March 19, 2012
Eaglets Begin Hatching At Alcoa
You Can Watch The Hatching Process On The Alcoa EagleCam
RIVERDALE, Iowa - The hatching of three eggs in an eagle’s nest near the giant Alcoa (NYSE:AA) aluminum rolling mill in Iowa has started. Viewers from around the world are connecting to the Alcoa EagleCam to see if all three eggs in the nest hatch. This is the third year the parent eagles, named Liberty and Justice, have used the nest and the second year the Alcoa EagleCam has provided an opportunity to watch live.
“Alcoa employees are always proud to see their material flying through the sky as part of a jet plane, hauling products across the country as part of a truck or train, or improving gas mileage as part of the family car, but right now they are also pretty proud of this pair of eagles nesting at the plant," said John Riches, Alcoa Davenport Community Relations Manager.
Last year Alcoa’s “EagleCam” received nearly 1.5 million hits. “We are proud to share this natural wonder around the globe,” Riches said. “We believe it is a testament to the work our employees have done to reduce air emissions and water use dramatically during the past couple of decades.”
Alcoa consulted with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service before installing the first camera nearly two years ago to make sure the nest was not disturbed in the process. “We knew employees would be interested in seeing the nest in real time. The interest from the community and beyond has really been amazing,” said Riches. “We have had hits from dozens of countries and virtually every continent.” Hundreds of schools in the U.S. and around the world are tuning in as part of classroom activities.
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for ten consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.