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 27 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.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016Checking It Out
We spent part of the day today taking a closer look at the location of the new nest in advance of installing a new camera. Now that we know where we plan to mount it will take a little time to get everything ordered. Hopefully we can get the work done before it gets too cold here. Below are the screen grabs of today's tracking maps for Sky and Star. Sky is all the way down near Springfield, Illinois. Star continues to hang out in the middle of Wisconsin.
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| TrackbackFriday, October 14, 2016New Nest, Same Tree
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| TrackbackMonday, October 10, 2016Travel Update
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| TrackbackWednesday, October 5, 2016Just a Little Wandering
Both Star and Sky did a little flying from yesterday afternoon to today. Below are the maps. Sky went a little south from Burlington but stayed along the Mississippi. Star is still in the vicinity of Wisconsin Dells but just moved a bit to the west.
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| TrackbackTuesday, October 4, 2016Maps & Update
Below are the most recent maps showing location of Sky and Star as of this afternoon. Sky has moved back over to the Mississippi at Burlington, Iowa. Star did a little flying but is basically still in the Wisconsin Dells area.
Some have noted they do not see water below the nest from the river flooding. The river is only slightly over flood stage and the first are to go under is actually the parking lot below the nest. The water actually backs into the area from where Duck Creek flows into the Mississippi. Hopefully I will be able to go down early next week and get a better fix on which tree they are using for this new nest and how far off the ground it really is.
We have not finalized a plan for the cameras for next season. Even though they are building a new nest, it is still possible they could use the old one. We will likely add a third camera to cover our bases and stream two of them.
I am still working with Mediacom to resolve our streaming issue. They have tried a few things and are convinced they will get it resolved. If not, we may have to look for a different internet provider for the feed.
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| TrackbackSaturday, October 1, 2016A Quick Update
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| TrackbackMonday, September 26, 2016A Few Updates
First let me say that below are tracking maps from Sunday. they are now giving me data from about noon to 2pm one day until about the same time the next day.
We have been working with Mediacom to fix our upload speeds for the better part of a week. today is about as bad as it has been and they still have not diagnosed the problem to be able to fix the issue. Hopefully they will get a resolution in the next few days. I have lowered the resolution of the feed to try to keep they online and even doing that is not always working. if I tried to go back to a higher resolution it will not even feed the signal out.
There is water from the river starting to creep in below the nest. It will be at least a week or more before it goes down enough for me to really be able to go down and take a good look to see if I can spot any additional nest building activity. Several weeks ago we provided a few piles of various sizes of sticks below the nest to help encourage Liberty & Justice to begin work to repair or rebuild. We have talked with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service about the nest. Since the nest is not completely destroyed they are not inclined to give us a permit to do anything to the nest. We will just have to watch and see what happens next with our pair.
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| TrackbackWednesday, September 21, 2016Not Venturing Much Further
Both Star and Sky seem to be happy where they are at the moment. Sky a bit more than Star. Sky was in Muscatine yesterday and today ended up just a little south near New Boston, Illinois. That is kind of the range he has been doing for the past week or so. Star continues to make small advances further north. Today she is just a little further north and west of Appleton, Wisconsin.
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| TrackbackTuesday, September 20, 2016Sky's Day To Play
Sky did some travel yesterday while Star stayed in about the same place she was the day before. Sky moved a little further north and ended up on the south side of Muscatine, Iowa.
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| TrackbackMonday, September 19, 2016Star Branches Out
Star takes the prize for the most travel over the last couple of days. She is now a little further north than she was last week ending up just west of Appleton, Wisconsin. Sky on the other hand is still along the Mississippi River. He has moved a little bit north and is now back between Muscatine, Iowa and New Boston, Illinois. It will be interesting to see if he keeps inching his way north...he could end up back in the Quad Cities.
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| TrackbackSaturday, September 17, 2016A Short Trip
Sky has moved a little bit to the north. He is now just upriver from New Boston, Illinois. Sky is still in her spot just a little east of Wisconsin Dells.
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| TrackbackThursday, September 15, 2016Picture Perfect Day
Yesterday was a picture perfect day at the nest. It was great to see one of the parents show up for a little while last night. This morning both of the youngsters have checked in and Sky continues to hang out near Oquawka, Illinois and Star is still in Wisconsin just a little southeast of her last spot near Briggswville.
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| TrackbackWednesday, September 14, 2016Very Little Travel
The kids are not moving too much the last couple of days. Below are the maps for Star & Sky. Both are still pretty much in the same spot they have been for the last few days.
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| TrackbackMonday, September 12, 2016Another Calm Day
Sky continues to do a bit more daily travel than Star. Yesterday Sky flew from south of Burlington back north and ended up (still along the river) near Oquawka, Illinois. Sky covered about 20 kilometers during the day and Star about 4. Below are the maps from yesterday.
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| TrackbackSunday, September 11, 2016One Moves & and One Does Not
below are maps from yesterday. Star stayed put at her spot in Wisconsin. Sky went a little further south nearly to Fort Madison before going back to just south of Burlington.
I I do want to remind posters, as I have before, this blog is to talk about Alcoa eagles and other eagle nests some of you watch. The occasional off topic comment or recipe to share is fine. If people want to get into discussions about politics or religion this is not the place. Those who continue to do this will be permanently blocked.
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