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, March 10, 2014Offline Monday
We have been offline for a while this morning. We are doing a little work at ground level to see if we can fix the audio interference we are getting from a local radio station. We should be back online a little later.
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| TrackbackWednesday, March 05, 2014Temporary Downtime
Sorry our video was off-line for a while this afternoon. Not to get too techie, but the folks at Typepad (the blogging application we use to type notes like this) experienced an unplanned outage. The outage caused our blog, the video streams and the Twitter feed not to run. Thanks to all of you for your patience.
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| TrackbackThursday, February 27, 2014Egg Number Two
Liberty laid egg number two this afternoon about 5:30 local time. Hopefully all the new straw in the nest will help insulate the eggs tonight. We are heading to an overnight low of about eight below zero.
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| TrackbackSunday, February 23, 2014Egg Number One?
It looks like we may have our first egg of 2014 season. Both Liberty and Justice were in the nest late this afternoon as it was getting dark. Liberty stayed and has moved around a couple of times acting like she is covering an egg. So far it has been too dark to confirm, so we may have to wait for morning to get a view. If this is egg number one, it will be interesting to see if we get any more in the next few days.
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| TrackbackTuesday, February 18, 2014Working on Computers
You may have seen us on and off a few times late this afternoon. We are upgrading the computer that streams the nest view camera. You should see an improvement in the resolution of the picture. Just to prove no good deed goes unpunished, we have a better picture but have lost the connection to the sound on that view. It should only be a temporary problem and hopefully he will be able to get the sound back tomorrow.
It was nearly 50 degrees here at the nest today and it was nice to see all the snow from yesterday drain out of the nest over the course of the afternoon.
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| TrackbackMonday, February 10, 2014Could Be This Week
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| TrackbackTuesday, January 28, 2014Another Cold Spell
The cold weather does not really seem to bother the eagles much. It does limit where they can fish, but I noticed today we still have some open water on the Mississippi near the Alcoa nest. I was coming back from a meeting in downtown Davenport this morning and I saw a mature Bald Eagle fly right over our parking lot, over the plant and head toward the river. I would expect to see a fair amount of activity around the nest over the next couple of weeks as Liberty and Justice prepare for this year's eggs and eaglets.
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| TrackbackMonday, January 20, 2014Best View Just Got Better
Today Alcoa has launched a second camera view at Alcoa Eaglecam. You can choose which view you want to see. You can look at the nest from across the "tree tops" or peek down into the "nest view". Alcoa EagleCam was named one of the 25 most interesting webcams in the world in 2012 and now it is even better with two different views. We are now just about 3-4 weeks away from having eggs in the nest for the 2014 season.
Alcoa is pround to share our webcam with the world!
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| TrackbackMonday, January 06, 2014It Is Really Cold
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| TrackbackFriday, December 20, 2013Merry Christmas
You may hear some activity below the nest again today. Last night our employees packed nearly 600 Food baskets for those in need in our community. During the day today they will be picking them up and delivering them to families around the area. This is something our employees have done every year since about 1950. We had about 100 employees, retirees and family member helping to pack more than $18,000 worth of food last night. We also had great news coverage from the Quad City Times, WQAD-TV, WHBF-TV and the Dispatch/Argus newspaper. See the photo below from today's QC Times taken by reporter Thomas Geyer.
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| TrackbackSaturday, December 14, 2013Computer Problems
We have had problems this weekend with the computer we use to stream the video. I hope we can correct the issue Sunday. Worst case should be Monday.
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| TrackbackTuesday, December 10, 2013Very Cold Weather
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| TrackbackThursday, November 14, 2013Testing new camera
We are running a little test this afternoon with the other camera view up instead of the old one. We will leave it up for a day or so to see how it looks. We are not yet setup to stream both feeds at the same time. Hopefully we will have that for you in the next week or two.
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| TrackbackWednesday, November 13, 2013Working Again
We may be off-line again this afternoon while we do some work on our computer system.
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| TrackbackThursday, November 07, 2013Doing Some Work
It is great to see so much activity in the nest over the last week or two. We wanted to let you know the camera may be off-line some, or all, of the afternoon today. We are doing some work on the ground-level hardware in preparation of streaming the second camera feed. Some of that work today will require us to take the entire feed down. We should be back up with the regular feed by the end of the day.
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