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.
Thursday, 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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| TrackbackWednesday, October 16, 2013Second Graders Celebrate Eagles
During the 2012-2013 school year hundreds of students around the world participated in an online learning project about Bald Eagles with a focus on the nest here at Alcoa. The project was created by the Bettendorf Middle School and funded by Alcoa Foundation. One of the classes participating was a second grade class in New Brunswick, Canada. At the end of the school year they created a music video to show what they learned and their passion for the Bald Eagle. Here is a link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFqiPk3NrFY
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| TrackbackFriday, October 11, 2013Changing Colors
It is a beautiful day at the nest. The colors in the trees are really starting to change. That means it won't be too long before the leaves are gone and our next "eagle" season will begin. I did spot one parent and what appeared to be a pelican soaring in the distance this afternoon.
Some of you have asked about the second camera. It is installed. We just don't have all the equipment in yet to be able to stream both feeds. Hopefully we will get there in the next couple of weeks. As for the current camera, it is zoomed out as far as it goes.
Below are a couple of pictures from this afternoon in the vicinity of the nest.
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| TrackbackSaturday, September 21, 2013Getting Ready for Fall
Our crews have been working this week and this weekend to get the old camera replaced and to position a new, second camera, for the coming season. With a little luck we will have at least one of the cameras online in the next few days. Below are a couple of pictures of our crew at work in the tree and a picture showing about what the new camera view will look like. Hope to see you all watching us live again very soon.
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| TrackbackTuesday, August 06, 2013Quiet at the Nest
It has been pretty quiet at the nest the last couple of weeks. Today I saw one of the parents in the tree line to the west of the nest. I got a couple of shots I have posted below. I did hear from a boater on the river that they saw the youngsters in our trees last weekend. We are working on plans to repair the camera. Hopefully we will be able to get that done later this month. Good luck to all of you with what is left of summer.
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| TrackbackThursday, July 11, 2013Off Line for the Season
We are now going to be off-line for at least a month or so. The temporary camera went down early this week and the rental on the lifting device we were using as a platform has now expired. Since there is limited activity we are going to use this time to plan our repair and installation work. During the next few weeks I will try to get a few shots of activity when I can find some. We hope to restore the original camera feed in August and then work on our secondary location for a permanent installation.
We hope everyone enjoys the rest of the summer. Don't forget to check out the activity at the www.alcoa.com/ospreycam. The Osprey's have fledged, but you can see some activity from time to time.
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| TrackbackMonday, July 08, 2013Another Successful Season
As most of you have figured out our camera went offline overnight. We hope to get it back on in the next day or so. I have to get an electrician down to see what happened to the power.
We will be taking down the temporary camera in the next week or two until we can come up with a more permanent solution to this secondary location. In August we hope to be able to get up to the original camera and get it repaired and back online.
At the end of all of this work it is our hope to have two cameras available on a regular basis from different vantage points.
I was down at the nest site this morning and there is still lots of activity. Below are a couple of shots of one of the "babies" flying by and shots of eggrets/herons and pelicans in the neighborhood.
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| TrackbackSaturday, June 15, 2013Expanding Their Horizons
In just a week since fledging Honor and Glory are doing a great job of getting out and about to see a little more of the world around them. Below are a few pictures from yesterday. One parent flying by to check on the kids and a few shots of the kids. Including one perched on a dead stump near the river with a pelican cruizing by in the background.
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| TrackbackSunday, June 09, 2013Successful Fledge Today
From what we can see it appears both Honor and Glory fledged today. Below are a couple of pictures from late this afternoon at the nest. One of the eaglets was still on a branch near the nest as one of the parents droped in on a branch above. The other was actually sitting on the peak of the roof of the building below the nest. Even though we have not seen him back up on the nest this afternoon it seems he may just be relishing his new ability to explore. The typical pattern for the past few years is for the eaglets to stick around the nest and the tree for another six weeks or so as they learn to fly and hunt.
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| TrackbackFriday, June 07, 2013Further and Further
Honor and Glory are getting further and further out on the limbs around the nest this week. It won't be much longer until they take that next step, to actually fly from this tree to another or the ground and back up to the nest. I would expect to see them around for at least the next 6-8 weeks before they head out on there own. One of the new pictures from today shows mom or dad in the nest looking like they are encouraging them to take that next step!
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| TrackbackThursday, May 30, 2013Ready for Liftoff
Honor and Glory are really getting some good hang time above the nest the last few days. I have not seen them on any of the branches yet, but I have seen posts indicating they have been on the branch just below the old camera. Below are a couple of shots from yesterday of both of them in the nest, one parent on a branch above the nest and the other parent cruising nearby.
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| TrackbackFriday, May 24, 2013Memorial Day Weekend
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| TrackbackMonday, May 13, 2013A Look Around
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