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, July 2, 2015Great Weather Ahead
It looks like we will have a few days in a row with low humidity and no precipitation. We certainly deserve a break at this point. It was good to see both of our eagles a couple of times yesterday. I did grab a screen shot of one of them on the branch. We hope everyone has a good Holiday weekend.
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| TrackbackFriday, June 19, 2015Slow Time At The Nest
It is very quiet these days at the Alcoa EagleCam nest. This is normally the time of year the parents spend less time at the nest as the eaglets begin to fledge. We will still see Liberty & Justice from time to time, but expect it to be much less frequent from now through at least August. We hope everyone has a great summer and we are looking forward to a better season at Alcoa EagleCam in 2016!
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| TrackbackMonday, June 1, 2015Let Summer Begin!
Things are getting more quiet at the nest. No eaglets to fledge and not as many visits by Liberty and Justice. Unless something changes they are likely to be around most of the summer but will stop by the nest less frequently until we get into September and October. I did grab a frame of one of them having an early dinner yesterday.
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| TrackbackFriday, May 15, 2015Nest Continues To Evolve
It is great that we see Liberty & Justice almost every day. They are continuing to keep themselves busy working on the nest. Our weather is warming up over the weekend. The humidity is up and that probably means a few more storms in the coming days.
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| TrackbackTuesday, May 5, 2015Dreary Day at the Nest
We need the rain, but it sure makes for a dreary day watching the nest. Good to see both Liberty & Justice stop by again this morning. As I have told folks in the past, other years even after fledging they pretty much stay around the nest area all year long.
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| TrackbackSunday, April 26, 2015Great Week of Weather Ahead
It looks like this week should bring much nicer weather to the nest. Yesterday was cold, wet and windy. That did not seem to phase Liberty & Justice as they continued to work on the nest at different points throughout the day. We will just have to watch to see how much longer they will continue tending the nest this season.
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| TrackbackMonday, April 20, 2015Rocking & Rolling
The nest is bouncing around like crazy today. We can expect winds and colder temps for at least a couple of days. Grabbed a screen shot of the two of them together again today in the nest just before noon "nest time".
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| TrackbackThursday, 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 7, 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 6, 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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