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, December 15, 2014Camera Stability
As most of you know, we continue to have issues with the stability of our camera feeds. We are working to resolve them and we are confident we will have them fixed in plenty of time for the really important part of this season like egg laying and hatching.
In the meantime we have left the feed online even though it is unstabile so you can see what is going on when it is up. If it continues to be frustrating for our viewers we will take the feed offline for a while until we are confident we have all of the issues resolved.
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| TrackbackMonday, December 01, 2014Cold Weather for a few Days
With the holiday and a couple of other things going on I have not had a chance to post. The cameras are both working just fine. The router we use to take the video from the computer to the folks at Livestream finally bit the dust. I did come in and change the router out on Friday, unfortunately even though I can see both cameras just fine I could not get the stream connected to Livestream. Bruce who is our regular tech guy here was out of town. I am hoping he will have a chance to get over today or tomorrow and fix the connection problem I created. I can tell you that over the lunch hour today I did see a juvie in the nest eating what appeared to be a fish. Things should start picking up over the next few weeks.
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| TrackbackThursday, November 20, 2014Tecnical problems
We have been having some glitches all day. We made some hardware changes on the computers yesterday and all seemed to be working fine. Unfortunately today we have been offline a lot and even when I did get the Nest View back online it did not last long. I suspect we also have a modem that is dying. I'm not sure if I can get it replaced by tomorrow. It may be next week. I will give all of you an update when I know more.
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| TrackbackMonday, November 03, 2014Busy at the Nest
The activity is really picking up at the nest in the last few days. Lots of time working on bringing and placing new sticks. Hard to believe it is still three months until egg laying time. Both camreas are running well right now. We do plan some behind the scenes work on our computer hardware in the coming weeks. Hopefully we will not be off for loing when we do that work.
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| TrackbackThursday, October 23, 2014One Camera Back
We are slowly getting some things reconnnected. The tree-top view camera is back online but without sound. We have been upgrading some of the power and fiber optic infrastructure near the nest. Hopefully we will have both cameras online by next week. We have some additional computer hardware on order that should improve the video quality of our feed. We hope to bring that online in November. We have seen both Liberty and Justice in the area the last couple of weeks. I'm sure with the leaves coming off the tree they are getting ready to begin their annual home improvement projects.
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| TrackbackThursday, October 02, 2014Great Fall Weather
Several of you have requested an update. I don't have much for you. I am told our new power feed will not be complete until sometime next week. We have to have power before we can install the new camera. I have been down to the site a couple of times but have not been there at the right time to catch Liberty or Justice. I did see what I believed to be one of them a week ago flying over the parking lot of the factory...but I did not have my camera with me.
Please be patient. We should be back online before there is much activity!
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| TrackbackMonday, 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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