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.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014Time To Pick a Name
We have selected eight name options for this year's eaglet from nearly 2,000 suggestions we received over the last week-and-a-half. There were lots of great suggestions. It was hard to pick just eight. The most suggested name was Rudy in honor of Davenport (Iowa)Police Sgt. Kevin Marxen who passed away unexpectedly in February.
You can vote in the poll on this page just below the video box, or get to it from either the Alcoa FaceBook Page at www.facebook.com/alcoa or the Davenport Works FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/AlcoaDavenportWorks. We have more than 1,000 birthday wishes posted on the Davenport FaceBook page and posted the names of the chocolate egg winners there.
Thanks for your continued interest in Alcoa EagleCam. The voting will run through Sunday, April 27th.
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| TrackbackMonday, April 07, 2014Give Us Your Name Ideas
This week we begin taking your ideas for names for the Alcoa eaglet.
We will take suggestions through Sunday, April 13. After we get your suggestions we will pick some of the best and create an online poll starting on April 16, for all of you to vote on the final names.
To suggest a name, or names, just go to the Alcoa Facebook page or the Alcoa Davenport Works Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AlcoaDavenportWorks or www.facebook.com/alcoa Once you are there you need to "like" our page and then you can go to the Eaglet Name posting and type a comment with your name suggestion.
Feel free to share this page with your friends to see how many "likes" we can get for the eaglet naming process. We will keep the suggestions open through Sunday, April 13. We will then review the suggestions and compile a list for all of you to vote on in an online poll just like we have done for the past three years.
If you are not on Facebook, you may tweet your name ideas using the hashtag #alcoaeaglecam or just post a comment to this blog.
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| TrackbackThursday, April 03, 2014Say Happy Birthday and Win!
To celebrate the hatching enter to win one of five famous Lagomarcino's homemade chocolate filled (Eagle) eggs! We will draw five Alcoa Davenport employee names and five names from the general public. Entering is easy:
1. Log-in and visit Alcoa Davenport Works Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AlcoaDavenportWorks
2. "Like" the Alcoa Davenport page (if you are already a fan, skip this step)
3. Comment "Happy Birthday!" on the post that says "Say Happy Birthday."
The contest is open until Sunday, April 13. Winners will be notified on Monday, April 14.
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| TrackbackWednesday, April 02, 2014Happy Birthday!
The egg in the nest at Alcoa EagleCam has hatched. It was confirmed just after 10:30am local time this morning. Congratulations to Liberty & Justice!
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| TrackbackTuesday, April 01, 2014Hatching - No Fool'in
The hatch is underway at the nest here at Alcoa. A hole has been seen in the egg a couple of times this morning and it appears to be larger now than it was early today. The hatch may happen today or finish up tomorrow depending on how long it takes the eaglet to free itself from the egg. Enjoy watching this process.
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| TrackbackWednesday, March 26, 2014Hatching Next Week?
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| TrackbackSunday, March 16, 2014One Egg Broken
I am sorry to confirm that one of the eggs in the nest is indeed broken. I know we have had lots of other eagles in the area this year keeeping our pair agitated. Unless one of our viewers saw it happen, I have to assume either Liberty or Justice stepped on it by accident. We will all hope the remaining egg wll be successful making it to hatch in early April.
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| TrackbackLet's Stay Positive
I have seen several posts speculating one of the eggs is broken. I have seen similar concerns in past years. I saw the most recent egg roll and it is possible one egg is broken, it is also possible it has a dark feather or other debris stuck to it. We will continue to watch and hope for the best.
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| TrackbackFriday, March 14, 2014Friday in the Nest-er-hood
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| TrackbackMonday, March 10, 2014Offline Monday
We have been offline for a while this morning. We are doing a little work at ground level to see if we can fix the audio interference we are getting from a local radio station. We should be back online a little later.
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| TrackbackWednesday, March 05, 2014Temporary Downtime
Sorry our video was off-line for a while this afternoon. Not to get too techie, but the folks at Typepad (the blogging application we use to type notes like this) experienced an unplanned outage. The outage caused our blog, the video streams and the Twitter feed not to run. Thanks to all of you for your patience.
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| TrackbackThursday, February 27, 2014Egg Number Two
Liberty laid egg number two this afternoon about 5:30 local time. Hopefully all the new straw in the nest will help insulate the eggs tonight. We are heading to an overnight low of about eight below zero.
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| TrackbackSunday, February 23, 2014Egg Number One?
It looks like we may have our first egg of 2014 season. Both Liberty and Justice were in the nest late this afternoon as it was getting dark. Liberty stayed and has moved around a couple of times acting like she is covering an egg. So far it has been too dark to confirm, so we may have to wait for morning to get a view. If this is egg number one, it will be interesting to see if we get any more in the next few days.
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| TrackbackTuesday, February 18, 2014Working on Computers
You may have seen us on and off a few times late this afternoon. We are upgrading the computer that streams the nest view camera. You should see an improvement in the resolution of the picture. Just to prove no good deed goes unpunished, we have a better picture but have lost the connection to the sound on that view. It should only be a temporary problem and hopefully he will be able to get the sound back tomorrow.
It was nearly 50 degrees here at the nest today and it was nice to see all the snow from yesterday drain out of the nest over the course of the afternoon.
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| TrackbackMonday, February 10, 2014Could Be This Week
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