A pair of bald eagles joined the Arconic 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 eleven eaglets from this nest.
Since the camera was installed nearly 30 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. Arconic is proud that our unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability is helping conserve our precious natural resources.
Winter has definitely arrived for Liberty & Justice. We are seeing them almost every day for at least a little while. It looks like they have the nest pretty well prepared for the nesting season. Obviously they will continue to work on it especially each time we get snow and they have to get the bowl area cleared out. Below is a picture of the two from this morning. I have also attached an update on Sky's position in south-central Illinois. We still have not seen any new data from Star in almost three weeks. I can tell you that even in southern Illinois, Sky's battery level is getting very low and I would not be surprised to see his data disappear from time to time. Hopefully Star will check in again at some point, but it might not be soon.
Sky continues to move around but is still in about the same spot in south-central Illinois near the city of Vandalia. The transmitter on Star has not made contact and transmitted any data in over a week. You may remember that early on in her travel to Wisconsin she was out of contact several times for a number of days at a time. There are deadspots in the cell network up there and with the much shorter days the solar panel may not be getting enough light to charge the transmitter enough to send the data. We will just continue to check and hope that we get an update at some point in the future.
From our eagle family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for this year. Despite many challenges we had two eaglets that fledged successfully, Liberty and Justice built a new nest and we have a great view for this coming season as we launch the renamed Arconic EagleCam. Have a great holiday weekend everyone!
I know some of you have been concerned not seeing Liberty & Justice in the nest for about a week. As I have said, that is not unusual this time of the year. I know many of you were happy to see them back in the nest working for a while this morning. I have rotated the Tree Top View camera to give you a better view of them as they fly-in and fly-out of the nest. Below is a picture of them from this morning. I have also given you maps of Star and Sky from Sunday and today. You will see Star as moved a little south in Wisconsin. She is back in the vicinity of Wisconsin Dells. Sky on the other hand continues to move a bit, but is basically staying in south-central Illinois.
While we wait for Liberty & Justice to get back to the nest...Here is something you might find interesting. Today Arconic launched a new digital advertising campaign to introduce our new company to the world.
The world of The Jetsons gets a scientific makeover: The centerpiece of the campaign is a live-action re-imagination of the world of “The Jetsons,” a cartoon series that began in 1962 and was set then-100 years in the future, in 2062. Our spot, directed by Hollywood filmmaker Justin Lin of Star Trek Beyond fame, features the futuristic cars, planes and buildings from our campaign, all enabled by Arconic technology. The piece follows Arconic engineer George Jetson, Arconic Chief Innovation Officer Jane Jetson, architecture student Judy Jetson, and elementary student Elroy Jetson on their morning commute. Arriving at Arconic’s Technology Center of the future, George meets his customer - giving you a glimpse inside the Arconic of 2062.
It is fun to watch and only takes one minute:
We completed the installation of the new Nest View camera this weekend and today got it streaming. In addition to the new camera, we have installed an infrared light to allow us to keep a closer eye on the nest at night. While it will look to you like there is a light shining in the nest, it is not visible to humans or eagles without the cameras we have installed (some of you noticed the light last night). Some time in the next week or so we will have some downtime while we change out some computer hardware intended to make our video work better at the higher resolutions we are now able to provide. Hopefully the outages will not take long, but that is why we are doing them now so we are ready for the new nesting season that is just around the corner.
Below are screen grabs from yesterday of where Star and Sky are currently residing. You will see that Sky is still in southern Illinois near the town of Herrick and Star is in what I would call north central Wisconsin, just souht of the Wisconsin Rapids area.
Liberty and Justice continue to make great progress on the new nest. I think they will have it in fine shape by the time for eggs rolls around in February. I am hoping we are ready to install the new camera in the next week or so before the weather takes a hard turn toward colder temps. In the meantime, Star and Sky continue to hang out in about the same spots. Sky is in southern Illinois south of Springfield and Star is up in Wisconsin north of Madison.
On Tuesday, November 1, Alcoa will separate into two publicly traded companies. Davenport Works and the EagleCam will be part of the company named Arconic.
As part of the transition, this weekend our corporate IT folks will be working to move this blog to the new website. Starting about midnight (EDT) tonight any comments you post here will likely not be part of the move. Look for an additional update on Monday, October 31.
Hopefully our new camera will arrive soon and we can get it installed before the weather turns cold. In the meantime we seem to have fixed our streaming issues and are now able to up the feed to HD quality. We will be replacing some computer equipment next month as well which will hopefully keep our feed from dropping offline as often as it has in the past.
Below are tracking maps for Sky and Star from today. Sky is still in what I call south central Illinois. He appears to be a little south of a town by the name of Herrick. Star is still hanging out in the center part of Wisconsin.
We spent part of the day today taking a closer look at the location of the new nest in advance of installing a new camera. Now that we know where we plan to mount it will take a little time to get everything ordered. Hopefully we can get the work done before it gets too cold here. Below are the screen grabs of today's tracking maps for Sky and Star. Sky is all the way down near Springfield, Illinois. Star continues to hang out in the middle of Wisconsin.