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, 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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| TrackbackFriday, April 10, 2015Quieter Day Ahead
It looks like today should be a calmer day at the nest...at least from a weather perspective. Most of the heavy stuff did go north of the nest last night. So far no reports of geese in the nest today. We have seen at least one of our eagles in the nest a couple of different times already. Have a great day everyone!
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| TrackbackTuesday, April 07, 2015Strange Day indeed
It has been a very weird day in the nest at Alcoa EagleCam. Both Liberty & Justice were in the nest early today arranging sticks and moving straw. A little later a single goose landed in the empty nest and a short time later Liberty & Justice chased it away. Late this morning the goose was back and then was joined by another goose and then they both left. What will happen next?
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| TrackbackMonday, April 06, 2015New Experience For All
It is hard to know what to expect from Liberty & Justice over the next few months. Right now we are seeing them in the nest at least a couple of times a day. Today they have already been in and out several times and it is just 10 a.m. nest time. Today we see them bringing in sticks and rearranging the nest. Normally at this point in the season they would be feeding and protecting eaglets until sometime in June or July. All we can do is watch and wait to see how they deal with this year's reality.
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| TrackbackTuesday, March 31, 2015Quiet Nest
I have not been able to watch the camera most of the morning, but it does not look good for our single egg. Both parents have been in and out of the nest. Unfortunately it does not look like there is a hatchling. We will keep out fingers crossed for a while today in case it is there but hidden. We all know it was a very difficult year for Liberty & Justice breaking the first egg and then all of the harassment from other eagles in the area in February.
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| TrackbackFriday, 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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