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.
Friday, March 27, 2015Warmer Weather Ahead
It looks like our temperatures will start to trend up this weekend and we should be in the 60's all of next week. Unless we get any strong thunderstorms it should make for a nice week to hatch an eagle egg. All of us at Alcoa are getting ready to be on egg-hatch-watch!
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| TrackbackFriday, March 20, 2015Getting Closer!
Well, another week is just about in the books. It has been a beautiful week at the nest and all over the Quad Cities. By my calculation we should be about 12-13 days from a hatch in the nest at Alcoa EagleCam. After the last couple of years we are due for some nice calm weather throughout the hatch and fledging season!
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| TrackbackMonday, March 16, 2015Another Week Closer to Hatching!
We are getting closer. It looks like the next week will be pretty seasonal for our area with daytime highs in the upper 40's and low 50's. Liberty and Justice have settled into a routine with much less disruption from other eagles. Hopefully with the Mississippi River free of ice the other eagles have headed north or to other fishing spots away from this nest. Hopefully it will be quiet at the nest for the next couple of weeks leading up to a hatch!
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| TrackbackMonday, March 09, 2015Another View of Liberty & Justice
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| TrackbackFriday, March 06, 2015The Warm-up Starts
A cold morning should give way to a much warmer afternoon. The picture below is from one of the exchanges this morning between Liberty & Justice swapping out nest duties. Also a hello today to the eagles from our customer Airbus. The Airbus team took time to watch the camera feeds this morning before starting business discussions here at the plant.
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| TrackbackThursday, March 05, 2015One Last Day of Cold Air
Today should be the last day, at least for a while, of really cold weather. Looks like daytime highs for the next week or so should all be above freezing and a couple of days into the 50's. Even if the eagles don't mind the cold, I know I will feel better with warmer days. Hopefully the warmer weather will get many of the juvenile intruders to the nest to think about migrating a little further north too.
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| TrackbackMonday, March 02, 2015New Week, New Egg?
We will have to wait and see if we get another egg. It really needs to be in the next day or two to have a chance of hatching close to the first egg. In the meantime, tonight we will see some snow followed by possible freezing rain and then changing over to all rain in the morning Tuesday. The good news for the weather is temperatures look like they are heading toward the 40's this coming weekend.
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| TrackbackFriday, February 27, 2015Ready for the Weekend?
A beautiful sunny but very cold day today in the nest. We have seen rolling the egg and several times with the parents switching responsibilities. I agree with some of those posting today that the time off the egg is a good sign Liberty & Justice are intending to deliver at least one more egg. Since they seem to like the really nasty weather maybe it will be late Saturday when it is supposed to snow again! We will have to wait and see.
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| TrackbackThursday, February 26, 2015Now The Fun Begins
All of the anxiety over will they or won't they have more eggs is now over. Now we start the clock ticking on 35-37 days of incubation and protection of the egg. Hopefully the juveniles in the area will start to move away and become less of a bother to Liberty & Justice. We have new snow on the ground and the nest, really cold temperatures for the next couple of days and in coming weeks probably some rain and thunderstorms. It will be exciting to watch them deal with all of the challenges Mother Nature sends them.
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| TrackbackWednesday, February 25, 2015We Have an Egg
Liberty certainly picked a nasty afternoon to lay an egg. Again, we have to realize the eagles operate on their own timetable. With a little luck we will see another egg or two over the next few days!
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| TrackbackSnow Moving In Today
It looks like we will be in for some snow this afternoon and evening. Hopefully the heavier amounts stay west and south. Eagles already in the nest this morning eating a fish. Here's to a productive day for all!
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| TrackbackTuesday, February 24, 2015Windy but Warmer
The wind has definitely picked up today, but it should get into the 30's this afternoon. It has been a busy day at the nest already this morning with a Juvie, then Justice and most recently Liberty sitting in the nest. Still hoping for an egg soon!
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| TrackbackMonday, February 23, 2015New Week Ahead
We all continue to watch and learn new things about this nest and Liberty & Justice. Again today we have seen both of them in the nest at times, one of them in the nest at times and at least one juvenile eagle in the nest. It is a very bright day with lots of sunshine, but still very cold. Tomorrow should be a warmer day. Here's hoping we see an egg or two very soon!
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| TrackbackFriday, February 20, 2015Another Active Day
Today was a much nicer day weather-wise for Liberty & Justice. Lots of fish eating in the nest. The pair seems much more defensive all day as other eagles approached the nest. Now, late in the day both are on the nest and seem to be waiting for something to happen. Will there be an egg tonight? Stay tuned to find out!
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| TrackbackThursday, February 19, 2015Lots of Activity for a Cold Day
It has been a pretty busy day in the nest today, but still no egg. Both Liberty & Justice were around early this morning. We have seen them eating fish a couple of different times today. We also have seen lots of work by both eagles fluffing up the nest and getting it ready. Liberty was hunkered down for almost an hour this afternoon then seemed to get agitated and took off. She is clearly on her own timetable at this point.
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