 01, 2014Cameras off, Nest OK
So here is the deal. The cameras for Alcoa EagleCam and our building below lost power during the intense lightning storm last night. Power is still off and with the flood water high and going higher I am not sure when we will get power back on. I am hopeful that when power comes back the cameras will also come back (it may be next week before power is back). Below are a couple of photos from this morning to show the tree and nest are fine. I did not see Rudy or the parents in the short time I was there, but I am confident they are fine. I will provide another update before the holiday weekend.
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| TrackbackFriday, June 27, 2014Rudy Can't Hide Forever
We managed to spot Rudy for a few minutes this afternoon on a branch to the side of the TTV camera. Below are a couple of frame grabs one of our viewers took while I was panning the camera around.
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| TrackbackRudy has Fledged
I think it is safe to say Rudy has successfully fledged this week. Based on observations I have seen reported here and my viewing of some of his flight patterns on the wider view of the area, he has definately gotten completely away from the nest tree and returned. We should still have 4-6 weeks of him being in and around the nest before he heads out to find his own way in the world.
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| TrackbackWednesday, June 25, 2014Another Spin
Since we had such a good time panning around to find Rudy yesterday I think we will try it one more time. Look for it from 1-1:30pm (Central Time) today. We will see what we can during that 30 minute window unless Rudy is on the nest at that time.
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| TrackbackTuesday, June 24, 2014Take a look Around
Several of you have asked about zooming even further out on the TTV camera. Right now that camera is pulled out about as far as it will go. I will plan to do a little panning around today between 11:30-noon (Central Time) unless Rudy is in the nest at that time.
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| TrackbackFriday, June 20, 2014Getting a little more Brave!
Rudy is "branching out" so to speak. He has not fledged yet, but he is now exploring other sections of the nest tree. This afternoon he is sitting on a branch about 15 feet away from the nest. I am posting one picture here and a few others on the Alcoa Davenport Works FaceBook page. I would expect he will fledge in the next few days. It will be harder for us to know for certain as the river is starting to cover the road and will be high for most of next week.
We should still see plenty of Rudy for the next few weeks. He will still eat most of his meals in the nest until he learns to hunt for himself.
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