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 27 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.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016Let Us Know Some Names!
This week we begin taking your ideas for names for the Alcoa eaglets.
We will take suggestions through Monday, April 25. After we get your suggestions we will pick some of the best sets and create an online poll to vote on the final names.
To suggest a set of names, just go to the Alcoa Davenport Works Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AlcoaDavenportWorks Once you are there "like" our page and then 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 Monday, April 25.
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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| TrackbackMonday, April 11, 2016Second Hatch This Morning
We are excited to welcome the second eaglet to the nest at Alcoa EagleCam this morning. The hatch started yesterday and was completed early this morning. Hopefully both eaglets with thrive over the next few weeks.
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| TrackbackFriday, April 8, 2016First Hatch
Happy to report our first hatch for 2016. Hopefully a second hatch this weekend!
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| TrackbackAlmost Here
I have been out of town for a few days for an event planned before Liberty and Justice decided to be late with eggs this year. Storms this week knocked us off a couple of times. It also appears our audio may be damaged at the tree. Since we are close to a hatch we will not go down there right now. With a little luck maybe a few days of dry weather will fix the problem.
I do expect a hatch overnight tonight or during the day Friday. We will try to zoom in a bit and see if we can spot what is going on tomorrow. We will also boost the image quality and see how long the system runs at the higher resolution.
The next few days should be exciting!
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| TrackbackWednesday, March 30, 2016New Livestream Platform
This afternoon we upgraded to the Livestream Studio 3 platform. This should make our video stream more accessible on more mobile devices. If you have issues feel free to post comments here and I will try to get issues fixed or reply to answer questions.
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| TrackbackTuesday, March 29, 2016Not Much Longer
We continue to watch and wait for our hatch this year at the Alcoa EagleCam. I continue to expect a hatch around April 8th. A month ago we were all worried there might not be any eggs this year. Since the eggs arrived we have had very little excitement with the exception of one very windy storm earlier this month. The lack of excitement and the number of camera's in eagles nests around the U.S. tends to make us take all of this for granted. What a great opportunity it is for all of these nests to share this truly exceptional experience. All of these eagle pairs refurbish their nests every year. They manage to lay 2-3 eggs (sometimes in very harsh circumstances). They tend to those eggs for over a month and if everything goes right up to that point the wonder of the egg hatching and revealing a new eaglet is there for all of us to see. To me the most amazing part is how quickly these new eaglets begin to grow and 10-12 weeks later they are ready to take their first flight and fledge from the nest. Later in the summer they go their separate ways and the process starts all over again. Pretty amazing...and we all have a front row seat to one of the best shows in the world! Stay tuned.
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| TrackbackFriday, March 18, 2016Two Weeks Down
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| TrackbackFriday, March 11, 2016Two It Is
It is pretty clear that we will have two eggs in the Alcoa EagleCam nest this year. Unless Liberty and Justice have done a great job of hiding a third egg (not likely) I think we can plan to look for two eggs for the rest of the season. That being the case I would expect to see the hatching begin somewhere around April 7th or 8th. Hopefully they will be successful and have both eggs hatch this year.
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| TrackbackSunday, March 6, 2016Egg Number Two
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| TrackbackWednesday, March 2, 2016Welcome to Our First Egg
It was great to welcome the first egg of the season to the nest at Alcoa EagleCam. Liberty delivered the egg just before 2pm local time. If we get a second egg it would likely be Friday or Saturday. In the meantime, do not be alarmed when they get up and let the egg "cool" a bit. That is done intentionally to try to get the eggs to hatch closer to the same time to give all of the eaglets a better chance of survival. Watch for very devoted parents tonight as snow is expected beginning about 9pm.
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| TrackbackThursday, February 25, 2016The Wait Continues
We all continue to be focused on when the first egg will arrive in the nest at the Alcoa EagleCam. As noted by many of the posters in our comment feed, Liberty & Justice have done everything except lay an egg. As frustrating as it might be for all of us anxious to see an egg, this is just one more example of how nature operates on its own timetable and in its own way. Hopefully our patience will be rewarded soon.
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| TrackbackTuesday, February 9, 2016Are You Ready For An Egg?
In the next few days to a week I would expect to see an egg or two produced in our nest. It was great to see Liberty & Justice bring fresh nesting material in a few days ago and there is plenty more close by if they decide they need more. We have all seen the rehearsal "sitting" in the nest. The only thing left to do is actually lay an egg and then wait for the hatch in March. I know we are all hoping for a successful hatch this year!
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| TrackbackWednesday, 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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