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.
Friday, February 27, 2015Ready for the Weekend?
A beautiful sunny but very cold day today in the nest. We have seen rolling the egg and several times with the parents switching responsibilities. I agree with some of those posting today that the time off the egg is a good sign Liberty & Justice are intending to deliver at least one more egg. Since they seem to like the really nasty weather maybe it will be late Saturday when it is supposed to snow again! We will have to wait and see.
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| TrackbackThursday, February 26, 2015Now The Fun Begins
All of the anxiety over will they or won't they have more eggs is now over. Now we start the clock ticking on 35-37 days of incubation and protection of the egg. Hopefully the juveniles in the area will start to move away and become less of a bother to Liberty & Justice. We have new snow on the ground and the nest, really cold temperatures for the next couple of days and in coming weeks probably some rain and thunderstorms. It will be exciting to watch them deal with all of the challenges Mother Nature sends them.
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| TrackbackWednesday, February 25, 2015We Have an Egg
Liberty certainly picked a nasty afternoon to lay an egg. Again, we have to realize the eagles operate on their own timetable. With a little luck we will see another egg or two over the next few days!
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| TrackbackSnow Moving In Today
It looks like we will be in for some snow this afternoon and evening. Hopefully the heavier amounts stay west and south. Eagles already in the nest this morning eating a fish. Here's to a productive day for all!
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| TrackbackTuesday, February 24, 2015Windy but Warmer
The wind has definitely picked up today, but it should get into the 30's this afternoon. It has been a busy day at the nest already this morning with a Juvie, then Justice and most recently Liberty sitting in the nest. Still hoping for an egg soon!
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| TrackbackMonday, February 23, 2015New Week Ahead
We all continue to watch and learn new things about this nest and Liberty & Justice. Again today we have seen both of them in the nest at times, one of them in the nest at times and at least one juvenile eagle in the nest. It is a very bright day with lots of sunshine, but still very cold. Tomorrow should be a warmer day. Here's hoping we see an egg or two very soon!
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| TrackbackFriday, February 20, 2015Another Active Day
Today was a much nicer day weather-wise for Liberty & Justice. Lots of fish eating in the nest. The pair seems much more defensive all day as other eagles approached the nest. Now, late in the day both are on the nest and seem to be waiting for something to happen. Will there be an egg tonight? Stay tuned to find out!
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| TrackbackThursday, February 19, 2015Lots of Activity for a Cold Day
It has been a pretty busy day in the nest today, but still no egg. Both Liberty & Justice were around early this morning. We have seen them eating fish a couple of different times today. We also have seen lots of work by both eagles fluffing up the nest and getting it ready. Liberty was hunkered down for almost an hour this afternoon then seemed to get agitated and took off. She is clearly on her own timetable at this point.
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| TrackbackTuesday, February 17, 2015Cleaning Up Again Today
Liberty & Justice were back in the nest together around 4:10 pm nest time today. They had a fair amount of cleanup to do after visits to the nest by one or two different juvenile eagles today. The last one made quite a mess.
There have been several comments today about rules on this site. I only ask people to be courteous to each other. I would prefer people not share too much personal information here. Facebook is a much better place for that. I will delete foul language if I see it. I would prefer that most of the comments be about what you see on the cameras, your observations and your thoughts about those observations. Again, the off topic conversations really belong on Facebook.
I hope all of your patience and concern is rewarded very soon with another egg or two. These are very interesting times in the nest!
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| TrackbackActive Day Yesterday
It was a crazy busy day in and around the nest on Monday, especially late in the day. From my vantage point is looked like both Liberty & Justice took turns trying to drive off at least two different juveniles. Eventually Liberty settled into the nest for a few hours. I think we all got our hopes up that she was ready to lay another egg. Unfortunately she then took off for the rest of the night. I guess we will all be watching today in hopes we see an egg.
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| TrackbackMonday, February 16, 2015Better Week Ahead
Hopefully this will be a better week at the nest for Liberty & Justice. There was lots of activity on Sunday including visits by a Juvie or two. This morning our pair have been around eating and hanging out. It looks like the nest is ready and with some luck not too much wind this week.
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| TrackbackSaturday, February 14, 2015Broken Egg
Unfortunately the first egg of the season did not survive the night in the nest. One of our viewers first reported seeing it broken just before 7am (Central Time) this morning. We had very high winds overnight including a weather service warning about the winds. It is possible the wind caused a misstep as the parent got up to roll the egg. Hopefully we will have one or two more eggs in the next few days.
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| TrackbackFriday, February 13, 2015Happy First Egg!
Congratulations to Liberty & Justice on the first egg of the 2015 nesting season. They have done an excellent job of getting the nest ready this year. Hopefully we will have 1-2 more eggs over the next 5 days or so. Now things really are getting egg-citing!
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| TrackbackWednesday, February 11, 2015Could be Today!
Lots of activity in the nest overnight and early this morning. Looks like today could be the day for egg laying to begin.
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| TrackbackSunday, February 08, 2015Eggs Coming Soon?
It looks like most of the snow has melted out of the nest. We have seen Liberty & Justice working hard the last couple of days. I would expect eggs to appear this week. We are still seeing quite a few other eagles in the area so hopefully Justice is ready to defend the nest and the eggs once they arrive. This should be an egg-citing week!
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