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.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016A Little Exploring
Many continue to ask about the possibility of a second nest on our property. I spent a couple of hours earlier this week exploring the tree line along our property. I found lots of squirrel nests - and that may be why we see Liberty & Justice eating so many squirrels during the year. I found a spot with several eagles (1-adult and 2-immature) roosting in a tree right next to the river (see photo below). There was one tree close to a mile east of the current nest that has what could be the beginning of a nest. If it is the start of an eagle nest there is no way to know right now if it belongs to Liberty & Justice or another pair. There was no sign of any eagle activity while I was there. We will just have to wait and see what happens at the current nest to know for certain.
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| TrackbackTuesday, January 12, 2016Getting Close to Egg Time
Now that Bald Eagle Days in the QC are over, it is time to get serious about the 2016 nesting season. We have had several visitors to the nest in the last couple of weeks. With the river freezing over we can expect a few more migratory eagles in the neighborhood. I think we are all hoping for a successful egg laying and hatching this year. Looking at the calendar we are now about 4-5 weeks away from when we would expect to see eggs in this nest. Let's all keep our fingers crossed that Liberty and Justice have the chance again this year to show what good parents they are!
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| TrackbackFriday, December 11, 2015Great December Weather
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| TrackbackTuesday, December 8, 2015Active Day
It was an active morning in the nest. I appreciate all of the observations reported by so many people. When I first saw the two at the top of the tree I was watching from my iPhone and could not tell it was a different pair. Later I grabbed a shot of one of them in the nest. It will be interesting to see if they try to come back again. Even though many of you like to think about Freedom being about an adult now, keep in mind Liberty and Justice fledged two eaglets the year before Freedom and before we had the camera in the nest.
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| TrackbackMonday, December 7, 2015Test
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| TrackbackSunday, November 22, 2015Our First Taste of Winter
Liberty and Justice have had their first taste of winter this weekend. It won't be their biggest challenge as most of the snow should be gone in a few days. February when they lay eggs and incubate them for more than a month is usually the toughest stretch between weather and unwelcome visitors to the nest.
Please remember this comment feed is intended for discussion about what you see while watching the eagles and, of course, your thoughts on how they are doing. It is not a place for off-topic conversations.
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| TrackbackThursday, November 5, 2015Continuing to Work on Camera
We are continuing to work on the camera and the various connection points to come up with a permanent fix to the pixelation we get on the Nest View camera. We know a lot of things that are not causing the issue, but we are still working to find the cause and fix it. Hopefully we will get the job done in the next few days. And for those of you asking if I have been up in the basket of the lift by the nest...the answer is no. We have very good and very talented Alcoans who do that and do it well.
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| TrackbackThursday, October 29, 2015Getting Busy Soon
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| TrackbackFriday, October 9, 2015Camera Installed
We did get the new camera connected yesterday afternoon. We were able to back it up and raise the angle a bit to get a little wider shot of the nest. Hopefully this will be helpful to see parents and eaglets this next season. We are having some problems with some with colors in the picture part of the time. It appears this is a problem with a processing board in the computer that streams this camera. We will have to order a couple of parts and install them as soon as they come in.
A couple of you have asked about night vision. We do have better sensitivity with these new cameras but not true night vision. The best nighttime views are when we have a full moon or when we have low cloud cover that reflects the lights of the metro.
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| TrackbackThursday, October 8, 2015Working on the Cams
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| TrackbackThursday, October 1, 2015Cooler weather & more activity ahead
The brisk breeze this morning reminds all of us in the Quad Cities that the start of winter is just a couple of months away. We are seeing Liberty & Justice stop by the nest a little more regularly. Below is a picture from about 6:45 this morning. Late December and early January are really the time when they will be around almost all of the time. We are looking forward to a great nesting season in 2016!
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| TrackbackTuesday, September 22, 2015Back Online
Our video feed has been down for a couple of days related to an issue with our Mediacom service. We are back online although we are still fighting an issue with our audio. We will go off for a day or two in early October to replace the Nest View camera. Once we complete that project we should be ready for the 2016 nesting season.
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| TrackbackWednesday, September 2, 2015A New Visitor
It was entertaining to see an Osprey stop by the Alcoa EagleCam this afternoon. I have to admit I have not seen them around the area myself (until now). I do not have a good sense of what kind of Osprey population exists in the Quad Cities.
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| TrackbackMonday, August 24, 2015Feels Like Fall
We still have a few weeks of meteorological summer left, but it sure feels like fall in the Quad Cities. It has been a lot of fun to see Liberty & Justice in the nest at least a couple of times a day for the last few days. Hopefully this is a good sign of a better nesting season ahead.
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| TrackbackTuesday, July 28, 2015RIP Bob Anderson
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and colleagues of Bob Anderson from Decorah EagleCam and Raptor Resource Project. Bob was willing to talk with us years ago when the Alcoa EagleCam was just an idea. We appreciated his generosity in sharing ideas and what he had learned. Bob and his dedication to raptors will be sorely missed.
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